Swim Around Key West.  Another Warm One In The Books

Swim Around Key West. Another Warm One In The Books

The historic roots of Swim Around Key West began on Fourth of July in 1977 when Anna Fugina took roughly 12 hours to complete the first circumnavigation swim around Key West in Florida, the southernmost point of the continental USA. Fugina had suffered injuries from a car accident and used swimming as therapy to assist in her recovery. In 1978, she swam much faster, learning from her first swim and finished in eight hours.

Since then, 45 official editions of the 20.1 km circumnavigation swim have been held. While Fugina completed the 37th annual event in a relay in 7 hours 32 minutes, 71-year-old race director Bill Welzien has completed 123 total circumnavigations to date, including the 45th annual Swim Around Key West that was held on June 26th this year.

With its southern location in June, the water temperatures reached nearly 30°C. Welzien cautioned the swimmers, “Since we do not allow any special skins to protect the skin of the swimmers, we recommend zinc oxide to cover the body of the swimmer. Conventional sun screens are not very helpful as they wash off in a couple of hours. Zinc oxide ointment can be purchased from most supermarkets and pharmacies. You will need to look in the Baby Care section of the store. The most enduring zinc oxide ointment is Desitin Maximum Strength (40% zinc oxide, see his review here).  You can find Desitin Max in one-pound jars, which is the most economical purchase. Zinc oxide is a pain to remove from your skin. Try vegetable oil and know that the zinc will stain your swimsuit.”

Craig Frederiksen and Noa Heron went 1-2 this year, both well ahead of the men’s and women’s overall solo category:

45th Annual Swim Around Key West Results:

1. Craig Frederiksen of West Bend, Wisconsin (35) 4 hours 9 minutes 8 seconds
2. Noa Heron of Largo, Florida (20) 4 hours 18 minutes 59 seconds – 1st female
3. Morgan Misenar of Johnson City, Tennessee (20) 4 hours 31 minutes 14 seconds – 2nd female
4. Eric Sullivan of Bay Harbor Islands (55) 4 hours 31 minutes 48 seconds
5. Tim Hancock of Clearwater, Florida (38) 4 hours 34 minutes 52 seconds
6. Natalie Rochette of Naples, Florida (27) 4 hours 44 minutes 58 seconds – 3rd female
7. Holli Pisarski of Jupiter, Florida (30) 4 hours 55 minutes 11 seconds – 4th female
8. Tyler Magarity of Plantation, Florida (42) 4 hours 57 minutes 50 seconds
9. David Speier of Bishopville, Maryland (65) 5 hours 1 minutes 58 seconds
10. Nadezhda Svetlakova of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida (36) 5 hours 4 minutes 0 seconds – 5th female
11. Simon Bound of Old Greenwich, Connecticut (58) 5 hours 4 minutes 14 seconds
12. Andrew Wallace of Ocean Grove, New Jersey (55) 5 hours 6 minutes 54 seconds
13. Emily Sheahan of Houston, Texas (34) 5 hours 8 minutes 42 seconds- 6th female
14. Kelley Zavatsky of Plantation, Florida (35) 5 hours 16 minutes 3 seconds- 7th female
15. Rebecca Parshall of Atlanta, Georgia (33) 5: hours 25 minutes 31 seconds- 8th female
16. Katie Walker of Naples, Florida (28) 5 hours 29 minutes 42 seconds- 9th female
17. Rick Mann of Jax Beach, Florida (61) 5 hours 34 minutes 57 seconds
18. Jeanne Debonis of Brecksville, Ohio (56) 5 hours 37 minutes 7 seconds
19. Edward Lomicka of Franklin, Tennessee (52) 5 hours 39 minutes 25 seconds
20. Mark Ochsner of Bloomington, Indiana (53) 5 hours 41 minutes 47 seconds
21. Aidan Hausmann of St. Augustine, Florida (38) 5 hours 43 minutes 0 seconds – 10th female
22. Paul Mellinger of Ft Lauderdale, Florida (55) 5 hours 43 minutes 6 seconds
23. Andrew Rollins of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (57) 5 hours 55 minutes 19 seconds
24. Jason Hanks of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (44) 6 hours 17 minutes 12 seconds
25. Kate Arrizza of Jupiter, Florida (40) 6 hours 18 minutes 16 seconds – 11th female
26. Sandy Carosi of Lebanon, New Jersey (55) 6 hours 24 minutes 37 seconds – 12th female
27. Drew Houser of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (38) 6 hours 33 minutes 50 seconds
28. Richard Schoenborn of Palm City, Florida (63) 6 hours 37 minutes 33 seconds
29. William Welzien of Sugarloaf Key, Florida (71) 6 hours 56 minutes 33 seconds
30. Pia Lord of Merritt Island, Florida (56) 6 hours 57 minutes 45 seconds – 13th female
31. Bill Haselden of Chapin, South Carolina (60) 6 hours 58 minutes 51 seconds
32. Lauren Dean of Key West, Florida (39) 7 hours 14 minutes 31 seconds – 14th female

For more information, visit swimaroundkeywest.com.

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Steven Munatones