Anchor Splash, Delta Gamma’s (DG) annual philanthropy event, raised at least $2,026 for their charity, Service for Sight, this past Saturday.
Most fraternities and sororities on campus participated in the swim-meet event to raise money by competing in six different swimming competitions.
The events included the 100-yard medley relay and the synchronized swimming competition, among others.
The overall winners were Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and Delta Delta Delta sorority.
To get in to the event, students had the option of either paying $3 or donating two canned goods to Service for Sight, an organization whose stated purpose is to stop blindness before it starts.
Anchor Splash is hosted by more than 100 DG chapters across the country, according to the sorority’s website.
The event had a week of smaller competitions leading up to Saturday’s swim meet, including a banner-making competition and a singing competition, said junior Maddy Mavec, Delta Gamma president.
Delta Gamma raised $226 in the Money Run, in which different fraternities and sororities go around to collect donations from spectators.
Phi Delta Theta fraternity (Phi Delt) came in first place for their synchronized dance and swimming routine.
Their dance routine was based on the recent viral “Harlem Shake” videos and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” substituting the lyric “Alabama” with “Delta Gamma.”
Freshman Quang Viet Nguyen performed in Phi Delt’s synchronized dance routine.
“The idea for the routine was Marshall’s (Morris), though he didn’t participate in the actual routine,” Nguyen said. “I think he was very smart to take advantage of the Harlem Shake trend.”
Phi Delt came in second place in the overall competition. Nguyen said even though Phi Delt didn’t win, the competition “took (their) friendship to the next level.”
Sophomore Brandy Booth, a spectator at the event, said their routine was “unique and different, which ended up serving them well.”
Booth said most routines involved the DG salute; others shaped themselves into an anchor, the sorority’s official symbol.
According to Mavec, other events included the Whale Race, in which swimmers pull a DG member as she rides on an inflatable whale across the pool, and the Corkscrew Relay.