Carolina Aquatics 16-year-old Seth Kurtz wins 39th annual 12.5-mile Swim Around Key West

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.

The top finishers in each class are available here. 

You can find further results, plus results from previous years, on the Swim Around Key West website by following this link.

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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career of almost two decades wasn’t enough for this Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for, covering swimming at every level. He’s an …

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