2010-07-22 / News

Islander takes top honors in Save the Bay swim

Islanders (from left) Jean Lambert, Victor Lambert, Patrice Kilrow, Julie Kallfelz, Annie Benneville and Andrea Brayman made a strong showing in the annual Save the Bay swim last Saturday. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Islanders (from left) Jean Lambert, Victor Lambert, Patrice Kilrow, Julie Kallfelz, Annie Benneville and Andrea Brayman made a strong showing in the annual Save the Bay swim last Saturday. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten A group of hardy swimmers – 433 of them, to be exact – turned out at dawn last Saturday, July 17, for the Citizens Bank/Save the Bay swim. It was the largest group ever to take part in the swim’s 34-year history.

Islander Jonathan McGowen, 36, was the top finisher with a time of 32:50.

Other strong finishes were recorded by islanders Bruce Novis, 45, at 34:41 and Victor Lambert, 19, at 42:00.

Andrea Brayman, 37, was the island’s top female finisher at 44:37. Jean Lambert, 49, also finished strong at 45:21.

The morning’s 6:30 a.m. start was one of the earliest in the swim’s history. Start times for the 1.7-mile trek are determined by optimum tides.

The swim’s 2010 fundraising goal is $240,000 from donations collected by swimmers and through corporate sponsorship. The final total will be announced in late August.

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