Warkentin works through winter-like 3-mile

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.

Mark Warkentin is happy to be out of the suddenly chilly East Beach ocean after Sunday's 3-mile open-water swim.

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.