TEMPE, Arizona, March 30. ONE of the first open-water races of the year took place Sunday under sunny skies and 80-degree temperatures. They were perfect conditions for the 2.4 mile swim.
Nathan Freeman emerged victorious, beating over 350 athletes. The 19-year-old from Phoenix won in a time of 47:34.0. He was followed a little over 30 seconds later by Temujin Gold in a 48:06.6 and Bill Daniel in 49:27.7.
For the women, former ASU swimmer Susie Fawcett came in first in 52:29.9. Twelve seconds after her was McCall Dorr in a 52:41.0 and Claire Moty came in at 53:15.8. Claire was one of the youngest competitors, at age 15. Interestingly, the top three women were also among the top 6 finishers overall.
The race, put on by DCB Extreme Adventures, is the largest open-water swim and one of the largest swimming events ever held for adults Arizona. Only the 1994 and 2003 USMS Short Course National Championships have had more participants.