Brewer, Smith win ‘Ocean Swimmer of the Year’ series

Ben Brewer and Olivia Smith – the 2014 Ocean Swimmers of the Year – will receive special recognition from the Semana Nautica Association for their outstanding performances in connection with this year’s summer sports festival in Santa Barbara.

There will be an official ceremony at the Reef & Run Boat to Beach event in August.

Brewer and Smith won the Ocean Swimmer of the Year point series for being the top overall ocean-swimming competitors across multiple events at the 2014 Semana Nautica festival.  Semana Nautica established the point series in 2013 to recognize an overall Male and Female Ocean Swimmer of the Year, and Brewer is now a two-time winner.

Brewer finished first overall in three of the four races counted. Victories in the 1-mile, 3-mile and the Nite Moves 1k gave him a clear lead in the points standings.

Smith was equally as dominant, winning the 3-mile, the Nite Moves 1k and Reef & Run 1 mile.

Twelve swimmers met the criteria for Ocean Swimmer of the Year, which involved competing in at least four distance races during the two-week festival. After Brewer came Arjun McAvoy, Jim Avrea, Ryan Wenger, Dave Kosmo, Mark Urish, Dave Tanner and Roland Takayama. Alethea Butler-Nalin came in second for the women, followed by Marcie Kjoller and Danielle Lipski.

SWIMMER OF YEAR STANDINGS


MEN

NAME

BEST NM

BEST R&R

BEST 3 or 6

1 MILE

TOTAL

Ben Brewer

1

2

1

1  5

Arjun McAvoy

6

8

5

9  28

Jim Avrea

3

4

14

 20 41

Ryan Wenger

8

16

20

26  70

Dave Kosmo

22

17

13

 30  82

Mark Urish

13

15

23

32  83

Dave Tanner

53

45

26

 66 190

Roland Takayama

52

42

55

68  217

WOMEN

NAME

BEST NM

BEST R&R

BEST 3 or 6

1 MILE

TOTAL

Olivia Smith

1

1

1

2  5

Alethea Butler-Nalin

3

8

9

11  31

Marcie Kjoller

11

7

10

 8 41

Danielle Lipski

6

6

15

20  47