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Saturday, June 22, 2013
Enjoying The Seal Beach Rough Water Swim
It borders on the Pacific Ocean. It is within eye shot of the Catalina Channel. It requires swimming lessons for all elementary school students. It has been the birth place of numerous American aquatic Olympic athletes from swimmers and water polo players to rowers. Its beach has been the site of 44 Seal Beach Rough Water Swim and several national open water swimming championship races.
But not everyone came from the neighboring ocean communities to swim in Seal Beach.
Members of the Indian Wells Valley Swim Team in Ridgecrest, located near the mountain ranges of California, traveled a long distance to compete in the Seal Beach event.
Becca Williams (16th in 1-mile race in 22:53), Greg Williams (11th overall in 1-mile race in 21:09, Jennifer Williams (4th in age group in 30:32 in 1-mile race), Sophie Hoffmann (5th in age group in 18:53 in 1200-yard race), and Gracie Williams (7th in age group in 15:15 in 800-yard race) came down from the high altitude of Ridgecrest to enjoy the cool ocean waters of the Pacific.
By the smiles on their faces, their competitive spirit, and their ability to navigate through the ocean surf, the quintet from Ridgecrest did not seem at all out of their element.
Photos of the start of the Seal Beach Rough Water Swims and Indian Wells Valley Swim Team members by Ray Hoffmann.
Copyright © 2013 by Open Water Swimming
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