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Lake Moomaw 2019 Race Report

Rob St. Jean sets course record to win the 7th Annual Lake Moomaw Swim

Covington, VA; August 3, 2019 (report by race director Dave Holland)

Rob St. Jean of Charleston, WV, swimming for the first time at Lake Moomaw, claimed the overall title and set a new course record in the 7th annual 1-mile open water swim today.  St. Jean, a former Ohio University swimmer and current age group coach at the Charleston YMCA, finished in 19:45:00, breaking the former course record by one second (Shirley Loftus-Charley’s 19:46:00 in 2015).  Among the men, Kevin Franceschini was second (21:41:00) and Randy Dash was third (22:11:00)

On the women’s side, Kate Stephensen of Charlottesville prevailed in 21:28:00, while Loftus-Charlety was second (22:16:00) and Felicity Hicks was third in 22:30:00.  Jeanne Meredith, 91, of Virginia Beach, made history as the oldest competitor to race the course, and finished in 58:55:00.  She received her medal with thunderous applause and humbly remarked that “age has its privileges”.

The 9am race in Alleghany county, Virginia featured a field of 54 competitors who enjoyed ideal conditions:  partly cloudy skies, a water temperature of 80 degrees and an air temperature of 70 degrees, with breathtaking views of the Allegheny mountains… on every breath, of course!

The event started on the beach at Cole’s Point, and participants swam toward Gathright Dam at the southern end of Lake Moomaw in an out-and-back course.  The event was made possible by a partnership between the Virginia Masters Swim Team, the Alleghany-Highlands Chamber of Commerce in Covington, and the West Rock water rescue team.

For more information and photos from the swim, please visit: www.lakemoomawswim.com. Complete results have been uploaded to the LMSC website.

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