Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Chattanooga Open Water Swimmers (C.O.W.S) and Dr. Karah Nazor successfully hosted their 6th Annual Swim the Suck, a 10-mile open water swim through the Tennessee River Gorge on October 10th.

Olympian Alex Meyer easily won the race by over 15 minutes while the women’s race was an excellent one between fast veteran women. Victoria Rian (49) edged ahead of Cheryl Reinke (51) and Valeria Teany (42) in a race where 87 swimmers finished in a downstream course with the water temperature a warm 74°F (23°C).

Other than the beautiful landscape provided by the Cumberland Mountains as the swimmers traverse down the canyon gorge, the phenomenon that always is most amazing about the Swim the Suck is how race director Karah Nazor hosts such an outstanding competition that draws significant local support and provides abundant safety provisions while she is also participating in the race.

Race directors are usually dealing with a number of factors and last-minute decisions, but Nazor has everything in place including contingency plans for everything that might come up. Her organization, artistic touch, constant smile, composure under pressure, and promotion for a major event is remarkable given not only her pre-race and race-day responsibilities, but also her finish as an athlete every year.


Overall results:

1 Alex Meyer 2:45:02.59
2 Andreas Fath (The Swimming Professor), 3:01:15.70
3 Matt Maurer, 3:01:55.95
4 Victoria Rian, 3:02:08.89
5 Rick Schumacher, 3:02:08.89
6 Cheryl Reinke, 3:04:23.75
7 Valerie Teany, 3:05:29.77
8 Jason Green, 3:06:21.05
9 Mark Brandt, 3:07:58.25
10 Melissa Kerker, 3:08:20.06
11 Jack McAfee, 3:11:45.93
12 Jamie Ann Phillips, 3:12:55.04
13 Michael Malik, 3:12:56.00
14 Gregory Dalton, 3:15:05.31
15 Mark Spratt, 3:15:18.27
16 Patrick Boylan, 3:16:29.73
17 Jerry Anguiano, 3:17:10.27
18 Lindsay Boylan, 3:19:05.45
19 Pat Eddy, 3:19:16.68
20 Chris Greene, 3:19:25.01
21 Kelsey Trom, 3:21:42.93
22 Annie Loveless, 3:23:25.65
23 Kevin Sullivan, 3:23:25.69
24 Robert Alford, 3:25:13.20
25 Michael Stresemann, 3:25:14.95
26 Allison Ware, 3:27:21.30
27 Fred Arnold, 3:28:05.04
28 Fernette Ramnath, 3:29:05.95
29 Kent Nicholas, 3:29:48.20
30 Stephen Key, 3:29:49.06
31 Laura Rawlins, 3:30:30.28
32 Joe Fulton, 3:30:52.37
33 Sasha Stolz, 3:31:13.28
34 Devon Clifford, 3:31:44.82
35 Terri Torres, 3:32:01.08
36 Jack Van Coevering, 3:32:23.67
37 Karah Nazor, 3:32:59.67 [race director & founder]
38 Andrew Domina, 3:33:38.45
39 Frances Walsh, 3:33:38.78
40 Marlee Jennings, 3:35:01.82
41 David Dau, 3:35:32.71
42 Melinda Menzer, 3:35:34.13
43 Valeria Bergman, 3:36:28.55
44 Greg O’Connor, 3:36:48.08
45 Jessica Wood, 3:36:54.52
46 Helen Lin, 3:38:22.08
47 Patty Hermann, 3:38:36.15
48 Brett Shank, 3:38:47.40
49 Michael Mccollum, 3:38:56.00
50 Andrew Fuhrer, 3:39:55.41
51 Daniel Kimball, 3:46:02.77
52 Mariano Cebrian, 3:46:41.81
53 Caroline Block, 3:48:03.91
54 Carlos Alvarez, 3:49:30.80
55 Terri Goodman, 3:50:07.26
56 Susan Kirk, 3:53:00.51
57 Renee Leslie, 3:54:51.34
58 Dane Krampitz, 3:56:05.02
59 Bob Weber, 3:56:39.36
60 Kellie Latimer, 3:56:48.91
61 Chad Englebert, 3:57:38.27
62 Randall Beets, 3:58:51.31
63 Scott McDonald, 4:01:42.16
64 Ben Boyer, 4:02:08.66
65 Dwayne Schalles, 4:03:02.75
66 Andrea Ballard, 4:05:33.64
67 John Copeland, 4:06:03.84
68 Paula Yankauskas, 4:06:15.18
69 Liane Jennings, 4:09:35.02
70 Samuel McNair, 4:10:28.68
71 Jim Podolske, 4:10:29.25
72 Trephnia Galloway, 4:13:28.25

73 Rebecca Stein, 4:15:08.48
74 Kelli Smith, 4:15:34.54
75 Jack LeMaire, 4:16:00.50
76 Tom Linthicum, 4:20:51.71
77 Mary Staples, 4:21:33.71
78 Kathy Masterson, 4:29:43.76
79 Stephanie Hopson, 4:34:49.66
80 Steven White, 4:34:52.61
81 Garry Pritchett, 4:37:40.68
82 John Gale, 4:42:27.59
83 Ted Bromfield, 4:44:52.72
84 Justin Nunnery, 4:48:17.21
85 Tammy Cook, 4:52:39.33
86 Eunice Campbell, 4:56:47.24
87 Tony Meyaart, 5:13:28.66

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