Clippers kick and paddle to raise money

Swimmers on the Cottonwood Clippers are swimming a mile to raise money for the team

The season has been going well for the Cottonwood Clippers. The team just got back from a meet in Kingman where they got to compete in an Olympic sized pool. And With their final meet coming up fast, the swimmers break from its regular routine to raise money for the team.

This year's team has close to 100 swimmers, broken up in an 'A' team and a 'B' team. Those swimmers are partaking in quite a task. Swimming a mile and raising money for their team.

Each swimmer takes his/her turn in the pool going the distance of one mile. Supporters pledge money to help support the swim team and its activities.

The fund-raiser is going on this week at the Cottonwood swimming pool. Some of the faster swimmers can do the mile in about 23 minutes, while it takes more time for the smaller and less experienced swimmers, but just about all of them participate in the event and do the best they can.

The coaches ask each swimmer to raise a minimum of $25. If they raise $50 they can get a 'Mile T-Shirt,' and trophies are awarded for each age group for the fastest time for that extra competitive edge.

In the past, the team has rewarded the top three fund-raisers by comping next year's registration fees, sent the top person to a swim camp or by giving them something special like an embroidered towel, bag or back pack.

After the fund-raising is over, the team will get ready for the Verde Valley Invitational in Cottonwood.

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