Warkentin works through winter-like 3-mile

Mark Warkentin was tops in the 2010 Semana Nautica 3-mile swim. (Presidio Sports Photo)

Olympian Mark Warkentin made it a clean sweep in the Semana Nautica 1-mile and 3-mile open-water swims this weekend, finishing off the 3-mile in 58 minutes and six seconds on Sunday morning.

The water temperature dropped considerably from Saturday to Sunday, making for slower times. The reading on Saturday was 63 degrees but fell all the way to a winter-like 58 degrees on Sunday.

“It’s probably the coldest I’ve ever swam in for that long of a race,” Warkentin said.


Mike Shaffer and Jim McConica followed Warkentin, with Shaffer only 26 seconds off the winning pace.

Top women’s finisher was “Moose” Warren, a member of the UCSB triathlon team. Warren’s time of 1:07.35 was good for 11th overall.

Warkentin also won Saturday’s 1-mile swim.

Story by Presidio Sports