The 12.5-mile open water “Swim Around Key West” event entered its 39th season over the weekend in Florida, with South Carolina 16-year-old Seth Kurtz taking home the win.
Kurtz made the long haul to Key West, Florida with three of his teammates at Carolina Aquatics, and wound up winning a race over two decades older than he is.
His time of 4:20:59 was enough to beat defending champ Eric Sullivan by just over five minutes. The 49-year-old Sullivan is a Bay Harbor Islands, Florida citizen, and went 4:26:00. Reno, Nevada’s David Brancamp was third in 4:42:00.
The winner on the women’s side also boasted youth; Panama City Beach, Florida’s Victoria Hove was 4:37:20 to win her class at age 21.
Hove was followed by 32-year-old Morgan Chaffin of Elkhorn, Nebraska, about 10 minutes back in 4:47:25. Third went to Heather Camargo, a Hollywood, Florida 43-year-old, who went 4:58:10.
The race, as its name suggests, swims around the island of Key West, cutting through canals and under bridges over its 12.5-mile route.
You can find further results, plus results from previous years, on the Swim Around Key West website by following this link.