Mighty Mermaids Pretty In Pink, Ready To Race

Mighty Mermaids Pretty In Pink, Ready To Race

Courtesy of Don Watson from Lake Travis in Austin, Texas.

It was a strange weekend in Austin, Texas. On Thursday and Friday, the day before the 12-mile Lake Travis Relay, the air temperature was about 98ºF (36ºC).

On race day Saturday, the day started with a heavy rain with thunder and lightening as the air temperature dropped to 54ºF (12ºC) degrees. The first race was scheduled to begin at 8:30 am, but was delayed until 11:40 am and the race distances was cut back from 12 to 9 miles. Fortunately, the water was a very warm 82ºF (27ºC) despite the water levels in Lake Travis being down 40 feet. There was still plenty of water depth in order to conduct the races.

The winning team was a group of high school USA Swimming girls with two all-male relays taking second and third, followed by Christie Ciraulo and the Mighty Mermaids team in fourth
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Don Watson, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame coach remarked on the group of remarkably fit and young-looking masters swimmers north of 50 years. “This was my first opportunity to have the opportunity to meet these extraordinary group of women. I was impressed by their swimming accomplishments, but also with their outgoing friendly personalities and the success they have achieved in their working careers.

Swimmers are a special breed of individuals with positive attitudes and remarkable goals
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Upper photo shows the Mighty Mermaids, 60-year-old Nancy Steadman Martin, 60-year-old Christie Plank Ciraulo, 56-year-old Jenny Cook, 57-year-old Tracy Grilli, 58-year-old Karen Einsidler, and 58-year-old Veronica Hibben in their racing suits. Lower photos show the women in pink on terra firma with Don Watson and their escort crew of kayaker David Grilli, skipper Spencer Dennis, and Bonnie Mills.

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