MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Club Mountaineer Aquatics is expected to host over 300 swimmers Saturday and Sunday at the Mylan Park Aquatics Center, but this meet will have extra meaning.
The Trina Moore Invitational will begin at 9 a.m. both days in hopes to raise money for cancer research. Moore, a teacher at North Elementary, died in June 2018 after a battle with breast cancer.
“She was one of our swim moms and she has two kids who are part of our program,” coach Renee Riggs said. “She just loved being around swimming and we decided to do this because she was a big part of our team — from going to practices and races and just being around.”
Club Mountaineer wanted to start an invitational in her honor, and this is the first of what Riggs hopes is an annual meet that could move in the future to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October. Club Mountaineer swimmers will wear pink gear, while visiting teams were asked to do the same.
Participants who have family members affected by cancer can also write their names on posters that will be displayed around the aquatic center facility.
Moore worked with the WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, so in keeping with her wishes, donations will be accepted to go toward the center. Moore’s husband, Boomer, also made West Virginia swimming mugs that will be for sale and contributions will be donated.
Club Mountaineer Aquatics is a youth swim team in Morgantown, associated with USA Swimming. It offers competitive and non-competitive opportunities for ages 4 and up.