An enthusiastic crowd of parents, family and friends cheered for swimmers young and old as the Eighth Annual Open Water Swim got underway at the public dock at the Crossing in Marsh Harbour on October 11.
The first race began shortly after 10am under mostly clear skies and calm waters, great conditions for the swimmers. John Bradley and Mancer Roberts of the Bahamas Swimming Federation were on hand to observe and officiate the event.
Brenda Sawyer, president of the Abaco Swim Club, said there were 45 people from age four to sixty. “It was a great race with great weather and everyone finished successfully; nobody pulled out.”
Ms. Sawyer said the Open Water Swim is a CARIFTA qualifying event. “We would like all the clubs to come for this event, because open water swimming has become a big event at CARIFTA and we think it would be great if all the clubs participate in our event,” she said.
She added that “Our swimming conditions are probably better than anywhere else in The Bahamas.”
A good number of swimmers came from Nassau to participate in the event, coming from Swift Swimming, Barracuda Swimming and Sea Bees Swim Clubs.
The race categories were made up of a 5K course, a 5K relay course and a half-mile race.
The Abaco Swim Club shared their gratitude and thanks to all of the participants, spectators, parents and families that supported our event and look forward to seeing even more participants next year.
Results, as per Abaco Swim Club:
“Our overall winner of the 5K was Alec Sands from SwiftSwimming with a time of 1:08:22, second was Keith Lloyd from the Sea Bees with 1:11:22 with Kohen Kerr of Barracuda Swimming rounding out the top three with a time of 1:16:03. Our Masters group, 20 & over was a competitive group with participants from Marsh Harbour and Freeport battling it out. 1st in the females group was Jennifer Cooke and 1st in the males was Craig Stewart.
“Our fastest female to complete the 5K course was 13 year old Kate Sims of Abaco Swim Club. The youngest swimmer who completed the 5K was 10 year old Roman Pinder of Abaco Swim Club. Taylor Albury also of the Abaco Swim Club made her open water 5k debut in the female 12 & under catagory, swimming a time of 1:31:11.
“Our second race was our learn to swim 9 & under who completed a 1/2 mile course with Addison Albury age 6, first, Erica Roberts, 9, second & Meredith Knowles, 7, third, Serena Newton, 9, fourth & Victoria Albury, 7, fifth for the girls and Liam Roberts, 7, first & our youngest participant Silas Albury, 5 second for the boys. 10 & over girls Aaliyah Roberts 1st & Kaylee Roberts 2nd.”