Tampa Bay, FL-- Swimmers braved headwinds and waves during the Tenth Tampa Bay Marathon Swim on Saturday, April 21. Four solo swimmers and seven relay teams finished the swim of the entire 24 mile length of Tampa Bay. The event has been held every year since 1998 in celebration of Earth Day and the revitalization of Florida's largest estuary.
Solo Swimmers - Name, Age/Sex, Hometown
9:44 - Jimmy Welborn, 52M, Chattanooga, TN - Overall Champion
10:34 - Anne Schuster, 40F, Dallas, TX - Women's Champion
10:36 - Shannon Mingo, 24F, Bethesda, MD - First Place, 20-24 Women
11:13 - Ken Eckelkamp, 47M, St. Petersburg, FL - First Place, 45-49 Men
9:35 - North Baltimore Aquatic Club - Janice Bonner, 40F, Baltimore, MD; Scott Breza, 36M, Phoenix, MD; Wendy Quitasol, 44F, Baltimore, MD; Gil Mandel, 40M, Owings Mills, MD; Suzanne Gedney, 38F, Lutherville, MD; Tobi Limke, 32F, Seven Valleys, PA9:54 - Yo Salinity Sam - Van Hoffman, 43M, Arlington, VA; Paul Doremus, 46M, Potomac, MD; Matt McShane, 43M, Olney, MD; Scott Moffet, 39M, Ellicott City, MD; Kathryn Kirmayer, 43F, Silver Spring, MD; Lynn Wymelenberg, 51F, Olney, MD
10:01 - Tampa Bay Aquatic Club - Tom Rawls, 39M, Tampa, FL; Bart Cobb, 52M, Tampa, FL; Joe Solak, 42M, Tampa, FL; Clara Reynolds, 37F, Tampa, FL
11:00 - Dos Conquistadores de Brooklyn - Jonathan Farber, 40M, Brooklyn, NY; Cristian Vergara, 48M, Brooklyn, NY
11:08 -Konrad's Comrades - Konrad Euler, 71M, St. Petersburg, FL; Pat Marzulli, 55M, Indian Rocks Beach, FL; Zack Pruitt, 33M, Tampa, FL; Bob Beach, 76M, St. Petersburg, FL
11:12 - Team McCluskey - Orin McCluskey, 56M, New York City, NY; Sarah Chu, 29F, New York City, NY; Tom Newman, 40M, New York City, NY
11:25 - Dynoswim of Palm Coast - David Petkousek, 42M, Palm Coast, FL; Dakin Fromhold, 47M, Palm Coast, FL; Scott Nieminem, 40M, Palm Coast, FL; Sheryl Watkins, 42F, Palm Coast, FL; Amy Britton, 35F, Palm Coast, FL; Diane Bixler, 35F, Palm Coast, FL
Please forgive the delay in posting race results and pictures as we mourn the death of our friend Dave Parcells. He was swimming with us during the race and withdrew after swimming the first nine miles. He got onto his escort boat and had traveled about 15 minutes along the shoreline toward a boat ramp when he collapsed and emergency responders were called upon to save his life. Despite the efforts of his crew, the United States Coast Guard, the St. Petersburg Fire Department, and St. Anthony's Hospital, Dave passed away due to coronary failure.
We extend our condolences to his family, friends, and to everyone in our marathon swimming community. Very few people outside of our circle understand the commitment, the dedication and the entire lifestyle that is required to swim a double crossing of the English Channel. We are honored that Dave Parcells came to do the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. This was his 8th time participating in the event.
Tributes have already started to appear on-line regarding Dave's amazing athletic accomplishments and philanthropic interests. To see more information on this great individual, you can Google Marathon Swimmer Dave Parcells.
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