Tartans open Hour of Power to public

The Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving team will host its third annual Hour of Power this Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the UC. The Hour of Power is in its fifth year running at Carleton College, the original site of the fundraiser. It is held in the honor of Carleton swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a kind of cancer. This year, the Tartans' swimming team has created an additional event for the public this Sunday, separate from the initial swim team's hour. It costs $15 to participate, swimmers of all ability levels are welcome, and the price includes a free Hour of Power T-shirt.

The swimming team is very passionate about this event and wants to get as many people to participate as possible. The number of schools participating has grown every year. The Tartans have been raising money by selling commemorative T-shirts for $10, and the team has increased its donation amount each year.

“We started this charity two years ago, and each year we have increased our donations collected. We have already surpassed out donations collected from last year and are excited to reach our goal of $1,000 this year,” junior swim team member Jen Sung said. “We organized a new Hour of Power event for the general public so more people can support our cause.”

The funds raised by this event will go toward the University of Chicago Medical Center’s pediatric sarcoma research efforts. The Ted Mullin Fund, started by Carleton College, was able to support the center's recruitment of Stephen X. Skapek, an expert in the area of sarcoma research and treatment. Skapek and his team are working toward developing treatment strategies that will be effective on the cancer cells that continue to proliferate after chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

The event will be an hour-long leave-it-in-the-pool practice. All participants will divide into teams of five or six and be swimming continuous relays of 50 yards at maximum effort, using any stroke. Optimally, all participating schools begin and end the Hour of Power at the same time. The swimmers participating know that thousands of other people are speeding through the water for the same cause all across the nation. This enhances the inspiration and spirit of the event as participants complete their workouts.

Registration is still open, and fees are due by Nov. 14. Forms can be directed to Kaitlan Ahrens ([SLANT12][SLANT12]).