AUSTRALIA’S JOHN VAN WISSE WINS 19TH ANNUAL MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM
Posted online: Saturday, 17 June 2000
|NEW YORK, N.Y., June 17, 2000 - John van Wisse, a 27-year-old swimming coach from Springdale, Victoria, Australia today won the 19th annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS). His time for the 28.5 mile course was 7 hours, 53 minutes, 48 seconds (7:53:48). It was his first attempt at the swim. He received the Gallagher Cup, named for MIMS founder Drury Gallagher. "I was very pleased with my swim," said van Wisse. "The water, which was about 67 degrees, was very clean. The Current was swift and I really enjoyed it. It's a great way to see New York."|
Van Wisse and 34 other individual swimmers, a record number, along with two six-person relay teams, began the race at Gangway 6 on the Hudson River side of Battery Park at the tip of lower Manhattan. They took a counterclockwise, Tide-assisted route around Manhattan, going up the East River, through the Harlem River to the northern tip of Manhattan, and down the Hudson River back to Battery Park. This year's swimmers represented nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia, as well as Australia and the United Kingdom. In second place overall and first among women, only three seconds behind van Wisse, was Bronwen Whitehead, 21, a student from St. Ives, Australia, with a time of 7:53:51. Finishing in third, fourth and fifth place were Jack Thomas, 28, Ft. Myers, Florida, with a time of 7:56:34; Barbara Pellik, 35, Eaton Australia, at 8:15:50; and Marcy McDonald, 36, Andover, Connecticut, with a time of 8:20:54. One relay team, the Fairfax Six-Pack, finished at 7:49:42, while the other, the Royal Air Force, finished at 8:07:13.
The official results of the swim are as listed below.
1. John van Wisse, Victoria, Australia, 7:53:48
2. Bronwen Whitehead, St. Ives, Australia, 7:53:51
3. Jack Thomas, Ft. Myers, FL, 7:56:34
4. Barbara Pellik, Eaton, Australia, 8:15:50
5. Marcy McDonald, Andover, CT, 8:20:54
6. Christena Pazos, Bay Harbor, FL 8:26:31
7. David Blanke, Dallas, TX, 8:30:00
8. Ross Reichard, Dallas, TX, 8:31:53
9. Scott Lautman, Seattle, WA, 8:36:30
10. Rick Walker, Sarasota, FL, 8:38:49
11. David Parcells, Madison, CT, 8:39:53
12. Iracema Leroi, Baltimore, MD, 8:41:43
13. Michelle Davidson, Ocean Grove, NJ, 8:44:40
14. Meryem Tangoren, New York, NY, 8:45:01
15. Jane Solomon, Somerset, England, 8:49:01
16. Richard Flambard, Jersey, England, 8:54:16
17. Trevor Down, Cambridgeshire, England, 8:56:08
18. Matthew Davis, New York, NY, 8:58:53
19. Nancy Steadman-Martin, Oceanport, NJ, 9:03:18
20. Dennis Dressel, Wallingford, CT, 9:03:25
21. Henry Eckstein, New York, NY, 9:03:58
22. David Strasburg, Charlottesville, VA, 9:05:12
23. Alison Streeter, Surrey, England, 9:05:39
24. Teresa Skilton, Wiltshire, England, 9:07:58
25. Susan Wilkinson, Fairfax, VA, 9:16:14
26. Craig Kandell, New York, NY, 9:18:33
27. David Cometson, Oxford, England, 9:32:38
28. Nick Olmos-lau, Washington, D.C.., 9:40:14
29. Jeanne Coon, Morristown, NJ, 9:45:11
1. The Fairfax Six-Pack,7:49:12
2. The Royal Air Force,8:07:13
Six individual swimmers, including Chrissie Evans, Rodney Gallagher, Stephen Junk, Michael Mcdermott, Rex Painter, and Stephen Wargo were forced to retire early from the race.
MIMS is sponsored by the Manhattan Island Foundation (MIF), in conjunction with Hudson River Park Trust, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Battery Park City Parks, WestGlen Communications and corporate sponsor D'Agostino Supermarkets.
It is organized by MIF, which year makes a donation to help the Learn to Swim Program establish and expand swimming programs for children across New York City, and to rehabilitate swimming pools. More than $100,000 has been donated so far.
More information about MIMS and MIF, including history, past results and this year's race, can be found at nycswim.org.