English Channel swimmer Chris Derks won the 12.3-mile Lake Travis Relay in Austin, Texas for the third straight year, beating his own course record by 20 minutes.
Derks (shown to the left) has done numerous open water swims including finishing fourth in the prestigious Lac St-Jean professional marathon swim in Canada. He beat 5 solo swimmers and 16 six-person relay teams with swimmers from Texas, Illinois, California and Colorado. Derks' time was 3:46:16 in the point-to-point swim from the Mansfield Dam Park to The Pier on Lake Travis.
"Ace and his D.A.M. Friends" shown to the left and coached by Bobby Patten was the first relay team to finish in 3:50:24. The Dallas Aquatics Masters team finished in 3:50:24 ahead of third-place TeamTexas Masters with a time of 4:23:18. TeamTexas Masters was coached by race organizers, Keith Bell and 1972 triple Olympic gold medalist Sandy Neilson-Bell (shown below).
Complete race results and photos can be found at Lake Travis Relay.
The Lake Travis Relay is part of the year-round American Swimming Association series of open water swimming events. The series also includes the Cap 2k, Open Water Texas High School State Championships, the Volente Beach Open Water Family Gala, The Highland Lakes Challenge, the Dam 5k, the ASA Open Water Collegiate National Championships, The Quarries Open Water Festival, and the Polar Bear Swim.
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