Orca Alcatraz Challenge Swim athletes survive harsh weather
Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Over 450 Aquathlon and swim participants weathered cold weather, windy conditions and cold water to overcome the challenge of the Memorial Day Orca Alcatraz Challenge Swim. With great anticipation they jumped from the Hornblower California Boat at 8:00 am as scheduled. They were just off the south end of Alcatraz Island where the legend is that no one could escape the federal prison because of the currents, cold water and distance to San Francisco. These swimmers were here to prove the legend wrong as they swam 1.5 miles in water with a 6knot current. They did have a little bit of an advantage as many wore wetsuits, had trained for months and had all the advantages of maps, charts and of course Google to give them all the latest data.
The hard core participants were the non-wetsuit swimmers, better known as the naked swimmers (although they did wear swim suits). The overall winners of this division were: Pietro Barlocco (37) Bergamo, Italy with a time of 35:09, second James Fittro (19) Seaside, CA 36:56, and third Jonah Silva (15), Seaside, CA 38:27. For the women the winner was Madison Stander (14), Monterey, CA 39:48, second Ava Vucina (17), Pacific Grove, CA, 39:57 and third Elaina Luke (23) from Menlo Park with a time of 41:00.
In the wetsuit division the winners were: Josh Pitkofsy (18), from San Carlos with a time of 32:37, second, James Lewis (19), from Costa Mesa and third James Parker (14), from Monterey at 33:54. For the women overall winners was Kimberly Hermann (23) Houston Texas with a time of 37:55, second Bergamo Christina Hashimoto (13), Pacific Grove 37:59 and third Clare McKenna (26), Carlsbad, 38:38.
In the Aquathlon Division they swam the 1.5 mile swim and then ran 7 miles across the Golden Gate Bridge and back. The female overall winners were: Patricia Lai (31), San Francisco 1:32:04, second Kristi Rossi (45), Hillsborough 1:32:48 and third Susan Legacki (33), Encinitas 1:36:04.
For the men: Parker Smith (17), Seaside, CA with a winning time of 1:21:35, second Bryan Botma (27), San Clemente 1:24:48 and third Matt Head (24), San Ramon 1:25:42.
Athletes also competed for Age Group awards and Relay Team awards. For a complete list of the results visit our "Race Results" page
The youngest competitor was 10 year old Madison Brown from Monterey, and the oldest was Neal Gillen, from Potomac, MD.