Jessica Kieras Wins Day 2 Of S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge

Jessica Kieras Wins Day 2 Of S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge

Courtesy of S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, Canyon Lake, Arizona.

Under the Arizona sun, Jessica Kieras turned the tables on another 38-year-old on Day 2 of the 4-day S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge.

The 38-year-old from Oregon beat John Batchelder by 37 seconds to win the 14.4 km Canyon Lake stage. Batchelder had finished ahead of Kieras by 39 seconds in yesterday’s 15.2 km swim in Saguaro Lake.

The top two swimmers were followed by a trio of veterans: 49-year-old Nora Toledano from Mexico, 44-year-old Jack Zedlitz from Oklahoma and 53-year-old Milko van Gool from the Netherlands.

Kent Nicholas explained the race, “We started the first wave start at 9:40 am. The second wave started at 9:55 and the third wave started at 10:40. The air temperature was 92ºF (33ºC), the water temp was 76ºF (24ºC). There was no wind under a cloudless blue sky. It was a beautiful day with beautiful people.”

Over the next two days, the competitors will compete in Day 3’s 27.3 km stage in Apache Lake and Day 4’s 10 km stage in Roosevelt Lake.

Canyon Lake Stage Results:
1. Jessica Kieras 3:00:09.1
2. John Batchelder 3:00:46.2
3. Nora Toledano 3:04:55.3
4. Jack Zedlitz 3:07:10.9
5. Milko van Gool 3:15:05.3
6. Kurt Adkins 3:15:58.7
7. Bambi Bowman Burgess 3:16:28.2
8. Joe Zemaitis 3:19:54.5
9. Abigail Fairman 3:20:47.1
10. Melody Pinkerton 3:20:50.8
11. Kathleen Pelczynski 3:21:04.3
12. Rebecca Hollingsworth 3:21:25.3
13. Mary Knott 3:24:01.2
14. Dr. Steven Minaglia 3:25:05.1
15. James Cherry 3:37:51.7
16. Peter Hayden 3:38:07.8
17. Dave Loeffler 3:40:33.9
18. Mark Spratt 3:41:58.7
19. Natalia Chuich 3:46:29.7
20. Maureen Conley 3:49:41.6
21. Debbie Collingwood 3:51:48.1
22. Susie Paul 3:53:32.3
23. Andrew K Wells 3:54:58.7
24. Amy Gubser 3:55:30.4
25. Kirk McKinney 3:56:02.6
26. Matthew van de Schootbrugge 3:57:25.5
27. Mary Stella 3:58:09.1
28. Katie Blessington 3:59:15.5
29. Barbara Lastelic 4:00:00.3
30. Jennifer Dutton 4:00:27.1
31. Jeffrey Breen 4:02:15.4
32. Everett Britton 4:03:04.8
33. Greg O’Connor 4:05:46.4
34. Karl Pettijohn 4:18:44.6
35. Cassandra Oliver 4:26:33.8
36. Margot McKirdy 4:48:55.2
37. Michelle Squyer 5:36:13.8
38. Cathy Harrington 5:46:06.5
39. Thomas Schwartz 5:51:20.8 – wetsuit 3+ hours
DNF Lauren Langford
DNF Mo Siegel

Batchelder will swim in northern Japan later this year across the Tsugaru Channel where he is raising money for Rachel’s Challenge, a great cause [read here].

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