Wyoming Swimming and Diving Raising Funds to Help Paralyzed World Champion Swimmer

Aug. 30, 2005


The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team is holding a 24-hour swimming relay to help raise money to support Dave Denniston, a World Champion swimmer and Wright, Wyo. native, who was recently paralyzed following a sledding accident west of Laramie in the Snowy Range Mountains.

As a part of the Relay Across America, the UW swimming and diving team will be holding a 24-hour swimming relay beginning Friday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. For an entire 24-hour period, UW swimmers, divers, coaches and friends will be swimming nonstop laps in Corbett Pool. Denniston himself will be at the relay, along with his parents.

Denniston, 26, was injured on Feb. 6, 2005 when he and a childhood friend were sledding in the Snowy Range Mountains and he crashed back-first into a tree. Following an intense rescue, he was transported to Poudre Valley Hospital in Ft. Collins where he underwent surgery. He is currently without the use of his legs.

The Relay Across America fund has been set up to help Denniston and his family with costs.

Denniston was a 1999 NCAA Champion at Auburn University and a 2003 World Championship team member in the 200 breaststroke. Both of Denniston's parents attended the University of Wyoming. His grandfather, R.H. Denniston II, was a longtime zoology professor at UW and his grandmother, Katherine, was also involved in the UW Faculty Women's Association, and substituted at Laramie High School.

To support UW's 24-hour relay, contact the UW Swimming and Diving office at (307) 766-6265 or via e-mail at tomj@uwyo.edu.

For more information on Denniston, visit www.davedenniston.com.