Sunday, May 26, 2013

Opening Day at Hammonasset 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013... cool day to start the open water season, but thanks to the company of Marty McMahon (1st CT person to swim the English Channel, back in 1985)... we got it done.
Took today off, last night worried about some ear aches, don't need any sickness before the season opener in June.

Next week is supposed to be absolutely fabulous.
Dream Prepare, Succeed

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Lady Di, Lady Challenge

Today was going to be just another practice, but it ended with many good vibes.

Today is dedicated our Lady Di (MansfieldCC) because she never gave up when Greg and I were doing 10's on the 1:35, Amanda and John would modify 100/50 and Dia...nna would do her 1st 10 x 75 on the 1:35, she was soooo red in the face but never gave. She couldn't understand me when I wanted her to take 2 at a 50, so she kept going. Super Girl!!!!!!! Greg Rossilimo helped me stay focused and always happy to Amanda touch my toes (on 50's) and John just keeps plugging along at 82, soon to be 83.

Here's the work out (wearing drag this week)

550 w/u
Swim 2 x 500
Paddles: 10 x 50
S: 800
Pad: 10 x 100 (1:35)Greg joined at #6... thank you
S: 2 x 300 (4:30)
Pad: 10 x 100 (1:35) Lady Di's super swim
S: 400
Pad: 10 x 50 (2-:45, 3-:50)
S: 2 x 100
C/d 550
=7,100 yards

Dream, Prepare, Succeed always FUN to have Company.. Thank you

3 year old April 30

Who says 3 is an easy #...
Happy Birthday young Marcella
Dream, Prepare, Succeed
w/u 300
Pull 3 x 300 (:05 rest)
Swim 3 x 100

Paddles 3 x 300
Swim 3 x100

Back 4 x 50 (:55)
Big Paddles 3 x 300
Swim 3 x 100
Back 4 x 50

Swim 3 x 100
Paddles 3 x 300

Swim 3 x 100
Tube 3 x 300

c/d 300

= 7,000

Wish you a life of adventure and happiness.
We love sweetie.
Aunt Marcella

2015 ... Swimming for Homes for the Brave

After spending the past 20 years paddling from Dover to France, it is time to venture into new waters, while helping some special people.
Soon, I will be traveling with my A-team to Scotland to swim the length of the famous Loch Ness.
As always, I try to help a Foundation raise funds and awareness and I thank you for interest and support.
I am deeply troubled with the thought of homeless individuals, especially in our US Veteran population.

That is why I am teaming up with our Connecticut-based “Homes for the Brave”. Can you imagine not having a place to call home?

Here is more information about Homes for the Brave! -Facebook pages –

- Annual Appeal with more information about our financials and programs-

-Check donations can be mailed to the following address:
Homes for the Brave
655 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

- Donations can be made online as well:

Please write “Loch Ness Swim/Marcy” to track your donation.

I will always be dedicating my swimming to all those battling cancer and in the memory of 4 special people in my life. Cancer first hit my family when I was young. My grand-aunt Eleanor Kersavage, passed away with uterine cancer and my Auntie Bea Halchak battled with brain cancer.

On January 1, 2002, our LEHY family lost Nikki Giampolo to bone cancer, just turning 16 years old. Her spirit still lives on in our East Hartford swim team.

In July of 2009, my brother-in-law, Gregory Allen Urban, who passed away, after a valient battle with lung cancer. I can see him now, talking about cars and projects around the house, music and his family.

I know Aunties, Eleanor and Bea, Nikki, Greg and all the angels will help me CUT through all this water this summer.

The St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, based in Bridgeport, CT provides financial support for the needs that Health insurance companies don't cover, in addition to providing affordable cancer screening, wigs, medication and other things to make life easier for those suffering with cancer and their families.

Please make a donation, and thank you.

Online donations can be made at:

or you can send a check through the post to:

Swim Across the Sound
St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Thank you so very much, peace and good health to all.