SOFLO’s Sarah Acevedo Second At Flowers Sea Open Water Swim In Cayman Islands

By Sharon Robb

CAYMAN ISLANDS, June 17, 2019–Sarah Acevedo of South Florida Aquatic Club posted her highest finish in an international open water swimming race this past weekend.

With a nice tail wind, calm water and great weather, Acevedo, 15, was second overall among the women’s field and tenth overall among a field of more than 800 adult and youth swimmers at the annual Flowers Sea Swim off Seven Mile Beach on Saturday.

Acevedo finished the mile in 20 minutes and 45 seconds. Lexie Kelly won the women’s race in 20:24. Sydney Shemilt was third in 20:52 and Courtney Monsees was fourth in 21:08.

Former world champion Alex Meyer, 30, won the men’s race in 19:43 ahead of hometown favorite Shaune Fraser, 31, in 19:49. Teenager Alex Dakers was third in 19:57 and Jake Bailey was fourth in 20:08.

Proceeds from the event, which was expected to raise in excess of $70,000, went to the Special Olympics Foundation.

Meyer and Fraser are both retired after outstanding swimming careers in the Olympics and Pan American Games.

At the height of his career, Meyer won a gold medal in the 25K at the 2010 Open Water World Championships. Meyer also represented the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympics.

Fraser took a silver medal at the Pan American Games and now swims for fun, he said.

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