Pink Swim-a-thon: Breaststroke for Breast Cancer
  • ​Members of Northwestern's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity chapter match in pink swimsuits that they got just for the event.
  • ​Sisters Maddy Pollard, 10, and Gemma, 6, whose family "supports everything Northwestern," finish the lap side by side.
  • ​Members of the women's swimming and diving team await their turn to swim.
  • Julia Pratt, School of Communication senior and co-chair of Breaststroke for Breast Cancer, greets and signs in swimmers and gives them pink swim caps for the event.
  • ​This year's pink duck cake, baked by Weinberg senior Julianne Kurke, is up for bids at the silent auction to raise money. Last year, the winning bid was over 700 dollars.
  • ​Swimmers wait for their turn as their teammates complete laps.
  • ​The Northwestern women's swimming and diving team sells baked goods to raise more money.
  • Doug Meffley (center), the Director of Media Services for the Northwestern Department of Athletics, emcees the event with his son Jackson. Natasha Zeigler (left) is present as the pool manager and Ed Martig (right), the associate director of aquatics, works the sound system, playing up-beat songs for the swimmers.
Photos by Hyunjee Lee / North by Northwestern

Students, athletes, faculty and community members swam at the fourth annual Breaststroke 4 Breast Cancer relay swim-a-thon Wednesday at Norris Aquatics Center to raise money for breast cancer research and educational programs. The event, hosted by the Northwestern Women's Swimming and Diving team, raised money through participant fees, a silent auction on donated goods including a pink duck cake, a bake sale and donations. Don Pollack from Wilmette, when asked why he participated the event, put it simply: "It's a good cause." Each participant received a bright pink swim cap and many wore pink clothing, which colored the usually purple-and-white-decorated aquatics center pink for breast cancer awareness.


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