Gaitan, Bish crowned as Semana Nautica Ocean Swimmers of the Year

Swimmers Andrea Bish and Miles Gaitan

Andrea Bish and Miles Gaitan after winning the Mullen & Henzell 1-Mile Swim.

The final results are in and Andrea Bish and Miles Gaitan have been crowned the Ocean Swimmers of the Year for the 2018 Semana Nautica Summer Sports Festival.

The Ocean Swimmers of the Year will be recognized and awarded trophies on Thursday, August 23 at Reef & Run’s post-race party. There will be live music on the beach from Robin Howe and dinner available from Los Ondas. All are welcome to attend the awards ceremony taking place around 7:30 p.m.

The Semana Nautica Ocean Swimmer of the Year is determined by a points system based on the open-water swimming races during the festival. To qualify, competitors must swim in the Mullen & Henzell 1-Mile Swim, at least one of the two 1-mile races at Reef and Run, and either the Mullen & Henzell 3-mile race or 6-mile swim.

Gaitan was dominant on his way to the title. The 18 year old bested the field in all three of his races: both the Mullen & Henzell 1- and 3-mile swims and the Reef & Run 1-Mile swim on July 5. Matt Treadway was second in the standings after recording top-3 finishes in three races including a victory at Reef & Run on June 28.

Bish, at 15 years old, is the youngest athlete to win the Ocean Swimmer of the Year competition. She started out by winning the Mullen & Henzell 1-Mile Swim and clinched the title by locking in second-place results at the the Mullen & Henzell 3-Mile Swim and Reef & Run’s 1-mile race.

Bish held off runner-up Karen Schultz by a fingernail. In the 3-mile race, Bish finished eight seconds ahead of Schultz, a former winner of the Ocean Swimmer of the Year contest in 2015.

Overall, nine males and seven females qualified for the Ocean Swimmer of the Year standings. Matt Treadway and Schultz were runners-up. The Semana Nautica Ocean Swimmer of the Year point series was introduced in 2013. Past winners and complete standings from 2018 are below.


MALE STANDINGS


 

NAME   1-MILE REEF 3 or 6 POINTS OVERALL
Gaitan, Miles 1 1 1 3 1
Treadway, Matt 3 1 2 6 2
McAvoy, Arjun 7 5 4 16 3
Bish, John 9 8 3 20 4
Boehr, Todd 19 9 19 47 5
Wenger, Ryan 22 15 22 59 6
Kosmo, Dave 29 25 16 70 7
Castleberg, Paul 31 29 31 91 8
Perry, Robert 36 38 35 109 9

FEMALE STANDINGS


NAME   1-MILE REEF 3 or 6 POINTS OVERALL
Bish, Andrea 1 2 2 5 1
Schultz, Karen 2 1 3 6 2
Castleberg, Daniela 5 4 4 13 3
Butler-Nalin, Alethea 11 8 5 24 4
McAvoy, Hilary 14 6 9 29 5
Royer, Heather 15 7 10 32 6
Case, Emily 20 13 13 46 7

 


PAST WINNERS


2017: Taylor Steffen & Olivia Smith
2016: Chris Braden & Olivia Smith
2015: Taylor Steffen & Karen Schultz
2014: Ben Brewer & Olivia Smith
2013: Ben Brewer & Lucy Faust