Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

One of the most prolific writers and influential publishers in the swimming world, Laura Hamel, clearly does what she writes about: enjoy masters swimming and open water swimming. She and her son, Dirk Hamel, won the 2.4-mile Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim in Turks & Caicos last week.

Dirk, a sophomore at Kenyon College, won the 2.4-mile race in 48:56 while mother Laura won the women’s division in 1:02:27.

In the one-mile race, Dan Redmond, the two-time defending champion in the 1 mile and a British Turks & Caicos resident, won in 22:59 while Jessica Sloane, a Canadian Turks & Caicos resident, won in 29:24. In the 1/2-mile race, Charles Archer won in 15:39 and Laura Shaw won the women’s division in 16:34.

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