Sunday, June 7, 2009

Australians Sweep Around Manhattan Island

Australia took 1-2-3 in the annual 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim with John Van Wisse (middle) defending his title in 7 hours 10 minutes 35 seconds. Penny Palfrey (left) was second in 7 hours 17 minutes and 7 seconds and Michael Renford (right) third in 7 hours 29 minutes and 4 seconds. This was similar to last year when John also took first with Penny second and Rondi Davies third.

The Vicelords won the 6-person relay in 7 hours 12 minutes and 1 second. The overall results are below:

(1) John Van Wisse: 7:10:35
(2) Vicelords: 7:12:01 (6-person relay)
(3) Penny Palfrey: 7:17:07
(4) Michael Renford: 7:29:04
(5) Mighty Mermaids: 7:33:08 (6-person relay)
(6) Team Mexico: 7:40:22 (4-person relay)
(7) Lennard Lee: 7:41:09
(8) Elizabeth Fry: 7:44:47
(9) Marcella MacDonald: 7:48:59
(10) Conor Rowley: 7:52:15
(11) Lance Ogren: 7:59:44
(12) Jon Ennis: 8:02:25
(13) Mariel Hawley: 8:08:15.
(14) Rob Deakin: 8:19:50
(15) Antonio Arguelles: 8:21:11
(16) Chris Palfrey: 8:21:40
(17) Jane McCormick: 8:24:40
(18) Leticia Flores Hernandez: 8:30:12
(19) Maria Matheu: 8:31:00
(20) Elaine Howley: 8:39:50
(21) NY Harbor Seals: 8:40:33 (2-person relay)
(22) George Hunihan: 8:41:54
(23) NY Nadadores: 8:45:39 (4-person relay)
(24) Brooklyn Masters Double Take: 8:47:05 (4-person relay)
(25) Kathleen Jaeger: 8:53:07
(26) Willy Blumentals: 9:05:15
DNF: Ricardo Grossman, Stephen Autry, Cara McAteer, Suzie Dods, Amanda Hunt, Four Loops (4-person relay), Asphalt Green Triathlon Club (4-person relay), Sea Lice (2-person relay)

"I didn't feel cold," said John. "I go with my rhythm. It's a lot of preparation [to train for the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and I felt good."

Swimming World Magazine also had coverage of the race - click here.

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