37th Annual Trans Tahoe Relay
JULY 20, 2013 // TransTahoeRelay.com //
The Trans Tahoe Relay Swim began back in 1931 when Myrtle Huddleston swam from Glenbrook to Tahoe Tavern Pier in 23 hours and 53 Minutes. In 1955, Norm Peterson of San Francisco swam from Cave Rock to Meeks Bay (9 miles) in 6 hours and 43 minutes. These pioneers paved the way for the 900 plus swimmers who today gather every July to swim 11.5 miles from Sand Harbor, Nevada to Skylandia Beach, California to participate in the Trans-Tahoe Relay Swim.
In photo: Anne O'Dea, John O'Dea, Eric Schleenlein, Joe Dietrich, Kate Christensen, Lee Haris, John Taggart (our skipper), John Christian
The Olympic Club Trans Tahoe Relay is one of the most unique open water swimming events in the world. In 1976 Olympic Club members decided to challenge each other to a team race across Lake Tahoe. Soon after, other clubs were invited to join this annual "Invitational Relay" event. Last year the race attacted over 1134 competitors from all over the country. The Trans Tahoe Relay has become one of the largest open water swims in the world. Promoting team comradery and spirited competition between swimming clubs and other groups and organizations, it is now seen as a landmark of open water events.
This year a team came from Australia won the 36th Annual Trans Tahoe Relay. They finished in three hours and thirteen minutes, with a nearly seven-minute lead over the next team. The Australian team, Tattersalls Masters, consisted of Peter Thiel, Joey Pedroza, Alexander Studzinski, Codie Grimsey and his brother Trent Grimsey. Over 14 Olympic Club member teams also competed. The top Olympic Club team consisted of three men, John Dorr, Matt Benoit, and Gary Marshall, along with our top three women, Brooke Bishop, Danielle Becks, and Erin Reilly. They finished first in their division with a 3:51.39. Also, finishing first in the men's 240 division with a 3:54.17, The Olympic Club men's team consisted of Todd Arris, Bob Childs, Sean Joy, Matthew Davie, Mike Keck and Michael McWhorter. The Olympic Club women's team finished 3rd in their division with a 4:09.22, and that team consisted of Shanna Guzman, Cara Davidoff, Jessie Gertz, Lindsey Smart, Lynn Jolly, and Naoko Watanabe—a new incoming member. It was yet another perfect day, with excellent weather, and no one even could complain that the water was too cold. For results, click here.
Left to right: Ridge Grimsey, Alex Studzinski, Peter Thiel, Codie Grimsey and Trent Grimsey