April 21, 2013
Chelsea Nauta Claims Victory On A Challenging Day At The Tampa Bay Marathon Swim
April 20, 2013: Six Swimmers out of a Field of Eighteen Starters Battle Wind and Waves to Complete a 24 Mile Swim of the Length of Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay, Florida - Tampa native Chelsea Nauta was able to fight through swells and a strong headwind to become the Overall Champion at the 16th Annual Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. The three-time FHSAA Swimmer of the Year and USA National Team member was able to finish the swim in 10 hours, 7 minutes to hold off Olympian Brooke Bennett who finished only 4 minutes later.
The Men's Champion was Chris Burke, 51 of St. Petersburg, FL, who completed the course in 12 hours, 16 minutes. He was able to out-duel his friend and training partner, Dr. Mark Smitherman of Clearwater, FL who came to the finish line in 12 hours, 33 minutes. One relay team of six swimmers turned in the quickest time of the day, posting a time of 10 hours, 2 minutes. Starting at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and ending on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa, the race was held on Saturday, April 20th in celebration of Earth Day and the revitalization of Florida's largest estuary.
10 hours, 7 minutes -
Chelsea Nauta, 24F, Brandon, FL
10 hours, 11 minutes - Brooke Bennett, 32F, Clearwater, FL
12 hours, 16 minutes - Chris Burke, 51M, St. Petersburg, FL
12 hours, 33 minutes - Mark Smitherman, 55M, Clearwater, FL
13 hours, 37 minutes - Sergio Salamone, 45M, Buenos Aires, Argentina
14 hours, 37 minutes - Ann von Spiegelfeld, 51F, Tampa, FL
SOURCE: Distance Matters, Inc.