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Aqua Sphere’s Charity Swim Challenge Finishes with the Men on Top

VISTA, Calif. – December 3, 2010

Although the men came out on top in logged hours, cancer was the only loser in this challenge

In the battle of the sexes, the men have dominated their female competition, proving that men last longer – in the water.

As part of Aqua Sphere’s seven month long Swim Challenge, swimmers from across the world were encouraged to sign up, swim and log their hours at www.swimchallenge.org in an effort to support research and raise awareness for breast and prostate cancer and in the process, determine who rules the pool.

With over 4,000 participants from all over the world logging their hours in the pool, ocean or lake each day, the women started out strong with more swimmers, but the men came out on top with fewer participants swimming for greater lengths of time.

Wrapping it up with the slimmest of margins, 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent, Aqua Sphere’s pledged donation of $35,000 will be split accordingly with $17,711 going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (men) and $16,349 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (women).

"“It was a close split. The women were certainly a force to be reckoned with - especially with swimmers like Amanda Beard, our newest sponsored athlete, and endurance swimmers like Penny Palfrey joining in,” said Olivier Laguette, Director of Marketing for Aqua Sphere. “But the men officially get bragging rights – at least this year.”