ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Chris Schuler, the head coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams at SUNY Oneonta, will contribute to the fight against cancer again this year doing what she does best—swimming. On August 13, Schuler will participate in a 5K swim at Morgan Park in Glen Cove, New York, as part of the nationwide "Swim Across America" initiative, which helps to raise money for cancer research and treatment through swimming-related events. This year, several SUNY Oneonta alumni swimmers have joined her team.
Schuler is undertaking the swim in memory of friends and relatives that she lost to the disease. Her team of SUNY Oneonta swimmers will include Mary Ryan, a 2005 graduate who introduced her to "Swim Across America" seven years ago.
Another member of the team will be Lauren Maietta, a 2010 graduate. Thanks to treatment by the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, she overcame fibrous dysplasia in her femur and went on to a career as a college swimmer at SUNY Oneonta.
In Deposit, New York, 1972 alumnus Keith Benjamin plans to participate by swimming Crystal Lake. He will swim in memory of a young girl in his parish who would have graduated from high school this year had she not lost her battle with cancer.
The swimmers' goal is to raise $5,000 as a group for the fight against cancer. Their web page is available by searching for "Schuler" at www.swimacrossamerica.org.
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 almamater, Clarkson University, where she excelled in the backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.
More information about her swim and Swim Across America is available from Schuler via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.swimacrossamerica.org/.