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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sean Doolittle Wins 9th Annual Tampa Bay Frogman Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Sean Doolittle, a 15-year-old middle distance freestyler from St. Petersburg, defended his title at the 9th Annual Tampa Bay Frogman Swim in Tampa Bay, Florida.

After swimming a little over an hour in a charity swim for the Navy SEAL Foundation, the son of a Navy SEAL took off fast in the flat water conditions and kept up the pace in the 53-55°F water until his final sprint up the beach.

He and his brother Ryan raised over US$6,400 that added to this year's proceeds of a little over US$600,000 among 175 participants - a huge amount of the 9th annual charity event that opened up with a solemn ceremony [see below]:

Top 20 Highest Grossing Charity Swims
1. Maryland State Police Polar Bear Swim - US$2.01 million
2. St. Vincent's Foundation Swim Across the Sound - US$2.0 million
3. 2011 Swim Across America Long Island Sound - US$1.245 million
4. Nighttrain228 - US$1.2 million
5. 2012 Swim Across America Long Island Sound - US$1.118 million
6. 2014 Swim Across America Long Island Sound - US$1.105 million
7. 2005 Swim Across America Long Island Sound - US$1.067 million
8. 2006 Swim Across America Long Island Sound - US$1.065 million
9. 2010 Swim Across America Long Island Sound - US$1.038 million
10. 2007 Swim Across America Long Island Sound - US$1,032 million
11. 2013 Swim Across America Long Island Sound - US$986,000
12. 2004 Swim Across America Long Island Sound - US$936,000
13. 2008 Swim Across America Long Island Sound - US$917,000
14. 2016 New Amsterdam City Swim - US$673,000
15. 2018 Tampa Bay Frogman Swim - US$600,000+
16. 2017 Tampa Bay Frogman Swim - US$600,000+
17. 2015 Mighty Mac Swim - US$432,000
18. 2015 Tampa Bay Frogman Swim - US$400,000+
19. A Long Swim Team - US$320,000+
20. 2016 OceanFit - US$308,800

Doolittle's progress throughout the entire course was tracked at the finish on a large jumbotron screen that was very helpful for the announcer and spectators to understand his position on the course:

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