Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

We had another great race in Turks & Caicos this year with far more people,” reports Ben Stubenberg at the Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim. “The race seems it has really caught on.”

Six years ago in 2010, the first Turks & Caicos “Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim could barely muster 50 swimmers. This year on July 4th, the international swim race in the clear, turquoise waters of Grace Bay, Providenciales saw 176 swimmers participate in 3 events of 2.4 miles, 1 mile, and 1/2 mile in distance.

On hand swimming non-competitively were 1984 Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines and world-class marathon swimmer Yuko Matsuzaki
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Race conditions were perfect with welcomed calm seas and typically bright sunshine.

But the race was just a bit too popular. Stubenberg and co-director Chloe Zimmermann were a little embarrassed to have run out of conch medals for everyone who participated from across the Caribbean to the Americas. “But we will mail a medal to everyone who did not get one. The top three male and female finishers in each event received conch trophies carved a local artist.”

American Gary Sangmeister from Pennsylvania took first place in the 2.4-mile in 1:01:19 with Cathy Gainor from Maryland winning the women’s division in 1:05:01. Fifteen-year-old Nadja Martinovic from New York won the ½-mile in 14:12 with Matthew Cronan from Minnesota winning the men’s side in 15:09. In the men’s 1-mile, Eric Stull from Pennsylvania upset 3-time defending champion and local swim star Dan Redmond in 24:16 to 24:24 while Melanie Mahaney from Pennsylvania won the women’s 1-mile in 26:54.

½-mile Eco-SeaSwim Top 10 Women Results
1. 14:12.2 Nadja Martinovic
2. 17:50.6 Caroline Gatto
3. 18:21.9 Lauren Ashley Dale
4. 18:30.2 Freya Harris
5. 18:59.4 Danica Vince Cruz
6. 19:10.4 Amanda Abbott
7. 19:24.4 Carmela Giordano
8. 19:28.7 Nicole Vanwoudenberg
9. 19:51.7 Jennifer Dolle
10. 19:55.0 Olivia Oconnell

½-mile Eco-SeaSwim Top 10 Men Results
1. 15:09.4 Matthew Cronan
2. 15:58.1 Fabio De Souza Queiroz Campos
3. 19:15.5 Graham Shaw
4. 19:52.6 Toby Shingleton
5. 20:01.0 Eric Sundberg
6. 22:56.2 Jake Whent
7. 23:11.4 Tristan Greene
8. 24:43.0 Nick Cafero
9. 25:40.9 Roelan Teachey
10. 25:50.9 Theo Weldon

1-mile Eco-SeaSwim Top 10 Men Results
1. 24:16.5 Eric Stull
2. 24:28.4 Dan Redmond
3. 28:15.2 Ladislav Sebestyan
4. 28:49.2 Anthony Aj Horta
5. 28:56.5 Nathaniel Roach
6. 30:40.9 Ethan Perkins
7. 31:02.1 David Dibella
8. 31:04.8 Ramin Zarfeshan
9. 31:26.2 Ted Weldon
10. 31:33.8 Cody O’neal

1-mile Eco-SeaSwim Top 10 Women Results
1. 26:54.6 Melanie Mahaney
2. 28:38.9 Laura Shaw
3. 29:50.4 Cathy Gainor
4. 30:37.9 Kristin Oneal
5. 30:59.2 Dominique Nurse-Allen
6. 31:08.4 Melissa Lunn
7. 31:15.7 Anna Rosen
8. 31:28.4 Amy Taylor
9. 31:31.2 Jeanne Poorman
10. 31:54.3 Laila Zarfeshan

2.4-mile Eco-SeaSwim Top 10 Men Results
1. 1:01:19.3 Gary Sangmeister
2. 1:01:42.7 Michael Duffy
3. 1:04:37.4 Ladislav Sebestyan
4. 1:06:28.1 David Dibella
5. 1:07:07.9 Thomas Denes
6. 1:08:19.7 Cody Oneal
7. 1:11:30.4 Pablo Piquerez Caviglia
8, 1:13:35.9 John Zeitler
9, 1:16:35.7 Joel Goldfarb
10. 1:16:49.0 Ian Arthur

2.4-mile Eco-SeaSwim Top 10 Women Results
1. 1:05:01.1 Cathy Gainor
2. 1:05:20.6 Amy Taylor
3. 1:08:17.5 Shannon Gibson
4. 1:08:59.8 Sabrina Peirce
5. 1:09:22.9 Anne Wiper
6. 1:10:03.8 Anna Rosen
7. 1:10:53.6 Tracy Collett
8. 1:12:34.0 Maryam Norouzi
9. 1:14:44.7 Patricia Clifford
10. 1:16:10.7 Kara Permisohn

For more information and complete results, visit www.ecoseaswim.com.

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