Gianniny nearly beats Brophy! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bruce Gianniny   
Friday, 01 October 2010 13:11

Niagara District was well represented in mid August when our contingent ventured north to Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake to compete in the annual Betsy Owens Memorial 1 and 2 mile cable swims. With one more chance to wear the infamous and now banned tech suits three individual and two relay records were established by Niagara swimmers.

Contrary to the chaos of some open water swims where more than a thousand swimmers start simultaneously in a thrashing sea of elbows and kicking feet, at the Betsy Owens heats of 10 are started at interval. There is much more order and manner as the swimmers negotiate the course marked by a submerged and suspended cable; hence the name “cable swim”.

District president Neil Brophy captured the 1st place posicle stick, winning the one mile, two lap event, ahead of fellow Niagarites Dana (2nd) and Bruce (3rd) Gianniny. All three lowered existing national records.

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