Chris Greene Lake Swim

John Shrum Memorial Cable Swim Recap

Three national records fall at the John Shrum Memorial Cable Swim at Chris Greene Lake

Charlottesville, VA — July 10, 2016–

Local resident Rob Jones was the overall winner in both the 2-mile and 1-mile races this past Saturday, July 9 at Chris Greene Lake, setting a new national record in the latter. Jones, 51, set a new course record for his age group in the 2-mile swim (42:49.71), then returned a short while later to grab his first-ever USMS national record in the 1-mile swim (men 50-54). His winning time of 20:46.29 sliced 46 seconds from the previous standard set in 2012. John Rogers, 54, finished as the 2-mile runner-up among the men, recording a 48:02.88. In the 1-mile event, Mark Loftis, 56, finished just behind Jones in 20:49.93, which was a new USMS national record for men 55-59 (old record 21:24.38). In the men’s competition, another course record was established by Adam Barley, 35, who recorded a 21:23.22 in the 1-mile race to win the 35-39 age group.

In the women’s 2-mile event, Shirley Loftus-Charley of Afton, 64, prevailed in 47:52:53. Loftus-Charley, competing in her 35th consecutive year at this event, won the women’s race for the second time in her career (her first came 25 years ago, when she recorded a 45:53.00 in July, 1991). Lisa Bennett, 60, finished as the women’s runner-up (50:45.53), while Marcia Barry, 67, of Roanoke, set a national record of 56:51.59, breaking Andrea Hunt’s former record by 21 seconds to win the 65-69 age bracket. In the 1-mile cable swim, Maggie Daly, 21, took the women’s crown in 23:36.63, while Loftus-Charley had to settle for runner-up in 24:13.98.

The record-breaking swims took place 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” rope provided 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.

Race directors Elizabeth Cohen and Dave Holland wish to express their thanks to the staff and volunteers from the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation, Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue, Lake Monticello Rescue, and Western Albemarle Rescue squads for making this event safe and organized. In addition, they recognize the following volunteers who gave up their weekends to make this event possible: Robin and Lily Claiborne, Alice and Brian Phillips, Heather and Tara Mackey, Michelle Kitt, Jim and Patty Miller, Ralph Jones, Abby Holland, Elizabeth Holland, Craig Charley, and Shirley Loftus-Charley.

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