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Some of the young swimmers along with their trophies from the event.

Open Water Swim Draws National Competition

The weather was perfect for the Abaco Swim Club’s 7th Annual Open Water Swim on Saturday, Feb 25, which was hosted at The Crossing in Marsh Harbour.

The event saw 25 competitors take on a five kilometer course with 16 swimmers completing the race solo and nine others participating in relay teams.

As the event is the last Open Water qualifier for CARIFTA the competition was fierce.  Swimmers traveled from Nassau and Freeport to participate.

Swimmers represented the Dolphins Swim Club, Alpha Swim Club, Swift Swimming, Freeport Aquatics Club and Grand Bahama Tritons along with Abaco Swim Club.

Abaco Swim Club Coach, Brenda Sawyer said “We were thrilled to be supported by all the clubs. It made for a fantastic Open Water swim.”

The Jack Albury Floating Trophy now has two new names to add; the youngest competitor was 12 year old Salene Gibson from Nassau and the oldest competitor was 18 year old Jasmine Gibson from Freeport.

Tristan Russell from Swift Swimming had the fastest course time of 1:15.53 in what was a very tight race – It was a photo finish for first, second and third place.

The co-beneficiary of this year’s event was the North Abaco Potcake Rescue who received a portion of the funds raised to assist with purchasing food and needed supplies.

Ms. Sawyer said “We look forward to our next Open Water Swim October 7, 2017, hope to see you all there.”

About Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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