Emma Schaefer and Serbo Simeoni Swim to Victory at the 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon
Official Results from April 25, 2015
Tampa Bay's marathon swim race is one of the world's longest, and covers the entire length of Florida's largest estuary.
Emma Schaefer, 26, from West Bloomfield, Michigan, was the Overall Champion at the 18th Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, finishing in 10 hours, 32 minutes. After rounding Pinellas Point, she was able to move to the front of the pack, while everyone took advantage of a tailwind that pushed swimmers northward towards the finish line.
April 25, 2015 Highlights
Highlight Reel - April 25, 2015 - Tampa Bay Marathon Swim
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The water temperature was 82F(27C) and there was a moderate chop on Tampa Bay as the winds ranged from 10-15 kts. Local marathon swimmer Serbo Simeoni, 49, from Safety Harbor, Florida was the Men's Champion, swimming the course in 11 hours, 10 minutes. Relay Champions were Capital Punishment, a 5 member team mostly from northern Virginia, captained by Bill Sullivan, 49, from McLean, Virginia.
The early leader was Katie Scott, 24, a swim coach from Haymarket, Virginia. She was able to power through headwinds leading the field to the turn north at Pinellas Point. At that point, southernly winds aided the swimmers as they traveled to the north end of Tampa Bay, for the finish at Ben T. Davis Beach. One swimmer, Andrew Heinrich, 43, from Orlando, Florida was able to reach the finish line at 1:19am for a time of 18 hours, 9 minutes. Another swimmer, a local from Clearwater, Florida, set a new event record for the "Oldest Female Swimmer" to complete the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. At age 54, she was 5th overall, clocking in just under 12 hours, to finish in 11 hours, 55 minutes.
For the first time since this race was first staged in 1999, all solo swimmers and relay teams that entered were able to complete the race.
Emma Schaefer, 26F, West Bloomfield, MI, USA - 10 hours, 32 minutes
Serbo Simeoni, 49M, Safety Harbor, FL, USA - 11 hours, 10 minutes
Katie Scott, 24F, Haymarket, VA, USA - 11 hours, 19 minutes
Katrin Walter, 37F, Buttikon, Switzerland - 11 hours, 53 minutes
Maureen Montgomery, 54F, Clearwater, FL, USA - 11 hours, 55 minutes
Neil Leyland, 41M, St. Charles, MO, USA - 11 hours, 58 minutes
Steve Gruenwald, 53M, Faribault, MN, USA - 12 hours, 53 minutes
Katie Benoit, 36F, Colorado Springs, CO, USA - 12 hours, 2 minutes
Andrew Truscott, 34M, St. Helier, Baliwick of Jersey - 13 hours, 11 minutes
Lesley Fanning, 47F, Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA - 13 hours, 50 minutes
Andrew Heinrich, 43M, Orlando, FL, USA - 18 hours, 9 minutes
Capital Punishment - 10 hours, 58 minutes
Bill Sullivan, 49M, McLean, VA
J. C. Boggs, 52M, Washington, DC
Mark Wainwright, 47M, Alexandria, VA
Karen Yankosky, 43F, Arlington, VA
Thomas Schwartz, 55M, Sarasota, FL
Orangeburg Pirates - 11 hours, 22 minutes
Franklin Fetzer, 57M, Orangeburg, SC
Gilbert Miller, 62M, Bamberg, SC
Stacey Hughes, 46F, Orangeburg, SC
Jeremy Sanders, 36M, Orangeburg, SC
David Miller, 64M, Brentwood, TN
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Updates from the April 25th Tampa Bay Marathon Swim
The starting line for the swim is the Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove Resort - 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane; St. Petersburg, Florida 33711. Phone: 800.227.8045 or 727.756.1151.
The race has been named one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims and has been listed as one of the 30 "World Swimming Majors" by The World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA).
The Finish Line is located at Ben T. Davis Beach on West Courtney Campbell Causeway; Tampa, Florida 33607.
Since this event was first staged in 1998, it has drawn competitors from across the United States, and from Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Baliwick of Jersey, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Canada, and the Cayman Islands.
More information about the 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim is available at www.DistanceMatters.com. Email the Race Director for more information, or to indicate your interest in entering as a swimmer or to receive more information about becoming an event volunteer.
For more information, contact:
The Tampa Bay Marathon Swim
Distance Matters, Inc.
Ron Collins, Race Director
PO Box 18004
Clearwater, FL 33762-9998
727.531.7999 | www.DistanceMatters.com
Tampa Bay Marathon Swim Records
7:41 - Chris Derks, 2002 (Overall & Men's Record)
7:51 - Penny Palfrey, 2008 (Women's Record)
18:09 - Andrew Heinrich, 2015 (Swam the Longest)
9:52 - Ron Collins, 1998 (First Swimmer)
8:34 - Gail Rice, 1998 (First Woman)
7:53 - Team Hammerhead, 2006 (Fastest 3 person Relay)
7:39 - The Sharks, 2006 (Fastest 6 person Relay)
14:21 - Carl Selles, 2014 (Oldest Male Swimmer, age 67)
15:22 - Maureen Montgomery, 2015 (Oldest Female Swimmer, age 54)