The Meredith Townes Mudpuppies, a Raleigh swim team, are continuing the fight to find a cure for cancer by hosting a Swim Across America Olympic Swim and Olympic clinics at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, NC on June 11, 2017 from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Youth, adults and teams from across the state will converge in Cary, North Carolina at the TriangleAquatic Center to participate in the Olympic Clinics for both swimming and water polo. Also, new for this year, they will have a Brianʼs Mile of Hope swim, which is an indoor “open water” 1 mile swim. Proceeds from these clinics, organized by the Meredith Townes Mudpuppies, will be donated to Swim Across America to help fund Cancer Research.
At the Mudpuppies Olympic Clinic swimmers will not only be learning new swimming and water polo skills, but will also be donating their time and effort to help raise money for cancer research. Spectators are encouraged to attend and the event will be free and open to the public. Approximately 300 athletes will participate in events surrounding the Olympic Clinics, which will include a 1.5 hour of Olympic swimming clinic, a 1.5 hour of Olympic water polo clinic, and a 1 mile indoor open water swim called Brianʼs Mile of Hope Swim. Attendance will include Tim Payne, 2016 Invictus Gold Medalist + retired army staff sergeant who served 11 years, as well as master swimmer Erika Braun, 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier at age 41.
The Triangle Aquatic Center is sponsoring the Mudpuppies Olympic Clinic by donating pool time and lifeguards for the event, while each competing team will have its own Swim Across America (SAA) Donation Page where team members and supporters will make donations.
Brian Goldman died peacefully on May 10th, 2015 after a long battle with colon cancer. He is survived by his wife, Michele, his two adored sons, Jared and Ben, his parents Jill and Alan Goldman, his sisters Betsy Goldman and Melissa Rouse, brother-in-law Scott Rouse, nephews Jake and Austin Rouse, brother and sister-in-laws Mark and Tamar Hauptman and their children, Jacob, Rebecca, Gabrielle, and Noah. He is also survived by his precious Mudpuppy family. Dr. Brian Goldman was a life-long swimmer with a passion for the sport. He held records for years at North Hills Club, and went on to swim for Duke during his undergraduate years. Seven years ago, he combined that love of sport and love of coaching and started the Mudpuppies Swim Team at Meredith Townes Pool. Under his loving leadership, the team achieved unprecedented success, winning division championships for the last five years, with undefeated seasons for the last three years. For him, more important than the wins were the life lessons he shared with his young swimmers.
Swim Across America was formed in 1987 is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide, as well as past and current Olympians, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service. SAA has held additional events in the Raleigh/Cary area, including water polo and swimming, dating back to 2013. Follow the event Facebook Page for updates to this clinic as they are posted here: m.facebook.com/TriangleIndoorWaterFestival
For more information and to register please visit www.swimacrossamerica.org/mudpuppies