Sam Alvarado completed the Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim sweep on Saturday, finishing first in the 500 yard swim and the 1.5 mile swim. Alvarado completed the 500 yard swim in 5:31.57, just ahead of Talor Hamilton and Brim Peabody, who finished in 5:41.72 and 5:43.74 respectively. Kristy Barry was the first female to finish with a time of 6:56.07. In all 34 swimmers completed the 500 yard swim.
Shortly after the completion of the 500 yard swim 41 individuals started the 1.5 mile swim. Brim Peabody, Camden Holmes and Miriam Nelson followed Alvarado as the only swimmers to complete the swim in under 40 minutes. Peabody finished in 34:14.16, Holmes in 34:16.43 and Nelson, the first female to finish, came in at 39:07.57. Three teams of 2 swam the 2 lap race as a relay. Riley Satterfield and Claire Pellegrino finished first in a time of 43:40.93.
The Echo Lake Swim was started in 1995 by YMCA member and Master’s swimmer Bill Reeve as an informal gathering of Master swimmers who enjoyed swimming outdoors. 16 swimmers completed the inaugural swim. Since that time the swim has developed into one of the larger open water events in Maine with swimmers of all ages, from all over the state completing the challenge. In 2008 the YMCA named the swim after Bill Reeve.
This year’s event was sponsored by: