Krystal Fogler of New Rochelle, N.Y., set 10 school records —
five individual and five on relay teams — as a student at the
University of Maine. Last year, she completed a degree in
kinesiology and physical education, and was named Maine Athlete of
the Year. Fogler is the great-granddaughter of the late Raymond
Fogler, the UMaine benefactor for whom the university library is
Garth Chandler knows the difference a good sports program can mean to
college students and the community.
When his two daughters were growing up, they participated in youth
competitive swim programs and swam throughout high school on a total of
seven Maine State Championship teams. When it was time to go to college,
they both chose the University of Maine, in part, because of its
Swimming and Diving Program. Both were members of the UMaine team as
undergraduates and then went on to attain graduate degrees at the
Chandler, who also is a swimming and diving official, says the
University of Maine provides the unique opportunity for Maine youth who
swim competitively to remain in state and compete at the Division I
In 1991, 20 years after its inception, budget cuts threatened the
program. That's when Chandler and other parents of swimmers, as well as
state swimming officials, alumni and friends, got together to find a way
to ensure the program's future. They formed the Maine Swimming and
Diving Group to raise money for an endowed fund in the University of
The foundation was instrumental in the fund-raising efforts. To draw
attention to the intercollegiate program, head coach Jeff Wren swam 65
miles of Maine's Penobscot River in four days.
One of the first contributions came from UMaine alumni and authors
Stephen and Tabitha King.
The following year, the nonprofit Maine Swimming and Diving Corp., was
established to oversee the allocation of endowment funds for the
program's operating expenses.
"With a long-term funding goal of $1.2 million, we needed an endowment
fund," says Chandler, who serves as clerk of the corporation. "The
program and university facilities serve well the youth of the state of
Maine. Interest in swimming, for sport or recreation, whether
participant or spectator, can last a lifetime. It is important to keep
the program alive."
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