Nicolas Paccagnan swam laps at the Golden Swimming Pool for an entire hour during the Dolphin Swimathon on July 3.

Nicolas Paccagnan swam laps at the Golden Swimming Pool for an entire hour during the Dolphin Swimathon on July 3.

Golden Dolphins test endurance at swimathon

Some of the Golden Dolphins’ youngest swimmers were in the water last week testing just how far they can swim in an hour.

Some of the Golden Dolphins’ youngest swimmers were in the water last week testing just how far they can swim in an hour.

The Golden Dolphin’s Swimathon had swimmers, mostly ages six and under, seeing how many laps they could swim.

“It’s both a fundraiser, and a conditioning event. We sent out pledge forms, collecting donations for every lap they swim… So they’re all here to see how many laps they can swim within an hour,” said head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer.

“They’re doing really well right now.”

In the past the club had a similar event, but decided this was a more inclusive way to go.

“This is the first year the Dolphins have done it in a while. They used to just do the ‘mile swim.’ They try to swim 64 laps in an hour. But I think that got some young kids discourage because they weren’t making the 64 laps, so we changed it to see how many laps they can swim,” said Pfeiffer.

Later in the summer the junior and senior Dolphins will be participating in a mile swim of their own.