Father Simisky, Prep swimmers battle waves to benefit SWIM Across the Sound
From left: Prep President Father Tom Simisky, S.J., Robert Maiorano '06, Matthew Russell '01, Rick Hutchinson '87 and Peggy Hutchinson.
Fairfield Prep was well represented at the 30th Annual SWIM Across the Sound on Aug. 5.
A group of swimmers representing Fairfield College Preparatory School – including Prep President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J. – swam the entire width of Long Island Sound in an effort to raise money for the event’s sponsor, the St. Vincent’s Medical Foundation.
Swimmers gathered at Port Jefferson, N.Y., on Long Island and swam in 15-30 minute shifts all the way to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport. Starting just before 10 a.m., the Prep swimmers battled rough currents and waves for hours, arriving at the finish line around 8 p.m.
Prep alumni from the Prep team, and other teams crossing the sound, gather on the ferry to Port Jefferson, N.Y. Back row from the left: Rick Hutchinson '87, Bryce Keblish '15, Richard Nolan '20, Chris Fusco '16, Billy Duffy '18, Father Simisky. Front row from the left: Rob Maiorano '06, Matt Russell '01, Stan Yarmoussik '18.
“Over the course of the year it became a spiritual quest for me (to do the Swim Across the Sound),” Simisky said.
“The real closure was the interfaith memorial service at Captain’s Cove on Sunday,” Simisky said. Around 200 people gathered to remember those who had gone through treatment or succumbed to cancer.
Simisky said he plans on doing the SWIM again next year.
Apart from Father Simisky, the Prep team included Robert Maiorano '06, Matthew Russell '01, Kevin Curley, Rick Hutchinson '87, Peggy Hutchinson and Glenn Baker.
View some of our videos from the event on our Instagram page.