Abaco Swim Club hosted their 9th Annual Open Swim on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in Marsh Harbour. A triangle course was set up from the Crossing over to Hall’s Point and back.
Even in their hot pink swim caps it was hard to see more than a splash from the racers on the other side of the course. Although the day was a bit breezy everyone enjoyed themselves from those swimming in the races to those kayaking alongside or cheering support from the shore.
Sanctioned by the Bahamas Swim Federation, CARIFTA and CISC Qualifier races included individual 5k and 10k, a 5k relay and a ½ mile kids fun swim. There were 38 participants aged 9-54, half of which completed the individual 5k. There was a large club attendance this year with participants from Abaco Swim Club, Swift Swimming, Swift Freeport, Barracuda Swim Club, Alpha Aquatics & Sea Bees Swim Club.
This was the first year that there was also a 10k race and Matthew Lowe from Barracuda Swim Club in Nassau was the first participant. He completed the course in 2:00:30, an impressive time that will help him with his next goal of swimming a 10k Olympic Qualifier in Portugal.
Kristofer Smith from Swift Freeport had the fastest time of the day on the 5k course coming in at 1:09:40. First place in the 5k females 12 and under was Taryn Carrol and first in males 12 and under was Trent Albury. In the 5k 13-19 category first place female was Jasmine Gibson and male was Kristofer Smith.
In the 20+ category first place male was Chris Pinder and female was Jennifer Cooke. For the 5k relays Patty Barigelli, Savannah Pritchard and Ryan Knowles came in first for the female team, Roman Pinder, Maddox Pinder and Brayden Dam came in first for the male team and Trent Albury, Taylor Albury and Marissa Albury came in first place for the mixed team.
The Jack Albury floating trophy for youngest and oldest participants of the 5k race was awarded to Roman Pinder (who is now 11 and has been swimming the 5k since he was 9) and Lawrence Higgs respectively. In the ½ mile race for the kids Liam Robert was the first place male and Sierra Pritchard was the first place female.
Food, drinks and Abaco Swim Club memorabilia were available for sale throughout the day. Thanks to all the community support a donation from the proceeds of the event was given to the Abaco Cancer Society.