Dear Friends and Family,
Hannah's story continues!
Hannah will be swimming at the Olympic Trials in Omahah, June 26 - July 3, 2016. She has earned 5 events. Her training efforts are focused on the 200M Free in hopes of earning a spot on the 800M Olympic Relay Team!
In preperation for the Olympic Trials Hannah will be swimming at 3 Arena Pro Series Meets:
Orlando FL : March 3 - 5
Mesa AZ : April 14 - 16
Charlotte NC : May 12 - 15
We'd love your help, we need your help! Airline Tickets, hotels, meals and super suits all add up! We could call this the home stretch, but it's quite a stretch... We are expecting these next 3 meets plus Olypic Trials to cost $12K.
The good news is, if she makes the Olylmpic Team she will be taken care of for next steps. If she doesn't make the team she'll probably be on the Jr Naitonal Team and swim at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii August 24 - 27! And then Hannah is headed to University of Arizona in the fall, super psyched to "bear down" and swim for the Wildcats!
(Interesting side note: Hannah was a Wildcat at Hartland Elementary School, and a Wildcat at KUA. It only seems fitting to be a Wildcat at Arizona!)
Feel free to think outside the box! Help could be in the form of sharing your points for hotels, airlines, or panera cards!
You are a vital part of "Team Hannah" We so appreciate you help in what ever way seems fitting to you.
Please help Hannah continue to swim at the National Level! Next June Hannah will swim at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omahah! She is just wrapping up her summer meet schedule with the amazing opportunity to swim for the Jr National Team in Singapore! After a brief respit she'll ramp up her training again. There will be a National Meet in December, several New England meets, a Sectional Meet in NY State and then on to the Trials. The cost for these meets is at least $10,000/year. Please join our pool of friends dedicated to helping Hannah stay in the fast lane! Every drop counts!
Hannah's Story: Hannah learned to bob around the Woodstock Rec Pool when she was 2 and has taken to the water ever since! When she became a Vermont State Champion at 8 we thought "Oh isn't she cute!" Notwithstanding she continued to show promise! Finally we told her when the new aquatic center was built in our area she could swim year round. (We really thought that meant swimming winters in addition to 6 weeks each summer...) She started swimming at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center when she was 11, even so she didn't swim ALL year round until the summer of her freshman year in high school. Hannah is now a top New England Swimmer. She has two Junior National competitions under her belt, and swam last year at the National Select Camp hosted by USA Swimming at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs. Hannah and her Coach Dorsi Raynolds were interviewed by SwimmingWorld Morning Swim Show. My favorites though are the tweets! "Hannah Cox of UVAC does it again with a fierce win in the 400 IM" "Hannah Cox from VT is out in 1:53.45 in the 500 Free. Can she four-peat?" "She does it! 16yr Hannah Cox of VT 4-peats at #ezsections" "The 16yr old wunderkind from VT wins her 6th event at #ezsections" (#ezsections = Eastern Zone Sectionals)
Better yet is what teammate Ellie Thompson has to say: "Hannah's greatest gift in swimming is her incredible discipline and ability to compete. Her amazing work ethic, modesty, and passion for swimming is truly amazing and she has earned all the success she's had. She is an absolute joy both to swim with, and to watch swim. I truly believe that she has only begun to experience the incredible opportunities that her ability in swimming will bring her!" (Ellie now swims for Emory University, 2014 Division 3 Champions)
Hannah Cox and Ellie Thompson at the NE Senior Meet, July 2014 Brown University... Hannah set the New England record in the 200 Free for the second time - a record formerly held by Olympian Elisabeth Beisel!
Thank you so much for your interest in Hannah's future. This will "take a village" as they say... please join our family in helping our girl pursue her passion and her dreams!
Follow updates on my (Karen Cox's) Face Book page! National meets include live and archived video links! She's very exciting to watch!
With Gratitude ~ Karen Cox
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