My husband Peter Crilly and swim buddy Jonathan Kagan, swimmers with the masters swimmer’s group at the U.S. Naval Academy, both swam the Chesapeake Bay Swim for the first time and they both made it across! They’ve been training hard for the past month. Congratulations to a job well done. The longest open water swim Peter had previously done was a mere two miles and the Bay is 4.4 miles across, between the twin spans of the Bay Bridge where the approximately 650 swimmers crossed this morning. The first wave of swimmers set out at approximately 11:00 a.m.
It took Peter 3 hours to swim to the other side. He was ecstatic to have made it because he was definitely feeling tired the last mile. Someone who has taken up swimming later in life (he’s the guy with the beard) in his high school days he was a track star and excelled at endurance. He still has a lot of endurance!
All swimmers were accounted for and lots of money was raised for a variety of charities that include the March of Dimes Maryland Chapter
The National Aquarium, Bay Restoration Project ,The Chesapeake Bay Foundation ,The Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Association ,CRAB- Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Way to go swimmers!