2004-08-20 / Sports

Special Day At Ken Killian Ocean Mile Swim

By Jim Mulligan


Swimmers wait for the start of the awards ceremony.

Swimmers wait for the start of the awards ceremony. Saturday morning, August 7th, was a chilly morning suited more for the Polar Bear Club. But, if the air was cold, the water was warm and so were the hearts of the swimmers and their families and friends who came out to honor the memory of a man who was a friend, son, brother, brother-in-law, and most importantly a husband and a father to Eileen and their three daughters Sarah, Bridget, and Trish. How proud Kenny must be to see how his girls have turned into such accomplished young women and how Eileen has done a wonderful job raising their family.

The daughters of Ken Killian, Bridget, Trish, and Sarah Killian, all swam in the annual  Ocean Mile. Sarah finished in 48th place, Trish finished 130 and Bridget 135

The daughters of Ken Killian, Bridget, Trish, and Sarah Killian, all swam in the annual Ocean Mile. Sarah finished in 48th place, Trish finished 130 and Bridget 135 The swim itself is a labor of love for the volunteers and they do remarkable work. The swimmers, many of who were friends and co-workers of Kenny’s, hit the water at the roar of the starting cannon. The conditions were perfect for an ocean mile swim and the times for everyone proved that. Two hundred and one swimmers churned the water at a rapid pace with Tommy O’Neill proving last years win was not a fluke. At 15 years old he has shown that he is the one to beat for some time to come. His winning time of 16 minutes 35 seconds was the fastest since this swim has been held. Another local, Maureen McCluskey finished 14th overall and was the second female finisher behind Gabriele Guelly. Other young locals, Kurt Cedo, Kevin Quinn, and Patrick Kelly finished 6th, 9th, and 11th. Sarah, Bridget, and Trish Killian all swam in honor of their father.

Tommy O’Neill wins the race in a record-breaking time of 16:35.
Tommy O’Neill wins the race in a record-breaking time of 16:35. All had another all around great day. A good competitive race, a day to meet with old friends and some new ones, and a chance to honor a man we would all be better off to have known. We thank Eileen, Sarah, Bridget, and Trish for letting us share this special day with them.

201 swimmers enter the water for the annual Ken Killian Ocean Mile Swim.
201 swimmers enter the water for the annual Ken Killian Ocean Mile Swim.

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