Saturday, June 25, 2022

Experience vs. Youth - A swim for the ages

Seventy-eight years-young Skip Hause made a swim challenge to Helaina Sacco, Head Swimming, Diving Coach & Aquatics Coordinator for Colby-Sawyer College (CSC), New London, NH. For this swim, Helaina will also be joined by two of her collegiate swimmers, Quinn and Kelsey.

Skip has challenged a celebrity swimmer in a fund-raiser for the past seven years in a half-mile open water swim from Sunapee Harbor’s Lake Avenue to Dewey Beach. 

Support Crew and CSC Challengers Planning Swim Strategy
The Handicap

Skip and Helaina agreed Skip needed a time handicap.  Helaina and Quinn would wait for a full sixteen minutes before she and Quinn start their swim. Thereafter, two minutes later, Kelsey, the current CSC school record holder in the 400 IM, 200 IM, 200 Fly, and 100 Fly would begin, giving Skip an eighteen-minute start on Kelsey.

The swimmers begin at Skip’s dock in Sunapee Harbor.

These sixteen and eighteen-minute times came from using Skip’s best time last year when he challenged Helaina given a twelve-minute lead and was easily passed by Helaina. Thus Helaina felt comfortable this year that the sixteen and eighteen-minute leads for Skip may result in them reaching the Dewey Beach shoreline simultaneously. 

New Hampshire WMUR TV hosted by Sean McDonald was on-site to film and interview the athletes.  Once the TV show is live, I will provide a link here.  It was my pleasure to see how a professional film crew works and to meet them in person.  Their use of a drone is remarkable. 

The below 16-minute video shares the Challenge with You.


The stakes for this very sociable race raise funds for the Colby-Sawyer College swim team. 

Make Donations to Colby-Sawyer College

Mail checks payable to Colby-Sawyer College:

Colby-Sawyer College
Attn: Helaina Sacco, Head Swimming, Diving Coach & Aquatics Coordinator
541 Main Street
New London, NH 03257
Other Challenges by Skip
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