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Monday, July 21, 2014

Swimmers Are Bullish On A Bear Of A Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Like the famed Loch Ness in Scotland and Lake Memphremagog that stretching from Quebec, Canada to Vermont, USA, legend has it that there is a monster of sorts that lives in Bear Lake, located on the border of Utah and Idaho.

Monster or not, the swimmers in the annual 7-mile Bear Lake Monster Swim performed well and safely completed the swim.

Gordon Gridley explains, "Bear Lake could be considered a twin of the well-known Lake Tahoe in many ways. This year's winner, Deni Cullom smashed the record with a time of 2 hours 19 minutes.

There were 21 new soloists this year. That is pretty impressive considering there were only 39 people having ever swam the width of Bear Lake before this year's race

Unassisted Solo Swimmers Results:

1. Deni Cullom (22) 2:19:47.01
2. Chelsea Carmichael (27) 2:26:17.68
3. Dominique Maack 2:37:13.10
4. William Reeves (61) 2:51:07.15
5. Tori Geller (15) 3:01:48.00
6. Kimberly Howe (33) 3:09:13.58
7. Lisa Gentile (49) 3:11:10.90
8. Theodore Pollock (26) 3:11:25.90
9. Jason Coyle (38) 3:11:44.27
10. Joseph Scott (35) 3:13:26.20
11. Justin Stewart (40) 3:18:03.32
12. Charles Doane (31) 3:18:44.95
13. Joelle Beard (26) 3:20:54.09
14. Jennifer Giebel (39) 3:33:08.74
15. Sarah Jones (35) 3:36:44.87
16. Miles Pomeroy (32) 3:43:19.34
17. Stacey Schluckebier (24) 3:43:59.55
18. Gay-Lynn Tangdit (45) 4:37:19.58

Assisted Solo Swimmers Results:

1. Chad Hodo (41) 2:59:34.08
2. Nate Cox (40) 3:14:46.65
3. Jeff Hansen (59) 3:22:40.15
4. Mark Oligschlaeger (44) 3:25:47.62
5. McKenzie Thomsen (20) 4:02:29.97
6. Amy Tingley (40) 4:47:39.44
7. James Hubbard (63) 5:23:06.98

Unassisted Relay Team Results:

1. Monstars 3:05:26.05
2. Kraken 3:11:39.01
3. The TSU's 3:12:47.11
4. The Red Rockets 3:52:17.68
5. Madazil 3:58:04.85

Assisted Relay Team Results:

1. CCAT Attack 2:54:52.50
2. 1989 Cougar Polo 3:27:48.12
3. Team Shark Bait 3:29:50.18
4. Todd n Sue 4:21:58.96
5. Team SamLouKy 5:18:10.52

Upper photo shows Deni Cullom after setting the record. Lower photo shows McKenzie Thomsen making her open water swimming debut in the beautiful Bear Lake.

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