by Bryn Mawr Assistant Athletics Communication Director Kayla Lawrence
BRYN MAWR, Pa. - Wednesday, November 8th the Bryn Mawr Swim team honored the passing of Ted Mullin by participating in the annual honor of the Hour of Power relay. The Hour of Power relay honors the Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer. Funds raised through this event support research at the University of Chicago Medicine. Hundreds of teams from across the nation have come together to support the cause. Within the past 11 years participating schools have raised more than $667,000 for the Ted Mullin Fund.
Bryn Mawr Swimming has been involved in the event in previous years however this year had a greater significance to the team. Freshman Ruth Mullin's family connection along with Karin Colby's ties, the Head Swim Coach at Swarthmore and a former co-captain of the Carleton swim team with Ted Mullin made the event even more significant.
The Owls invited various members of the community to join in for the fun event. The teams participation focused on awareness and showing support for the continued Sarcoma Research. Head Coach Nikki Whitlock was thrilled when asked to participate in the event this year. Stating "Here at Bryn Mawr our athletes have always been community based. We make an emphasis to be involved in various charities and events including Fight for a Cure and Breast Cancer Awareness events".
In attendance were numerous student athletes, swim coaches, and Athletic Director Kathy Tierney who made an effort to point out that "this event represents so much of what Bryn Mawr Athletes do in terms of using their platforms to serve and support others".
The Bryn Mawr swim team will be hosting another fundraising event in support of Breast Cancer Awareness during its swim meet on November 29th.