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Published February 19, 2011, 08:44 PM

Swim-A-Thon Raises Over $2,500 For A Good Cause

Some high school swimmers in Grand Forks are hitting the water for a good workout, but for even a better cause. To help the Grand Forks Special Olympics.

Some high school swimmers in Grand Forks are hitting the water for a good workout, but for even a better cause.

To help the Grand Forks Special Olympics.

For 18-year-old Tyler Newman swimming isn't just a hobby but a way of life.

"The best part for me is the meets, I just like the competition and trying to race against yourself and beat your times." Tyler said.

Tyler and his dad Brent Newman both have a love for the water... Brent being the coach of the Knightriders swim team...and Tyler, one of the teams captains.

" My dad being the head coach he kind of pushed me to start and I've been swimming since 7th grade and doing it since." Tyler said.

This is the 3rd annual swim-a-thon at Central High School. Students collect donations over a two week period and swim laps to raise even more money. 75-percent of the funds going to Grand Forks Special Olympics....25-percent helping out the team.

"Parents are keeping track of laps. We count their laps and count yardage. We swam as a group we swam over 160 miles last year." Brent said.

The team swims for 8 hours which can be a challenge, but raising money for a good cause is what keeps these swimmers moving.

"It's a good community project and it's just a good time to get in some yards before our championship meets and get us prepared for that." tyler said.

The team works with swimmers in the Special Olympics after their season is over...making this fundraising event even more meaningful to those involved.

"It's a little closer to heart than giving a donation just to some group. It's a group that guys on our team have worked with. It's a group we're fairly close to." Brent said.

Keeping this father-son team close to the pool for more than the love of the sport.

Last year the team raised over 2-thousand dollars. This year...over 25-hundred.

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