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22nd Annual SWIM Across the Sound Marathon Wrap-Up

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The 22nd Annual St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound proved sunny and successful. Clear skies made way for the 160 swimmers who trekked 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) across the Long Island Sound. The swimmers launched from Danford’s Marina in Port Jefferson, NY and crossed the finish line at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, CT. The field consisted of 15 solo swimmers (the most ever), 23 team relays and three duos in the new two-person relay category. Together they raised more than $350,000 toward the charity’s $2,650,000 total for the year. The swimmers ranged in age from 14 to 68 and came from all over the country.

Each team relay raised a minimum of $7,500, two-person relays raised a minimum of $3,500 and solo swimmers a minimum of $1,500. All the funds raised benefit the SWIM’s 36 cancer services, which provide financial support and care for the needs that health insurance companies do not cover in addition to support groups, education, prevention and wellness programs in the community.

Team relay Westport Swim Club Lane 3 was the first to finish in five hours and 40 minutes. Jim Barber, age 49, of Zionsville, IN took the first place male solo award, finishing in six hours and 37 minutes. Victoria Rian, age 42, of Indianapolis, IN was the first place female solo finishing in seven hours and two seconds. The first place two-person relay went to Team Davis, the father and son duo of Andy Davis, age 46, and Gannon Davis, age 14, both of Fairfield, CT.

Most participants swam in honor or in memory of someone who has battled cancer. Five of the solo swimmers hailed from the Indianapolis area and each of them had a story to tell. Jim Barber swam in memory of his father whom he recently lost to lung cancer. Fifty-four-year-old Jan Crose Johnson of Indianapolis is a breast cancer survivor and 47-year-old Tina Meyers Oakes, also of Indianapolis, is an amputee. Their moving stories inspired many swimmers to hang tough and achieve their goals of finishing.

The spirit of Jan Williams, SWIM co-chair and director of Captain’s Cove who passed away in February from cancer was felt throughout the day, lending a special poignancy to the event. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch proclaimed August 1st Jan Williams Day in her memory. Williams’ Co-Chair Frank Scifo, MD was honored to remember his colleague with such ceremony.

“Jan was noticeably absent today, but her continued loving presence was felt as well. Even during her battle with cancer, she was quick to recognize those in need of support whose pain and problems were not always outwardly apparent, and even quicker to respond and graciously provide the necessary help. She always delivered it with her trademark smile and endless compassion. This unique love for her fellow man is truly her legacy to those she left behind,” he said.

Volunteer Marathon Director Liz Fry of Westport is a renowned open-water swimmer. She is one of only 20 swimmers in the world to have earned the elite Triple Crown title. In September 2009, Fry broke the record for swimming around Manhattan Island against the current. She is the first woman to complete the clockwise swim. Fry has also made three successful solo crossings of the English Channel and two as part of a relay. Fry dedicates all of her free time leading up to the event to making sure it runs well, but she relies on the help of others to bring it all together.

“We have so many to thank for the success of this event,” she said. “Our sponsor Coca Cola, MyAthlete™ GPS Tracking System, the swimmers for their training and outstanding fundraising efforts, the 85 boat captains and their crew, and the boat captain’s committee, who organized the boats and the SWIM course, the officials and observers who monitored the competition, the EMTs, the police and fire departments who protected the SWIM field, the numerous volunteers, the Williams family, Captain’s Cove Seaport of Bridgeport, Danford’s Marina of Port Jefferson, GE, and Bill Loftus, who emceed the awards ceremony. It takes a generous community of volunteers and donors to help the SWIM continue to care for cancer patients and their families.”

More Information
Meet the 2009 Solo Swimmers
Meet the 2009 Two-Person Relay Swimmers
Meet the 2009 Team Relay Swimmers
Past Results

The SWIM's Impact on Cancer Patients and The Community (4 min. long video)

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