NEWARK, Del. (Feb. 17, 2011) - The Delaware women's rowing squad raised nearly $800 for the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Children's Hospital during its annual Erg-a-thon on Monday, Jan. 17 in Delaware Field House.

Blue Hen head coach Laura Slice and members of her squad sought donors to sponsor their individual efforts to row 10,000 meters (6 miles) on the ergometer, or rowing machine. Sponsorships were available starting at $2 per 1,000 meters with a goal of raising at least $20 for the 10,000 meters. The final tally raised by the Blue Hen women rowers was $750.50.

The A.I duPont Hospital for Children is part of the Nemours system of pediatric health care. The hospital works with a three-pronged mission to establish excellence in patient care, education and research with children from birth through age 17 with acute, chronic and complex health problems.

"At the beginning of the year, I asked the team to think of several community service events," said Slice. "This was one of the opportunities the team came up with in their efforts to recognize needs in the community. Our team captains, Darra Finnerty and Steph Lynch, really did a great job working out the details for the erg-a-thon, communicating to the team the goals of the fundraiser, and making all the participants have a lot of fun while rowing 10,000 meters. I really want to thank all the women who participated and our generous supporters of the ergathon.

The team is currently training for the start of the spring season, which begins March 12 at Saint Joseph's University.