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The Swarthmore Swim Club SeaSharks won the Girls Eight and Under Age Group Championship at the Suburban Swim League “A” Championship meet, held Saturday, July 29, at the Wallingford Swim and Racquet Club. Coached by Andrew Austria (left), the members of the championship Eight and Under group are (bottom, left to right) Maisie Strachan and Julia Smirnov and (top, left to right) Lyla Kelly, Anna Karpyn of Wallingford and Julia Parker. The 100-yard Medley Relay team of Strachan, Kelly, Karpyn and Parker finished fourth, and the 100-yard Free Relay team of Kelly, Smirnov, Parker and Karpyn took the championship in that event. Individually, Kelly finished third in the 100-meter freestyle, seventh in the 100-yard Individual Medley, and sixth in the 25 yard butterfly; Parker finished fifth in the 100 meter freestyle, eleventh in the 25 yard freestyle and third in the 25 yard backstroke; while Karpyn first finished first in the 100 meter freestyle and 25 yard freestyle, and second in the 25 yard backstroke.

As of Sunday afternoon, July 30, the winners of the Swarthmore Swim Club 2017 1,000-lap shirt are: 55.) Jenifer Lenway, 56.) Rick Sonntag, 57.) Lindy Giammattei, 58.) Jonathan Hodgson, 59.) Mark Taylor, 60.) Todd Parker and 61.) Natalia Shipitsynt.

Park Avenue resident Gladys Snively wrote on Tuesday, “This morning while walking the dog I came upon what appeared to be a PECO truck towing a huge boat, parked right next to Central Park. Since there is no large body of water in Swarthmore, all I could think of was a punchline: “They told me to go to Central Park.” Jim Snively took the pic.

Strath Haven alumnus Aaron Mathis is among five local artists participating in a group show “Surreal Summer,” which opens this weekend at the new Nebula Gallery in Chester. Mathis, who lives in Media, is a graphic designer and independent filmmaker as well as a visual artist. The exhibition opening is this Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nebula, 602 Avenue of the States in Chester.

Working with Community Arts Center teaching artists Bob Deane and Drew Arata, Summer Spree campers Ian Jacobs and Owen Zeserson explore the process of screening clay. Inspired by historic local clay harvesting traditions, CAC artisans and teachers have been making clay since 1994, and young campers participate every summer. Spaces are still available in the last two sessions of CAC’s Summer Spree Art Camp during the weeks of August 7 and 14. Information is at

Milena Williamson, who graduated in May from Oberlin College with a double major in English and Creative Writing, has just been awarded the Seamus Heaney Poetry Prize Fellowship to study and write poetry in the MA program at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where Heaney was an undergraduate. The award is given to one student in the UK and one outside the UK each year. Milena is the daughter of Raima Evan and Craig Williamson of Swarthmore.

Matt Eiel and Matthew Radulski, both of Swarthmore, have been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester at Ithaca College.

Deanna Nanni of Wallingford graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Communications with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. The degree was awarded in May 2017.

Godffrey Lucas of Media graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College’s School of Communications with a degree in Television-Radio. The degree was awarded in May 2017.

During a science fair last Thursday at Eldridge Commons at Swarthmore College’s Science Centerm members of the Chester Children’s Chorus showed and told about some of their research during part of CCC’s Summer Learning Program. Photo courtesy of Kirsten Halker-Kratz.


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