University of Delaware Swimming Team Runs for a Cause; Completes 2nd Annual Kelly J. Fritchman Memorial 5k
July 21, 2011
Top Photo: (L to R) Calli Marando '15, Leslie Payonk '13, Sara Stephens, Hannah Facchine '12, Audrey Caldwell '12
Bottom Photo: Lisa Dillinger '00, Kelly Torbert '00
LEWES, Del. - - Over 190 participants, including University of Delaware men’s and women’s swimming head coach John Hayman and several Blue Hen team members, helped support the Kelly J. Fritchman Swimming Scholarship in the second annual Kelly J. Fritchman Memorial 5k Run on Saturday, July 16.
Fritchman, the former Kelly Leven, was a four-year letterwinner at Delaware in the 1990’s who passed away two years ago at the age of 32 from complications due to cystic fibrosis.
The scholarship was established by her parents and is given annually to a UD swimmer who displays the characteristics of courage, spirit, determination, strength, competitiveness, and inspiration.
The overall male and female winner plus the top three finishers in 10-year age groups from ages 9 through 70 received prizes as well as the top male and female walkers.
The event drew 197 runners and walkers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, as York, Pennsylvania native Greg Cauller was the overall winner finishing the 5k with a time of 17:33.0. The top female finisher was Lynn Knothe from Wilmington, Delaware who was clocked at 19:24.8, good enough for second overall.
Senior Audrey Caldwell was the top current Blue Hen with a time of 25:02.5, directly followed by classmate Hannah Facchine in 62nd with a time of 25:03.1. Other top Blue Hen finishers included freshman Calli Marando at 25:35.06 and junior Leslie Payonk at 28.25.7.
Those who wish to contribute to the scholarship fund can do so online at www.udaf.udel.edu, send checks payable to Kelly J. Fritchman Memorial Scholarship Fund, University of Delaware, Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, DE 19716, or call 302-831-6276.
Leven was a four-year letterwinner for the Blue Hens in 1994-98, specializing in the freestyle and butterfly events and leading the Blue Hens to the North Atlantic Conference team title in 1995 and the America East conference team title in 1996. She was a member of the 400 freestyle relay team that placed second at the NAC championships in 1996 and placed in the top 10 in two relay events at the 1997 ECAC regional championships.
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