Chris Greene Lake Swim

2013 Chris Greene Lake Cable Swim Results

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

Charlottesville, VA
July 14, 2013

New course record holder Brad Phillips

New course record holder Brad Phillips

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.

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