Starting on a good note we are now starting to track Lake swim records (One crossing over and back). We have done a soft opening with the Meisenheimers going in order of speed each swimming it on their own. The progression of Official Lake Swim records is as follows Jacquie 25;14, Maximus 21:23, Lucky 15:15 D, Jake 14:11 D and John VII, the current overall record holder, 12:58.0 (yes this was over and back. His split over was 6:07 and he also lost on the way back).
So what this means is that we will be starting to track lake swim records now. Next week, I should have the record board up on the website and open for business. We will be tracking the following records (1K swim records only) From dock to dock you must start and finish touching both docks (Luckys dock you must touch the first piling. There will be a time clock mounted on the dock. This will be the official timer – no personal watch times or clocks. You must have a 100K club member present to certify the time and three must be present to certify any time Ron says he does. Times will be listed in age groups and by sex. Age groups will be (Open Division – the fastest regardless of age) 10 & under (must be accompanied by an adult) 11 &12 (must be accompanied by an adult), 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, 100 + Dog record and Duck record. We will also track the open dark swim record (currently 14:11) To count as a dark swim the first buoy must not be visible from the dock. Swims must be done without the aid of floatation devices, wetsuits, snorkels or fins ( you can tow a floatation device). FINA approved open water swim wear only. No water craft may accompany the swimmer to aid in guidance (unless the swimmer is blind) or drafting. Swimmers may draft off each other during the swim.
Now on a more sour note. We had two “incidents” last week where new swimmers required assistance back to the dock. Neither swimmer was capable of making it to the first buoy, and quite frankly it is uncertain that they would have made it back to the dock without help. This is incredibly worrisome. We also had an eleven year old take off swimming without a chaperon well after the start, he was noted and turned around by Lucky. I ask everyone’s help in keeping this swim safe. Please do not ask or encourage anyone to join you in the swim that is not CLEARLY capable of doing the swim. This swim is for skilled swimmers only. The following are some of my expectations of anyone attempting the swim.
1.) If you are 12 or under you must be accompanied by a chaperone (and if you are a competitive swimmer you must not swim ahead of your chaperone)
2) All swimmers need to be able to swim 4O lengths of a 25 yard pool unassisted non-stop before they attempt the swim.
3) If a new swimmer has not swam in the pool 1000 yds or in a triathlon in the last 8 weeks I want them to speak to me or Larry before they attempt the swim.
4) If a swimmer is going to build up to the swim (example just go to the first buoy) they must bring and tow a safety buoy.
We have one start time 6:30 am weekdays and 7:45am Saturdays – please no late starts as this is for safety reasons – I don’t want anyone slipping through the cracks. If a newbie sees you starting late he/she may start late without being checked out appropriately. If you are doing a late start you are violating one of the few rules we have. These are morning swims – get up earlier if you can’t make it on time.
We welcome families to bring their kids, but if you have your children with you and you are swimming then they need to have an adult with them on land. Not only do they need to be “watched” they need to be supervised. Kids also need to know who is the adult supervising them as well. Unsupervised children will be sold on eBay for an extremely low buy it now price.
Please everyone help me on this. This swim is about community, good health and exercise let’s keep the waters safe.
Now back to more fun stuff . Notes from Dave on the race: Six of our lake swimmers traveled to Siesta Key and did their open water race. Amy and Heff did the 5K. Jay, Shelley, Kaleigh and Cesar Villanueva completed the 2.5K. Amy was the fastest lake swimmer at 1:32:33.Amy went face-to-face with a very large jellyfish about ten minutes before we finished and had welts all over her face, neck and back. She nearly came completely out of the water when the jellyfish hit her, then she got a leg cramp when she recoiled from the jellyfish kiss. She was in pretty bad shape for about 30 seconds… but then finished strong! The conditions were great, especially considering that there was a tropical storm in the gulf at the time.