Charlotte Samuels joined 20 other marathon swimmers in the inaugural 15.1-mile (24.3 km) Cape Circumnavigation Challenge around Cape May, New Jersey.

The conditions were pretty tough – as expected.

Race director Jason Malick explains the term ‘Swim Interrupted’ in the official results, “Swim Interrupted means that the rips (5-6 foot waves) were too dangerous to navigate the boats and swimmers. We did not want to put any swimmers/kayakers into those conditions as they were getting rougher as the afternoon progressed.

The rips are where the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet
.”

The official results of the event are below. Californian Grace van der Byl, fresh off of her 4-day Night Train Swimmers relay, looked fresh and dominated the field with a 45-minute victory:

1. Grace van der Byl, 35 (Solano Beach, California) – 5:05.09
2. Mike Gemelli, 43 (Rutherford, New Jersey) – 5:45.28
3. Katie Scott, 22 (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) – 5:52.49
4. Anthony McCarley, 54 (Berwyn, Pennsylvania) – 6:01.33
5. Greg O’Connor, 44 (Natick, Massachusetts) – 6:11.35
6. Michael Miller, 59 (Honolulu, Hawaii) – 6:20.42
7. Sydne Didier, 42 (Amherst, Massachusetts) – 6:28.09
8. Bridgette Hobart (Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey) – 6:36.56
9. Lori Carena, 59 (Brooklyn, New York) – 7:12.19
10. David Conners, 45 (San Francisco, California) – 7:17.34
11. Charlotte Samuels, 15 (Ridgewood, New Jersey – shown above) – 8:10.03
12. Franco Prezioso, 47 (Bel Air, Maryland) – 8:10.47
13. Sara Marley, 45 (London, United Kingdom) – 8:11.22
14. Meghan Wren (Money Island, New Jersey) – 9:17.22
Jia Jung, 32 (Brooklyn, New York) – Swim Interrupted
Claudia Rose, 49 (San Diego, California) – Swim Interrupted
Kimberly Plewa, 30 (Rahway, New Jersey) – DNF
Leonard Jansen, 58 (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania) – DNF
David Barra, 48 (High Falls, New York) – DNF
Kenn Lowy, 56 (Brooklyn, New York) – DNF

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