2014 Ladrigan Memorial Swim Races & Family Fun Day
It really was one for the ages – beautiful blue sky, full beach of spectators and 35 swimmers ready for the warm, calm L.I. Sound waters and the mile long race ahead of them. There were many newcomers and many veterans. This year’s Ladrigan Memorial Swim Races and Family Fun Day has gotten some really great feedback and continues to be a “not to be missed” Rowayton event. The Rowayton Civic Association is pleased to continue to sponsor this yearly tradition. Thank you for coming out and participating!
Newcomer Mark Forese, with a time of 25:20 minutes, took first place in the Lighthouse Race. Glenn Houck finished second at 25:40 minutes and third place was incredibly close with Meg Schwanhausser just nosing out Olivia Haskell with a time of 29:00 minutes flat. Great to see some new and some familiar names – congratulations to all the winners and to all of the swimmers!
The Buoy Race for the younger set, 14 & Under, was also very close with John Barsonti with a time of 7:38 narrowly beat Jeff McKee 2nd, and Ethan Keyes 3rd, with each of the three finishing a second behind the other. The 15 & Over group represented themselves very well, with Cameron Letters winning with a time 11:32, followed by Erin Berry with a time of 13:50 and Danielle Holmes in third with a time of 13:51.
As you know if you have been to the event, not all the action is in the water. On the sand, it can get messy with both the Egg Toss, which had one of the largest number of tossers we have ever seen, and the Pie Eating Contest. And news flash…the Boys’ Team finally won the Tug of War!
As with all the events, the RCA loves to put on, the Swim Race continues to rely on the dedication and help of many volunteers both the day of and behind the scenes. We would like to thank all of our supporters and volunteers who made this such a great event including: Sergeant Lepak at Norwalk Marine Police, Captain Keane at the Norton Fire Department, Mike Barbis, Ted and Kerry McFarlin, Charlie Keyes, Sara and Bill Klein, Kathleen and Duke Keegan, Hugh and Theo Kelly, Tim Gaylord, Bill Cliff, Piet Marks, Gail Jaques, Chris Hussey, Jim Hogan, Marc Laibe, Helene Bartilucci and our fellow RCA Board members Sam Woodruff, Rich Van Steen and Patrick Steele.