Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Day 1 at the 2018 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge is in the books.

The 9.5-mile (15.2 km) course across Saguaro Lake started in 72°F (22°C) water in air temperatures rising to 98°F (36°C) with and low winds.

Karl Pettijohn, a triathlete and mountaineer-turned-swimmer from Southern California, said with a smile, “It was not easy, but I’m now a marathon finisher [in 5 hours 15 minutes]. My right shoulder bothered me and hopefully it will feel great for tomorrow morning.”

Lauren Grous of Texas reported, “Today was the furthest I’ve ever swum consecutively, in a pool or lake or anywhere. Let’s hope I can gut it out tomorrow.”

Race director Kent Nicholas did a shout-out to a local sponsor, San Tan Brewing, for seven consecutive years of generosity and support with a top quality craft beer.”

But he also hailed the men from the warm-weather states of Hawaii and Florida. “We had great conditions with little wind. The boys from Hawaii and Florida feel at home.”

59-year-old Stefan Reinke of Honolulu held off 52-year-old
Serbo Simeoni of Safety Harbor, Florida by 20 seconds. On the younger side of the equation, 32-year-old Jamie Ann Phillips was the fastest woman on Day 1, only 3 minutes behind Reinke.

Day 1 Results in Lake Saguaro:

1. Stefan Reinke (59) 3:22:36.4

2. Serbo Simeoni (52) 3:22:56.9
3. Kurt Adkins (30) 3:23:52.4
4. Jamie Ann Phillips (32) 3:25:40.6 – First Female
5. Mark Smitherman (60) 3:26:33.8
6. Mányoki Attila (44) 3:27:09.1
7. Thomas Schwartz (58) 3:27:35.2

8. Liz Uribe (30) 3:32:50.0 – Second Female
9. Kyle Poland (38) 3:33:00.9
10. Mark Spratt (62) 3:33:36.4

11. Steven Minaglia (45) 3:35:37.1
12. Eliza Cummings (23) 3:37:26.7 – Third Female
13. Joseph Zemaitis (38) 3:37:45.8
14. Allison Ware (37) 3:38:50.9 – Fourth Female
15. James Cherry (61) 3:50:15.3
16. Lauren Grous (34) 3:50:41.9 – Fifth Female

17. Edward Riley (59) 3:55:06.5
18. Devon Clifford (28) 3:55:43.3
19. Stephen Key (50) 3:58:53.9
20. Matthew Schubert (33) 3:59:08.7

21. Julie Newton (35) 4:00:16.3
22. Maureen Montgomery (57) 4:00:28.5
23. Wendy Van De Sompele (52) 4:00:54.2

24. Jamie Tout (64) 4:04:20.8
25. Peter Hayden (60) 4:05:06.3
26. Michael Pollanen (49) 4:06:02.5

27. Melinda Menzer (49) 4:06:57.9
28. Janet Harris (52) 4:07:42.7
29. Ian Tarrant (49) 4:14:07.0
30. Amy Gubser (49) 4:14:43.9
31. Amy Frick (51) 4:21:24.7
32. Peter Lofquist (56) 4:23:12.3
33. Steve Gruenwald (56) 4:23:28.6
34. Audrey Viers (34) 4:24:11.3
35. Courtney Paulk (48) 4:25:12.0
36. Patrick McDermot (53) 4:29:30.3

37. Arleen González Perez (36) 4:33:17.2
38. Colleen Blair (40) 4:35:35.3
39. Sue-Ellen Booher (65) 4:36:32.7

40. Robin Rose (57) 4:46:15.1
41. Gerald George (59) 4:49:02.0
42. Pat Marzulli (69) 4:49:40.6
43. Paula Yankauskas (63) 5:02:40.7

44. Luise Rasche (50) 5:12:37.6
45. Karl Pettijohn (55) 5:15:48.1
46. Anel Sytdykova (39) 5:20:19.6
47. Stephanie Hopson (41) 5:29:11.7
48. Yasmin (Mina) Elnaccash (41) 5:31:35.6
49. Tiffany McQueen (45) 5:41:18.5
DNF Cathy Harrington (60)

The results from Day 2 in Canyon Lake are here. (Reinke Hangs On, Jamie Ann Phillips Swimming Strong).

The results from Day 3 across Apache Lake are here (Jamie Ann Phillips Forges Into The Lead In Apache Lake).

The overall results and results from Day 4 in Roosevelt Lake are here. (Night Falls, So Do Records. Jamie Ann Phillips Leads Way).

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