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Chelsea Nauta Claims Victory At Tampa Bay Marathon
Six swimmers out of a field of eighteen starters battle wind and waves
to complete the 24-mile swim of the length of Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay, Florida,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, NC State of Mind, 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.

Official Results

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

10 hours, 2 minutes - NC State of Mind Relay Team
Patrick Woodruff, 29M, Durham, NC
Kelly Woodruff, 27F, San Diego, CA
Mary Robbins, 28F, Durham, NC
Greg Sanchez, 55M, Cary, NC
Jack Roney, 25M, Fuquay-Varina, NC
Sarah Sanchez, 15F, Cary, NC

Since this event was first staged in 1998, it has drawn competitors from
across the United States, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Australia,
Japan, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Canada, and the
Cayman Islands.  The Tampa Bay Marathon Swim is possible because of the conservation efforts of people like the Earth Day Network.