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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

When Open Water Icons Meet In New York

Photo © Marco Chiesa, Manhattan Island, New York. Results © NYC Swim.

Looking back in the archives of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS), there were a number of renowned swimmers competing in the June 12th 1999 race:

*5-time winner and 7-time world professional marathon swimming champion Shelley Taylor-Smith was serving as a partner swimmer for blind swimmer James Pitter as well as 1997 victor Tammy van Wisse and 2-time winner Susie Maroney.

Taylor-Smith, Pittar and Maroney are all Honour Swimmers in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) while Van Wisse holds numerous marathon records. But the eventual winner was another 25 km world champion Tobie Smith of Texas. Additionally, eventual 21-time MIMS finisher Kristian Rutford and IMSHOF Honour Swimmers Dr. Marcella MacDonald, Sally Minty-Gravett, Alison Streeter also competed.

1999 MIMS Finishers:
1. Tobie Smith (25) 6:32:41
2. Tammy van Wisse (30) 6:51:31
3. Robert Copeland (42) 6:52:49
4. Kristian Rutford (39) 7:10:24
5. David Blanke (39) 7:10:55
6. Dr. Marcella MacDonald (35) 7:13:04
7. David Boudreau (40) 7:15:13
8. Susie Maroney (24) 7:15:59
9. Sally Minty-Gravett (41) 7:19:56
10. Alison Streeter (34) 7:20:18
11. Mark Lohnes (33) 7:28:25
12. Yoshihio Tsukada (31) 7:29:16
13. Michael Ross (51) 7:30:32
14. Vince Herring (56) 7:31:22
15. Kathleen Wilson (36) 7:37:20
16. Nick Olmos-Lau (53) 7:38:05
17. Henry Eckstein (51) 7:38:43
18. Craig Kandell (38) 7:44:56
19. Paul Lewis (38) 7:46:32
20. Alison Horsfall (25) 7:46:55
21. John Langton, Jr. (32) 7:48:50
22. Tim Lawrence (33) 7:51:07
23. James Pitter (28) 7:53:55
24. Lee Sowter (23) 7:56:47
25. Klaus Stutzer (55) 7:57:38
26. Mark Blewitt (32) 8:10:02
27. John Coningham-Rolls (36) 8:21:50
28. Michael Welsch (40) 9:50:13

Tobie Smith was photographed by Marco Chiesa after winning the 1999 race and holding the Gallagher Cup.

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