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Thirteenth Annual, 24 Miles
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Official Results

CLEARWATER, FL-  Swimmers enjoyed near-perfect conditions at the 13th Annual Whiskey Joe's Tampa Bay Marathon Swim on Saturday.  Craig Lenning was overall champion, as he swam the Bay in 10 hours, 17 minutes, while a relay team of  6 UNC Tarheel swimmers were able to finish ahead of the entire field with a very fast time of 8 hours, 6 minutes. 

The 24 mile ultra-distance race starts at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and ends at Whiskey Joe's Bar & Grill on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa in a race that covers the entire length of Tampa Bay. The event is held each year to celebrate Earth Day and the revitalization of Florida's largest estuary and is the longest race that is sanctioned by United States Masters Swimming.

Since this event was first staged in 1998, it has drawn competitors from across the United States, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Australia, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Canada, and the Cayman Islands.

Here are the results for the seven solo swimmers and the 25 relay swimmers that entered the event:


1. 10 hours, 17 minutes - Craig Lenning, 30M, Denver, CO - Overall solo champion
2. 10 hours, 49 minutes - David Barra,
45M, High Falls, NY
3. 11 hours, 10 minutes - Darren Miller, 27M, Delmont, PA
4. 11 hours, 54 minutes - Terry Laughlin, 59M, New Paltz, NY
5. DNF - Jim Meier, 65M, New York, NY - Forced to withdraw near the Howard Frankland Bridge after swimming 12 hours
6. DNF - Flavia Zappa, 43F, Bradenton, FL - Forced to withdraw near the Gandy Bridge after swimming 12 hours
7. DNF - Jacqueline Eastridge,
49F, Wynnwood, PA - Forced to withdraw near the St. Pete Pier after swimming 10 hours


1. 8 hours, 6 minutes - Tar Heel Alumni - Patrick Woodruff, 26M, Durham, NC, Greg Sanchez, 52M, Cary, NC, Tucker Shade, 33M, Raleigh, NC, Kelly Woodruff, 24F, Raleigh, NC, Erin Cutrell, 25F, Raleigh, NC

2. 9 hours, 1 minute - The Angry Fish - Kathryn Kirmayer, 46F, Silver Spring, MD, Bill Couch, 46M, Watertown, NY, Rob Benson, 41M, Mount Desert, ME, Chris Kirwan, 44M, Overland Park, KS, Jordan Lewis, 52M, Minneapolis, MN, John Young, 34M, Davidson, NC

3. 9 hours, 8 minutes - Masters of Our Own Domain - Tim Kennedy, 53M, St. Petersburg, FL, Brian Rimel, 43M, St. Petersburg, FL

4. 10 hours, 22 minutes - Barracudas - Pat Marzulli, 61M, Indian Rocks Beach, FL, Robert Aldrich, 61M, St. Petersburg, FL, Cyle Sage, 44M, Tampa,  New Port Richey, FL, Terri Pyle, 45F, Casselberry, FL, Bob Beach, 79M, St. Petersburg, Flavia Zappa, 43F, Bradenton, FL

5. 10 hours, 44 minutes - Team Endurance Trust - Kim Plewa, 27F, Rahway, NJ, Michelle Nelson, 38F, Lake Worth, FL

6. 11 hours, 18 minutes - 3 Y'S Guys Swim for Richard - Paul Kiell, 79M, Far Hills, NJ, Doug Munch, 63M, Morristown, NJ, Martino Caretto, 59M, Basking Ridge, NJ

Past Results   09 | 08 | 07 | 06 | 05 | 04 | 03 | 02 | 01 | 00 | 99 | 98

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 English Channel - September 2004
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By TERRY TOMALIN, Times Outdoors Editor - Published September 9, 2004

The 21-mile crossing of the English Channel is the open-water peak for challengers such as Ron Collins. They call it the Everest of open-water swimming. "It doesn't matter how many times you have swam around Manhattan or across Tampa Bay," Collins said a few days before he would attempt to add his name to the record book. "When it comes to long-distance swims, there is only one that matters and that is the English Channel." MORE>>>

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