September 10, 2007
Local swimmer preparing to "escape" from Alcatraz
Windsor Middle School student Allie Davis raising money in fight against cancer
Windsor Middle School eighth grader Allie Davis is preparing for the ultimate swimming challenge on Sept. 15, when she tackles the annual Alcatraz Swim.
Davis, a talented and athletic 12-year-old, has been an age-group standout with the Santa Rosa Neptune's swim team since the age of six. She'll take on the Alcatraz swim in honor of a family friend recovering from cancer, with a goal of raising at least $2,000. She and her family will also swim in honor of her late grandmother who passed away from cancer nine years ago.
At press time, Davis was roughly halfway toward her goal, having collected pledges totaling more than $1,000 toward the fight against cancer.
Alcatraz has become somewhat of a yearly event for the Davis family, with Allie's 14-year-old sister Jordan successfully negotiating the 1.25-mile swim last year. Also expected to compete this year is mother and WHS swim coach Catherine Davis, along with father Brian.
This year's race is expected to draw about 700 hearty souls, who will brave the chilly, 54-degree water temperatures, along with a steady current until the finish at Aquatic Park in San Francisco.
In preparation for the Alcatraz swim, Allie Davis has been working out a minimum of five days per week with the Neptunes. The 1.25-mile Alcatraz swim is roughly half the distance of her typical two-hour workout. She also swims in Lake Sonoma and various other open bodies of water. To combat the cold of San Francisco Bay, Davis be wearing a full-bodied wet suit.
In addition, the Windsor 12-year-old will compete in the swim portion of the Ukiah Triathlon on a relay team with her dad and sister on Sep. 9.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Allie Davis in her Alcatraz swim can do so online by logging onto the Women's Cancer Resource Center's Web site at www.wcrc.org/swim/pledge. To make a tax-deductible donation, simply log-in and type in the name 'Allie'