Story courtesy of Winstons Crooke

(Oualie Beach, Nevis) – The Bente Weber memorial cross-channel swim celebrated its sixth year on Sunday, March 23. A record 68 swimmers, including an eight-man team from Antigua, took to the water at Oualie Beach Bay. With two support boats and a flotilla of 32 sea kayakers, this annual event was a sight to behold as they departed for the 2.5-mile (4 km) swim to St Kitts. The large field of swimmers and kayakers was made up of students from the Ross University of St Kitts, with others from the nursing school, plus a number of visitors who had come just for the challenge of the swim.

The women really dominated this year’s event, with only three men in the top 10.

The race portion was won overall by Kimberely Routh in a time of 1:12:00.

Keren Sandoval-Valentine of Team Antigua was the first male finisher, coming in 4th overall with a time of 1:14:30.

This event was a huge success with all but a few completing the swim in very impressive times, but the record of 1:06: 47 set by Quincy De Feber of SXM remained untouched. We wish to thank Carib Breweries and Reggae beach bar for their sponsorship of this years swim.

Donations will be made to The Pink Lily breast cancer foundation and PAWS animal welfare group.

RESULTS

POSITION     NAME                                    TIME

1st female        Kimberley Routh                     1:12:00

2nd female       Laura Axiah                             1:13:00

3rd female       Dre Edge                                 1:14:10

4 (1st male)     Keren Sandoval-Valentine       1:14:30

5                      Stephanie Bachman                 1:15:40

6                      Rebekah Tyre                          1:16:00

7 (2nd male)    Richard Brown                        1:17:16

8 (3rd male)     Franklin Noguera                    1:17:44

9                      Allyson Hakala                        1:18:47

10                    Danielle Hendren                    1:19:37

11                    Arielle Martone                       1:21:03

12                    D’ann Boal                             1:21:33

13                    Orel Jeffrey                             1:21:50

14                    Sue Quigley                            1:21:60

15                    Larry Regan                            1:22:22

16                    Catherine Newman                  1:22:47

17                                                                    1:23:39

18                                                                    1:24:09

19                    Casey English                         1:24:22

20                    Jill Frost                                  1:24:36

21                    Kristen Jones                          1:24:40

22                    Tom Dutton                             1:24:41

23                    Sarah Stapleton                       1:26:39

24                    Brandon Bartholme                 1:26:53

25                    Amanda Young                        1:28:45

26                    Thierry Beths                          1:30:31

27                    Eric Gifford                             1:33:20

28                    A. Mitchell                              1:34:00

29                    Jared Piper                              1:34:18

30                                                                    1:34:40

31                    Rebecca lightfoot                     1:35:35

32                    Jennifer Goudeluinas              1:37:00

33                    Phil Rose                                 1:37:31

34                    Carl  Joseph                            1:37:57

35                    Kristina Stoney                       1:38:00

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37                    Bob Muroff                             1:39:20

38                    Sydney Maas                          1:39:44

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