I just wanted to take a minute to pay respect to a local swimmer who passed away this morning. Fran Crippen came from a family of swimmers in this area - his sister went to Villanova (where Bill and I also went) and they were in our summer swim league.
Locally, if you are or were a swimmer, you knew of this family - 3 girls and 1 boy that were especially talented in swimming.
This morning I was running with my sister and her old swim coach rode by on a bike. The first thing that he shared with us was that this young man had passed away this morning in an open water swim competition in Dubai. He was 26 years old. We couldn't believe it. I can't understand how no one saw him go down. I feel so sad. I never met him, I only knew of him. I just wanted to pay my respects, share with you the article from Philly.com and revel on how short life can be. I don't understand it.