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Citadel News Service
18 Aug 2009

CGC student swims 15 miles for cancer

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Nancy Haynsworth, a 52-year-old Citadel Graduate College student pursuing a master’s degree in health, exercise and sports science (HESS), swam across Long Island Sound Aug. 1 to raise money for cancer patients. 

The Annual SWIM Across the Sound is a 15.5 mile course from Port Jefferson, N.Y., to Bridgeport, Conn. Wetsuits were not allowed in the 68 degree water.  

Haynsworth, who was one of 15 solo swimmers in the competition, said The Citadel played a vital role in her marathon swim. 

“The Citadel academic environment was a critical component in my training and success in the swim,” said Haynsworth.  “My knowledge of biomechanics, exercise physiology and sports nutrition—all of which I applied throughout the training and competition—came from my coursework and professors in the HESS program.”

Haynsworth, the aquatics and fitness director at the Charleston Naval Weapons Station, completed the competition in nine and a half hours.  She is no stranger to open-water swimming.  In June 2008, she completed the 12.5 mile Swim Across Key West in Fla.

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