The Special Olympics Virginia Area 26 Open Water Swim Team, Potomac River Dolphins, completed a 15.3 mile relay swim as part of the DC Marathon Swim. Team members Jenny Mitchell, Carl Alf, Rose Pleskow and Luke Ferris trained all summer with Wave One Swimming for this incredible event.
The course began in the Potomac River near Chain Bridge, passed all the sites of DC and Alexandria and finished over 3 miles south of the Wilson Bridge. What an amazing experience for the team to see all the monuments from the water. The team had to navigate currents, winds, and tides throughout the day, but they all ended with smiles at its conclusion.
The event proves once again that there are no limits in the athletic pursuits of Special Olympics Athletes.
A tremendous amount of support went into this event to ensure the safety of the swimmers.
The Potomac River Dolphins would like to thank the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund for its financial support of this swim, Denis Crean and Wave One for their financial support and overall coordination of the event, technical coach Tom Hull, unified partners, John Ferris, David Kaizer and Chio Hatakeyama, kayakers Nora Jodrey and Keshawn Hiley, official observer Taylor Gunther, boat captains Bryce and Terry Mitchell, and parent support from Patti Alf, Susan Pleskow and John Ferris.