The Life And Times Of Jim Doty

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Third Annual James J. Doty Memorial Mile Swim was held at the L Street Bathhouse (Curley Community Center) in South Boston, Massachusetts. 51 swimmers up and down the Eastern Seaboard ventured in the Boston Bay waters to celebrate the life and times of Jim Doty.

Bioprene swimmer Nathaniel Dean finished first in 22:44 with Katherine Owen winning the women’s division in 25:45. Katie O’Dair won the women’s neoprene division in 24:00 with John Minigiello of Boston right behind as the first wetsuited man in 24:01.

The event was dedicated to the memory of a local swimmer and community builder, former professional marathon swimmer Jim Doty who passed away in 2012 after a long illness.

Prior to the start of the race, the field and members and friends of the Doty family participated in a heartfelt remembrance of Jim Doty and a dedication ceremony for two new clocks that have been installed at the L Street Bathhouse in his memory. Several friends, swimmers, and family members spoke of how Doty had influenced their lives and their swimming pursuits. It was a thoughtful time to praise the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer for his legendary generosity of spirit, time, experience, and passion for life.

Dr. Joel Saperstein was nicknamed “Dr. Chicken” by Doty for his hesitancy to jump in Gloucester Harbor one day in mid-winter in December 1969 spoke of how much he misses his swimming partner every day. Professor Sharon Beckman of Boston College who trained occasionally with Doty recalled that Doty was responsible for creating a lot of lifelong friendships throughout the swimming community.

Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association President Greg O’Connor spoke about how the clocks are a fitting memorial to Doty. “It feels good to see the open water swimming community give back to someone who gave so much of himself.”

To help celebrate Doty’s accomplishments and to formally dedicate the clocks, the Boston Fire Department’s fireboat cruised past spraying water, an appropriate and exuberant tribute for a waterman who is missed greatly by friends and family alike.

Official results:
1. Nathaniel Dean (37) 22:44
2. Bill Shipp (54) 23:06
3. Katie O’Dair (47) 24:00 [wetsuit]
4. John Minigiello (50) 24:01 [wetsuit]
5. Bob Burrow (51) 25:28
6. Katharine Owen (35) 25:45
7. Lisa Kromer (35) 25:50
8. Jennifer Downing (35) 27:25
9. Alison Meehan (42) 27:32
10. Helen Lin (30) 27:55
11. Emma Luniewiez (15) 28:31
12. Rick Born (52) 28:34
13. Miye Jacques (22) 30:15
14. Jonathan Gladstone (45) 30:44
15. Stephen Gillis (55) 31:00
16. Michelle Mix (42) 31:15 [wetsuit]
17. James Haynes (37) 31:17
18. Sharon Beckman (56) 31:34
19. Jerome Leslie (35) 33:03
20. Christina Lin (39) 33:22
21. Michale Ohic (56) 33:40
22. Tom Scannell (51) 33:42 [wetsuit]
23. Maura Twomey (58) 34:00
24. Eduardo del Solar (62) 34:00 [wetsuit]
25. Rob Curtin (46) 34:10
26. Michael Workman (42) 34:59 [wetsuit]
27. Tamanna Ahmad (28) 35:00 [wetsuit]
28. Eugene Gallagher (59) 35:49
29. Gabord Korodi (39) 35:56 [wetsuit]
30. Katrina Gosek (37) 37:39 [wetsuit]
31. Erin Vandeveer (33) 37:48
32. Gwyne Gallagher (24) 38:07 [wetsuit]
33. Deidre Devlin (28) 38:34
34. Alp Dedeoglu (51) 38:34
35. Melissa Looney (44) 38:40 [wetsuit]
36. Mary Devlin (58) 38:49 [wetsuit]
37. Fran O’Loughlin (53) 39:52
38. Cathy Kittredge (37) 40:21
39. Joseph Reid (50) 40:21
40. Stan Luniewicz (61) 40:35
41. Monica Mehigan (60) 40:49 [wetsuit]
42. John Stelling (51) 45:00 [wetsuit]
43. Bob McCormack (76) 45:25
44. Sean Loftus (11) 45:50
45. Michael Walsh (11) 45:52
46. Peter Wehrwein (57) 46:08
47. Scotty Dalrymple (57) 46:08
48. Leo Gerstel (66) 54:00
49. Rena Demeo (44)
50. Roger Croke (68)

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