Maho-to-Hawksnest swim events attract 125

Powerswim2005Virgin Islands national team swimmers were the top three finishers in last weekend’s Beach to Beach Power Swim sponsored by the Friends of the Virgin islands National Park. Kieran Locke, 21, of St. Croix completed the 3 1/2 mile course from Maho Bay to Hawksnest along the north shore beaches in 1:11:42, well below last year’s winning time of 1:21:15. Other national team swimmers placing second and third were Josh Laban and Morgan Locke, both of St. Croix.  (Click onthe photo to see a larger picture.)

The Long Course-female race was won by Kathleen Laseter of St. John with a time of 1:44:15. The awards ceremony and barbecue at Oppenheimer Beach was hosted by Skinny Legs’ restaurant and owner Mo Chabuz. Funds raised by the event will help support the Park Service’s Learn to Swim program and the REEF Fish Count.

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