Upper Merion Open Water Swim Series - Tuesday Night #2

Upper Merion Open Water Swim Series – Tuesday Night #2

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

French Creek Racing completed its Tuesday Night Series #2 race in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania as part of the Upper Merion Open Water Swim Series.

The water temperature dramatically increased and the currents significantly decreased for the second stage of the 800m sprint series in the Schuylkill River.

John Kenny, Founder and Owner of French Creek Racing, commented, “The evening was much nicer than last time. Warm air temperatures near 90ºF (32ºC) made it a perfect evening to take a dip in the 74ºF (23ºC) river. We had some current, but not nearly as strong as last time. First finisher was Alex Carpenter who won his first open water swim ever attempted. Dan Feeney took second place again as the first non-wetsuiters and now leads the series. Colin Morgan was third.

In the women’s race, Sharon Interrante was first, Laura Kenny was second again and now leads the series with Madeline Koch in third. There were lots of non-wetsuit swimmers, so it’s clear that the dog days of summer are approaching.

One brave soul spent over an hour to cover the 800m course: Manny Murray who is one of several athletes in attendance racing his first triathlon this year for CCFA Team Challenge. There were many triathletes who used this race as a tune up for TriRock Philly which is the largest triathlon in the City.

Tuesday Night Series #3 race will be held on July 1st.

The series is a perfect weekday opportunity to hone your racing skills, work on your pacing, positioning, and drafting, and increase your navigational IQ,” says Kenny, a former USA Swimming national open water swimming team member. “These races are a perfect way to gain open water swim experience before the big triathlons of the season.

Women’s Ranking after 2 races:
1. Laura Kenny 28 points
2. Sharon Interrante 17
3. Alyson Freeman 17
4. Erica Sheckler 15
5. Madeline Koch 10
6. Susan Downing 9
7. Fran Robison 8
8. Allison Spreng 7
9. Nicole Levine 7
10. Ginny Cataldi 7
11. Amanda DelCore 6
12. Jill Swavely 2
13. Mary Harkins-Schwarz 1
14. Maureen Pinkerton 1
15. Kerrie Tiedmann 1
16. Melissa Pieragostini 1
17. Angela Harrison 1
18. Katie Fitzgerald 1
19. Dee Bagarazzi 1
20. Emily Shea 1
21. Maripat McKenna 1
22. Kirstine Juhl 1
23. Diane McManus 1
24. Melissa Paquette 1
25. Kelly Palumbo 1
26. Colleen Boland 1
27. Michele Anderson 0

Men’s Ranking after 2 races:
1. Dan Feeney 38
2. Hunter Proctor 33
3. Glen Albertson 21
4. Alex Carpenter 20
5. Mike Conlon 20
6. Colin Morgan 18
7. Peter Wickman 16
8. Charles Bender 15
9. John Schaefer 14
10. Tim Gaiser 13
11. Max Fennell 13
12. Nabil Radouane 12
13. Rich Gienopie 11
14. Walt Kostyk 11
15. Jeffrey Hudson 8
16. Bob Cellucci 5
17. Tony Lambert 4
18. Jack Zarinsky 3
19. Matt Manion 1
20. Brett Jenner 1
21. Shawn Shevitz 1
22. Thomas Schneiders 1
23. Eric Embriani 1
24. Steve Zook 1
25. Joe Freiburg 1
26. Louis Buonomo 1
27. Mannus Murray 1

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