By Sharon Robb
January 23, 2017—William Healy and Eva Fabian were overall men’s and women’s winners at the inaugural Swim Fort Lauderdale Beach this past weekend at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
Despite rough water conditions, Healy, 53, was first among a field of 144 swimmers in 15 minutes and 39 seconds.
Ricardo Valdivia, 52, was second in 15:45 and teenager Mattheus Santos, 15, was third overall in 15:47. Mattheus was also the top finisher among the 49-and-under swimmers.
World-class open water swimmer and national team member Eva Fabian, 23, of Yale won the women’s race in 16:09. Fabian has won gold and bronze medals at the World Aquatic Championships, gold at the Pan American Games and two silvers at Pan Pacs.
Summer Schulte, 14, was second in 16:39 and Rylie Barnhardt, 12, was third in 17:25.
Cynthia Henley won the 50-plus title in 21:52.
South Florida Aquatic Club masters swimmer Jennifer Martin, 36, was 13th among women and 55th overall in 20:05.
Martin, who will compete in this weekend’s Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, is training for the two-mile open water swim at the Aug. 7-16 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles. The Olympic-style competition attracts 10,000 athletes from 70 countries competing in 60 events.
Hawaii Ironman Hector Picard, 50, was 38th in 30:31. Picard of Fort Lauderdale is the first double-arm amputee to finish the Kailua-Kona event, the granddaddy of all Ironmans. He lost his right arm and most of his left arm in an electrocution accident 25 years ago.
The Swim Fort Lauderdale event featured a one-mile swim and kids’ race.
The remainder of the Swim Gym and Life Sports Fitness Swim Series is May 7th at Miami Marine Stadium and Aug. 13th in Miami Beach in front of the North Beach Bandshell.
Race proceeds benefit the H2Os Foundation whose mission is to eliminate drowning in South Florida by providing swimming lessons to those in need.
Every swimmer was presented a limited edition finisher medal. The medal is a custom jigsaw puzzle piece medal as part of the South Florida Swim Series. By completing all three, they will form together to read Swim Series on the back. For more information, go to swimmiami.net.
Overall Masters (50-and-over): 1. William Healy 15:39, 2. Ricardo Valdivia 15:45, 3. Alan Svensen 17:54.
Overall 49-and-under: 1. Mattheus Santos 15:47, 2. Ethan Roach 16:06, 3. Alex Marquez 16:32.
Overall Masters (50-and-over): 1. Cynthia Henley 21:52, 2. Carin Cohen 21:56, 3. Ilene Schnall 23:39.
Overall 49-and-under, 1. Eva Fabian 16:09, 2. Summer Schulte 16:39, 3. Rylie Barnhardt 17:25.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org