Bradley Phillips sets course record to win the Chris Greene Lake 2-Mile Cable Swim
UVA swimmer eclipses standard that had stood for 25 years
July 14, 2013
Defending champion Bradley Phillips took advantage of ideal conditions to set a new course record in the 37th annual 2-mile cable swim at Chris Greene Lake. The University of Virginia swimmer, the 2013 ACC champion in the 500 yd freestyle, surged into the history books on Saturday morning. The 8:30am race featured a field of 77 competitors who enjoyed partly cloudy skies, a light breeze, and water and air temperature both around 78 degrees. Phillips, 21, crossed the finish line in 38:25.18, breaking James Kegley’s 1988 gold standard by seven seconds. His performance now represents the fastest time ever recorded in a sanctioned 2-mile cable swim.
In the women’s 2-mile event, Kate Stephensen, 23, prevailed in 42:34.72, claiming her first title, while Andrea Hunt, 65, set a national record of 57:12.63, breaking the former record by 3 minutes to win the 65-69 age bracket.
The 10:30am 1-mile cable swim consisted of a field of 94 finishers. Jen Stringer, 37, from Raleigh, NC, took the women’s crown in 22:49.33, a new course record for women 35-39, while Charlottesvillian Rob Jones, 48, was the male winner in 21:31.76, a new course record for men 45-49. Other course records were established by Alice Phillips, 47, Patricia Miller, 52, Sean Stringer, 37, Mark Loftis, 53, and Jim McFarland, 55.
The record-breaking swims took place at Chris Greene Lake in Charlottesville at the annual event hosted by Virginia Masters Swim Team. Athletes of all ages have been competing in the 2-mile cable swim on the second Saturday in July every year since 1977. Participants swim beside a “cable”, a series of nylon ropes that are installed each year by staff from Albemarle County Parks and Recreation. The ¼ mile distance runs in a straight line between two permanent wooden pylons and was found to be within an inch of 440 yards when surveyed a few years ago, allowing the races to be eligible for national records.
The complete results have been uploaded to our website; check out the CGL page to see the updated list of course records and top swimmers. We have also created a photo set on our Flickr site, please email me if you have any pictures you’d like to share.