Shirley Loftus-Charley sets course record to win the 2nd Annual Lake Moomaw Swim
Covington, VA — August 2, 2014
United States Masters swimming phenom Shirley Loftus-Charley, 62, of Afton, Virginia claimed the overall title and set a new course record in the 2nd annual 1-mile open water swim at Lake Moomaw in Alleghany County, Virginia. The former Indiana University swimmer and current USMS record holder finished in 20:03.46, finishing just a few strokes ahead of men’s champion Todd Bassett, 49, of Richmond, who finished in 20:06.52.
The 9am race featured a field of 55 competitors who enjoyed ideal conditions: partly cloudy skies, a water temperature of 77 degrees and an air temperature of 68 degrees, and the majestic peaks of the Alleghenies as a backdrop.
The event started on the beach at Cole’s Point, and participants swam toward Gathright Dam at the southern end of Lake Moomaw. The event was made possible by a partnership between the Virginia Masters Swim Team, the Alleghany-Highlands Chamber of Commerce in Covington, and the Westvaco water rescue team.