For the second time in three years, Chantel Jeffrey broke her own age group record in breezing to victory in the 22nd edition of the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim.
The 17-year-old Victoria resident completed the 11.8-kilometre open-water swim Sunday from Penticton to Okanagan Falls in two hours, 31 minutes and eight seconds.
Jeffrey, formerly of Salmon Arm, finished almost nine minutes clear of runner-up and men’s overall winner Michael Adams of Banchory, Alta., who splashed to the finish line at Christie Park beach in 2:40:05.
Chris Hall of Maple Valley, Wash., rounded out the top three in 2:47:34.
Michael Fitzgerald of Poulsbo, Wash., was fourth in 3:05:51 while Ultra520K Canada triathlon record-holder David Matheson of Penticton finished fifth in 3:08:27. Julian Kirschner of Kelowna was sixth in 3:13:36.
When the Ultra Swim was resurrected after a 13-year absence in 2017, Jeffrey – then only 15 years old – won the race in a time of 2:35:03 and established the age group record.
Jeffrey improved to 2:33:54 last year, settling for second place behind Casey Riess of Edmonton, who did not compete this year.
Jeffrey trimmed her time by another 2:46 in this year’s race to win going away and set another new record in the girls’ 14-19 age group.
Still, Jeffrey wasn’t even close to being the youngest participant this year.
A pair of 13-year-olds – Isabelle Grecoff of Montreal and Abigail Jerome of Kelowna – turned in sensational performances in their first Ultra Swims.
Grecoff finished 14th overall in 3:31:28 while Jerome was 19th overall in 3:39:20.
The elder statesman in the race – 78-year-old Albert Dykstra of Port Coquitlam – finished 46th overall in 4:17:42 to win the men’s 70-79 age group.
More Local Results
Seventy-nine athletes completed the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim within the 6.5-hour time limit. The following is a list of Central and North Okanagan finishers:
17. Vella Versfeld, Vernon (3:35:65)
23. Dale McAllister, Vernon (3:52:37)
24. Erica Abbie, Kelowna (3:52:48)
33. Sandy Muchowski, Vernon (3:59:39)
36. Ann Stanley, West Kelowna (4:06:49)
42. Renate Terpstra, Vernon (4:14:18)
71. Sandra Hobbs, Kelowna (5:26:00)
72. Venke Hague, Vernon (5:28:24)