A 16-year-old from St Croix, Annie Myrvang, was the first place finisher in the 4th annual Beach to Beach Power Swim. She also won the event last year. Myrvang completed the 3.5 mile swim from Maho Bay to Hawksnest Bay in 1 hour 20 minutes. Her average speed in the water: 2.62 miles an hour.
Dave Nielsam from St. Thomas finished second with a time of 1:21:10. The third place finisher was Barb Crowder from California with a time of 1:22:10. There were 142 competitors in this year’s event which included courses for solo swimmers as well as relay teams.
Conditions for this year’s Power Swim were a little rougher than in past years. Joe Kessler, president of the Friends of the VI National Park, the organizer of the event, said there was a light surf which "made it more challenging this year." Sponsors included Alfredo’s Landscaping, Scotia Bank, and Mongoose Junction.
Here’s a link to the complete results: http://www.friendsvinp.org/swim/07_results.pdf