ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Chris Schuler, the head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at SUNY Oneonta, is doing what she does best—swimming—to contribute to the fight against cancer. On August 14, Schuler will participate in a 10K swim at Morgan Park in Glen Cove, NY, as part of the nationwide “Swim Across America” initiative, which helps to raise money for cancer research and treatment through swimming-related events.
Schuler is undertaking the 6.2-mile swim in memory of several friends and relatives that she lost to the terrible disease. She has dedicated her swim to the memory of Jen Schuler, her sister-in-law, and Joe Lombardo, the husband of her dear friend.
The proceeds of the swim will support cancer research at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center-SAA Laboratory, the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Fighting Chance--a free Cancer Resource and Counseling Center in Sag Harbor, and the MIRACLE Pavilion at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre.
Schuler has established a web page at www.swimacrossamerica.org/schuler through which supporters can make contributions and get updates from her on her training for the long-distance swim. In a recent entry, she reported that she had just swum three miles in Gilbert Lake as part of her training.
Collection canisters for donations in support of Schuler’s swim have been placed in downtown Oneonta at Tina Marie’s Hair Salon, the Latte Lounge, Ruffino’s and the Golden Guernsey.
Chris Schuler, who holds a master’s degree in sport psychology from Springfield College, has served as head coach of swimming and diving at SUNY Oneonta for 13 years. In 1999-2000 she was honored as the SUNYAC Women’s Coach of the Year. She holds three school records at her undergraduate alma mater, Clarkson University, where she excelled in the backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.
More information about her swim and Swim Across America is available from Chris Schuler via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.swimacrossamerica.org/schuler.