Contributed by Charlotte Brynn, NE-LMSC Open Water Chair
USMS OWN Ultra Marathon - 10 Mile
- 4:10:03 James Biles 55 Cedarburg, WI
- 4:10:40 Stephen Rouch 36 Indianapolis, IN
- 4:22:32 Guy Davis 57 North Hampton, NH
New England Age Group Highlights - Male
In the 35 - 39 age group, Anuj Sampat of Waltham, MA, grabbed third in 6:22:02.
Christopher Graefe of Jamaica Plain, MA won the 40-44 age group with a time of 4:24:14, narrowly missing the overall podium. He was followed by Willy Blumentals of Sudbury, MA, in 6:46:35.
In the 45-49 age group, John Langton of Lynnfield, MA placed second, in a time of 4:52.01. Talbot Crowell from Lexington, MA was fifth in 6:15:22.
The 55-59 age group was the most competitive division, with James Biles winning the National Championship in a time of 4:10.03. He was also the overall 10 mile event winner. Hot on his heels was Guy Davis of Great Bay Masters, from North Hampton, NH, throwing down a strong swim to take second place in a time of 4:22.32, and the 3rd fastest time on the 10 mile course. Frederick Hirsch of Hull, MA, and Gregory Gomez of Newtonville, MA, finished 5th and 6th, respectively.
A strong New England presence was felt in the 60-64 age group, with Westley Richards of Windham, MA taking 2nd place in a time of 5:35.72, and Brian Mc Laughlin of Nashua, NH taking 3rd place in a time of 5:38.13. Brian is also a leading Go The Distance Swimmer.
- 4:25:32 Laurie Hug 51 Ambler, PA
- 4:26:17 Nancy Steadman Martin 62 Oceanport, NJ
- 4:29:08 Shirley Loftus-Charley 64 Afton, VA
New England Age Group Highlights - Female
Jenny Wolf of Concord, MA was third in the 30-34 age group, finishing in 5:16:50.
In the 35-39 age group, Mina Elnaccash of Somerville, MA was sixth in 7:01:33.
In the 45-49 year age group, Theresa Peck of Plymouth, NH placed third in a time of 5:57.48.
In the 50-54 year age group, Martha Wood of Manchester, NH, finished second in a time of 4:45.11, and Sheryl Scott of Pelham, MA took third in a time of 5:23.32.
Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the 2016 10+ mile OWN. It was terrific to see so many NE-LMSC swimmers challenge themselves to this National Open Water event.