New York Swimmers Take Top Positions in the Inaugural Lady Liberty Swim

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New York swimmers took the three top positions in the inaugural Lady Liberty Swim on Sunday, May 29, in New York City. Aided by clear skies and calm waters, 89 swimmers completed the 1.3 mile Hudson River course.

New York swimmers took the three top positions in the inaugural Lady Liberty Swim on Sunday, May 29. Aided by clear skies and calm waters, all 89 swimmers who entered the water completed the 1.3 mile Hudson River course.

First place overall went to Mike Rossner, 40, of New York City, with a time of 20:24. Second and third place overall went to Dan Boyle, 39, of New York City, who finished in 22:07, and Gilles Chalandon, 48, also of New York City, with a time of 22:51.

The top female finisher was Alice Gallagher, 47, of New York City, who completed the swim in 27:42. A pair of 24-year old Brooklynites, Kara Fichthorn, who finished in 28:27, and Marissa Muller, who finished in 28:45, took second and third amongst women.

Far Hills, New Jersey resident Paul Kiell was the swim’s oldest competitor. The 74-year old completed the course in 31:23, good for a 32nd place finish overall, 27th in the Men’s division.

The 1.3 mile course started at Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 at Christopher Street, and finished at the North Cove Yacht Harbor, Battery Park City. The water temperature was 58 degrees with currents running at 1.4 knots. Swimmers represented Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bronx, the states of New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as Brazil and Japan.

The Lady Liberty Swim is organized and sponsored by the Manhattan Island Foundation (MIF), Hudson River Park Trust, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Battery Park City Parks Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Proceeds from the swim benefit the Parks & Recreation Learn to Swim program, which helps establish swimming programs for children as well as rehabilitate swimming pools. MIF has donated more than $100,000 to the Learn to Swim program. This year MIF's slate of swimming events includes: the Lady Liberty Swim, NYC Aquathlon: Stars & Stripes, the Around Governor’s Island Swim, the Cove-to-Cove Swim, the Race for the River, the Park-to-Park One Miler and the Little Red Lighthouse 5-Miler. MIF’s cornerstone event is the annual 28.5 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. In addition, MIF is offering Open Water Swim clinics to help prepare swimmers for their first or fastest open water finish.

More information about MIF, the Lady Liberty Swim including the full list of swim results, can be found at http://www.nycswim.org.

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