Biggest and Best Horsetooth Swim Ever!
by Gordon Coombes
Not bad for a 20th Anniversary. Yes this was 20th year of the Horsetooth Open Water Swim. This year, over 350 swimmers competed at various distances. The 10 Kilometer race was sold out with 85 competitors swimming the length of Horsetooth Reservoir, from the North end at Satanka Bay to the South end at South Beach. This year was especially exciting as three of the top 5 finishers were women. First place overall and in the Men’s Division was Jan Daniec from Poland with a time of 2:22:02. Second Place overall and first place in the women’s division was Kathleen West from Fort Collins with a time of 2:26:07. The Horsetooth Swim planning committee is especially proud of our own Ann Donoghue and George Thornton who supplied clean up duty at the back of the 10K pack. Not bad as Ann at age 57 was the oldest female competitor and George at an astonishing 78 was the oldest male competitor.
This year also marked the second year in a Horsetooth Swim hosted a 2.4 Collegiate competition. Four women’s team, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, Air Force Academy and Adams State, made the trek to Horsetooth Reservoir to compete in the women’s division. First place went to UNC swimmer Petra Kis with at time of 51:27. Just two seconds behind Petra, was CSU swimmer Abbey Owenby with a time of 51:29. In Third place was Grace Siebmann from CSU. University of Northern Colorado won First Place in the Team competition.
On the Men’s side. Air Force Academy fielded the only men’s team for the second year. In first place was Adam Grim with a time of 51:02. Second was Peter Lochmaier with a time of 51:08 and one second behind Peter was Wyatt Foote to take third. Hopefully next year Air Force will get some competition.
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Thank you to all the swimmers who came out for this unique endurance event. Also, thank you to our sponsors. Especially our 10K Title Sponsor Budweiser.
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