2001-08-18 / Sports

Ken Killian Ocean Mile By Jim Mulligan

Ken Killian Ocean Mile By Jim Mulligan

While the sun did not shine as it has in our past race days, the spirit of the competitors and their families and friends were more than enough to brighten up the day.

With a record 253 entries and 208 actual swimmers from thirteen years old to over seventy years old, the race promised to be competitive in all age groups. The ocean was calm enough to provide a fast and safe swim for all who entered the water. The top competitors were close for a good part of the race and the first three finishers were separated by only twenty-eight seconds. Chris Gahn, a Rockaway local, won this year’s bragging rights in a time of 17:49. Gary Istkovich followed him closely at 18:05 and Breezy Point native Kurt Cedo at 18:17. Both Chris and Kurt are former C.Y.O. swimmers and now teammates at Xaverian High School.

The first female swimmer and fourth overall was fifteen-year-old Michelle Ryan of Belle Harbor. Michelle also got her start in C.Y.O. Michelle‘s performance was dominating. Her time of 18:18 was over two minutes ahead of Christine Capone at 20:46 and Megan Hast at 20:49 and both of these times were top ten finishers.

While many swimmers were not nearly as fast as the above-mentioned swimmers, their accomplishments need to be admired for the effort they put into it. While some swam for a personal goal, some to beat an old friend, or for those who swam in memory of Kenny Killian, all who entered the water this gray morning came out winners. The crowd that cheered the very last swimmer can attest to that.

The people you spend time with make great days and great memories. This helps to create a moment in time for Kenny’s three daughters Sarah, Bridget and Trish and his wife Eileen. They see how much Kenny was loved and respected which is surely an honor. To spend time with the people who organize, volunteer, participate, donate and just show up to honor Kenny’s life is what makes this a day that only Rockaway can provide.

Thank you Eileen, Sarah, Bridget, and Trish for letting us share in this moment in time.

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