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Dan DeMarco, Casey Wagner Win Atlantic City 10K -- September 7, 2003

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, September 6. DAN DeMarco, 23, a member of the US World Championships team, won the second annual Atlantic City Swim Marathon 10K today by a margin of almost seven minutes. Forty-five swimmers competed in the race and all finished.

The women's winner was 16 year-old Casey Wagner, of Pittsburgh, who won by almost precisely the same margin.

De Marco, a former University of Virginia swimmer from Great Neck, N.Y. finished in a course record 2 hours, 1 minute, 45 seconds -- six minutes 51 seconds ahead of Germany's Jan Sibberson.

"I went out hard and tried to hold on and maintain the lead," DeMarco, a member of the Long Island Aquatic Club, said.

Wagner finished in 2:10:45, third overall and six minutes 48 seconds in front of 2000 US Olympian Maddie Crippen. The two women battled for the first 6,000 meters before Crippen began falling steadily behind.

At 13, Joanna Thomas was the youngest swimmer in the race and finished fifth for the women and 11th overall. Her time was 2:22:03. Brenda Borgh Bartlett, a 1976 Olympian and the recent winner of the women's title at the Atlantic City Pageant Open Swim, finished 14th overall and sixth among the women.

RESULTS


MEN
1. Dan DeMarco, USA 2:01:45
2. Jan Sibberson, GER 2:08:36
3. John Gatti, USA 2:10:51
4. Harry Ein, USA 2:14:27
5. Henning Fog, USA 2:16:07
6. Steve Jackson, USA 2:18:59

WOMEN
1. Casey Wagner, USA 2:10:45
2. Maddie Crippen, USA 2:17:33
3. Julie Peterson, USA 2:21:39
4. Zibeke Swanson, USA 2:21:57
5. Joanna Thomas, USA 2:22:03
6. Brenda Borgh Bartlett, USA 2:22:30