The New Milford Barracudas Swim Team hosted their third annual swimathon at the William W. Higgins Aquatic Center at Canterbury School in town.

Current and past Barrachudas participated in the Feb. 4 event, which was supported by many local businesses.

Participants collected monetary donations to swim a certain distance with their teammates.

Eighty-five swimmers were challenged to swim 200 laps each.

Many of the swimmers completed the 200 laps and collected donations per lap to help the team reach its collective goal of $20,000.

Total funds raised from the event, which were unavailable at press time, will enable youths to have affordable access to the New Milford Parks & Recreation swim team.

The Barracudas Swim Team is a community-based swim program, run by the New Milford Parks & Recreation Department and the New Milford Sports Club, for children ages 6 to 16.

The 115 swimmers from New Milford and neighboring towns represent New Milford in the Yankee Swim League, which is comprised of teams across Connecticut.

The team is also USA Swimming sanctioned, which allows it to compete against other USA swimmers in sanctioned USA Swim meets.

The Barracudas is one of the few swim teams without a hometown or community pool.

The swim team’s parent association covers costs that are not met by the swimmer registration fees paid to New Milford Parks & Recreation Department, thus fundraising plays an integral role for the team.

This year’s swimathon featured a special guest, Mayor David Gronbach, who showed his support and swam with the Barracudas as they reached their swim goals.

Event sponsors include O’Keiff Orthodontics, Right Choice Painting, Harry T. Tucker & Sons, Inc.in Brookfield, Canterbury School, New Milford Sports Club, Community Credit Union of New Milford, Black Angus Grill in Danbury, Success Prep, LLC in Kent, Claytons Mercantile Supply, Inc., Kuss & Liguori Attorneys at Law, Mirror on a Rope, Dolr Bills Bowling, The Iron Rail, Three Brothers Family Restaurant, The Villager Restaurant in Kent, New Milford Septic Services, Dental Associates of Connecticut, House of Warmth, Valley Golf Center, Bank Street Book Nook, Trader Joe’s in Danbury and Fat City Silk Screening & Embroidery.

Raffle prizes were donated by Adam Broderick in Ridgefield, Kuss & Liguori, Villarina’s Pasta Shop, The Children’s Movement Center and Candlewood Valley Motors.

Massage Therapist Inga Natoli, of New Milford Body Therapy offered after-swim massages to swimmers and volunteers, with proceeds donated back to the team.

Sharon Elias of Charm of Hearts sold custom swim-inspired Barracuda bracelets and donated portions of every sale to the team.

Swimmers who raised a minimum of $300 were allowed to “pie” a coach of their choice in the face.