Recap of 2019 Lake of the Woods Swims


Lake of the Woods - Swimmers milling around before the Start of the 1500

Lake of the Woods – Swimmers milling around before the Start of the 1500

First of all, thank you to all of those who volunteered to kayak for safety.  Without you all, we couldn’t have pulled off another successful year of this event!  Secondly, congratulations to all of you who were able to swim one or both of the events, especially those of you who did an open water swim for the first time.  There were a number of swimmers who did their first open water swim ever.  There were also a number of Grants Pass YMCA swimmers (GPY) who did their first open water swim.  I love it!  I hope everyone enjoyed it and will come back next year!!

And another huge THANK YOU to Jan and Larry Hildebrandt for offering up their cabin after the event and providing an amazing spread of food and beverages like they did last year.  You all are awesome!

The 3000m swim in the morning had 18 swimmers and was an amazing 3-way race the entire swim between Christian Tujo (COMA), Stacey Keifer (COMA) and Matt Osborn (SOMA).  Less than 2 seconds separated 1st from 3rd.  What a finish!!!  Congratulations to Chris Tujo on the overall win and to Stacey Keifer for the win on the women’s side.

Tight race coming around the first 1500 lap in the 3000m swim

Tight race coming around the first 1500 lap in the 3000m swim

29 Swimmers start the 1500m swim at Lake of the Woods

29 Swimmers start the 1500m swim at Lake of the Woods

The 1500m swim saw a larger field of 29 swimmers take to the water, with quite a few swimmers new to the open water.  I managed to take the overall win and was followed by Stacey Keifer who finished 2nd overall.

Full results of the swims can be found here:

3000 meter:  https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=194119

1500 meter:  https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=194120

This event gets good feedback from the open water community so we will continue to do it.  I hope to

see you all there next year!!

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