Two Finish First in Age Group & 1 Top 10 Finish Overall
Braving 60-degree water temperatures, eight Rockford-area swimmers recently completed the 1.5-mile Alcatraz Sharkfest. Seven of the eight swimmers are part of the YMCA of Rock River Valley Masters Swim Team. The Y’s Masters Swim Team is a competitive team for swimmers over the age of 18.
The Alcatraz Sharkfest took place on June 4. Swimmers cross the San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz Island to the Aquatic Park in San Francisco – the same swim the Anglin Brothers and Frank Lee Morris successfully attempted in their escape from Alcatraz on the night of June 12, 1962.
Nearly 900 swimmers competed in the event. We are proud of our swimmers – with two coming in first in their age group and a top-ten overall finish.
Name Overall Finish Time Age Group Age Group Finish
Edward O'Neil 10 33:17 25-29 1
Bob Genis 46 34:23 50-54 2
Mike Hahn 58 35:04 45-49 5
John Rundquist 76 35:24 55-59 4
Leslie Ciaccio 91 36:14 50-54 1
Chris Hoffman 162 38:36 45-49 13
Carrie Stralow 427 45:49 40-44 13
Brad VanderHeyden* 606 56:03 55-59 43
*VanderHeyden is not a member of the Masters Swim Team, but joined the group for the event.