Chris Greene Lake Swim

Meet Recap: John Shrum Memorial Cable Swims

On Saturday, June 1, almost 100 swimmers gathered at Chris Greene Lake in Charlottesville, VA, to compete in the annual 1-mile and 2-mile cable swim races. The results have been uploaded to our website, and race director Kate Stephensen gives her recap is below. Also check out the John Shrum cable swim website for updated course records and top swims.

Kate thanks all of her volunteers, but we’d like to add a big thanks to Kate herself for continuing the great tradition of cable swims at Chris Greene Lake! And congrats to all who participated this year.


In the women’s two mile Shirley Loftus-Charley was victorious in a time of 49:29.89 in her thirty-seventh consecutive competition in the race.  On the men’s side, University of Virginia sprinter Ryan Baker went the distance in a time of 41:33.50 making him the victor in both the men’s race and the overall competition.  Marcia Barry notably set new USMS National and Chris Greene Lake course records in the women’s 70-74 age group, breaking the previous record of Joanne Menard by 43 seconds.


Julie Roddin claimed the women’s title in a time of 22:37.96, a new course record in the women’s 40-44 age group. Cory Fines claimed the overall victory in a time of 22:29.00. In impressive double racing, both Shirley Loftus-Charley and Marcia Barry set both USMS National and course records in their respective age groups

Since the summer of 1977 the Chris Green Cable Swim has occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. Participants swim beside a “cable” maintained by staff from the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department. 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 racers to be eligible for national records.

Race director Kate Stephensen expresses her thanks to the staff and volunteers from Albemarle County Parks & Recreation, Charlottesville-Albemarle, Lake Monticello, and Western Albemarle Rescue Squads for ensuring safety of all participants. In addition, she would like to recognize the following volunteers who gave up their Saturdays to make this event possible: Patty Miller officiated race start and timing. Craig Charley oversaw race results with support from Amy Clobes and Melanie Brede.  Brenda Peterson managed race safety with Pete Davison of the rescue squad. The following individuals assisted with various race day duties: Ellen Shrum, Becca Latimer, Roger Peterson, Palmer Gard, Jean Byerly, Chris Frogley, and Winfrey.


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