McCallum swims to victory in annual CUC 800M

| 14/10/2014

(CIASA): Competition in the 26th Annual CUC 800m Sea Swim saw Stingray’s Iain McCallum and CBAC Coach Chris Dart in a stroke for stroke swim all the way to end, with McCallum edging Dart out to take first in 9.56 minutes, just .03 ahead of Dart’s 9.59 time. Eddie Weber came in third in 10.09 and first female to finish was Ella Plunkett in a time of 11.23. "The CUC Sea Swim has been a favourite fixture on the CIASA open water calendar for the past 26 years, and the swimming community is grateful for CUC’s commitment to the ongoing growth and development of the sport,” said Michael Lockwood, CIASA President. 

Taking place on Saturday, October 11th, conditions were beautiful – even if a little on the hot side for spectators. 128 swimmers started the swim (127 finished) and spectators walking the beach really got in to the spirit of the swim with loud cheering from the beach – urging on swimmers to make the most of the conditions and sprint to the finish.

While all the swimmers deserve congratulations for competing, special mention must be made of the two athletes who competed in the 60+ Age Group – Barb Peterston and Frankie Flowers – showing once again that the sport of swimming is one which athletes can take part in for many, many years.

Handing out awards at the end of the swim was CUC’s Richard Hew, ably assisted by daughter Lauren; and Sophia and Isabela Watler (daughters of CUC’s David Watler).

Swimmers received a goody bag and t-shirt; and refreshments and Subway Sandwiches were also provided at the end of the race.

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