Eighteen year old Sophie Heyman from Scotts Valley wins the overall title at the ORCA Alcatraz Challenge Swim
Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2011
On one of the most beautiful days in San Francisco 271 swimmers, with 12 swimming without wetsuits, jumped from the perfectly good Hornblower Spirit boat southeast of Alcatraz Island into the 54 degree water that was ebbing at 4.9 knots toward the Golden Gate Bridge. With kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and boats in observation they swam through the relatively calm seas to the East Beach finish line at the Presidio 1.5 miles from the start.
Sophie Heyman, (18), female, from Scotts Valley was the fastest swimmer of the day with a time of 30 minutes and 33 seconds. Stacy beat Nick Hopman (33) of San Francisco by 3 seconds. The third place overall swimmer was fourteen year old Jake Rolo from Alma, Ca with a time of 31 minutes and 05.
This was the second annual Alcatraz Challenge Swim. The participation increased almost doubled from last year’s total of 168 swimmers. Swimmers came from as far away as Ireland and New Zealand to swim the famous Alcatraz swim. Tri-California Events, producer of the event will produce three more events with swimming in the San Francisco Bay this year. The San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island will be July 8-10, the Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon (swim & run) will be July 17, and the San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz will be on August 21. For a complete schedule http://www.tricalifornia.com
Full results are available at: http://raceresults.eternaltiming.com/index.cfm/20110522_Alcatraz_Challenge_Swim.htm
Top 10 Women (1.5 Mile Swim Individual)
Top 10 Men (1.5 Mile Swim Individual)