Coloradans compete in Maui Channel Swim

Club Greenwood Masters team finishes in 11th place


Six Masters swimmers from Club Greenwood participated in the Maui Channel Swim over Labor Day weekend.

Kirk Anderson, of Greenwood Village; Tim Hinchey, of Englewood; Steve Kahl, of Lone Tree; and Michael Mann, Bob Garland and Greg Scott, of Centennial, finished 11th out of 40 teams competing in the timed relay race with a time of 4 hours, 48 minutes, 39 seconds. The first-place Tattersalls Masters Australia finished in 3:19:48.

According to information on the Maui Channel Swim web page, each team member swims a half-hour leg to start the race. After the initial 30-minute leg, team members then swim for 10 minutes each until the final team member crosses the finish line.

“The Maui Channel Swim is a great test of endurance, but more than that a great time to bond with close friends and family,” Kahl said.

The race begins at the pier at Club Lanai on the island of Lanai and ends on the beach in front of Kaanapali Beach Hotel on the island of Maui. The distance from start to finish, as the bird flies, is about 9.9 miles, but actual distance swum is longer depending on currents, winds, etc., the web site says.

“The best part of swimming the Maui Channel with my Club Greenwood teammates was experiencing the teamwork and encouragement for each other with we had already developed while training together back home at Greenwood Masters,” Scott said. “This helped us get through some very challenging conditions.”

Hinchey agrees.

“It’s always special to team up with my friends from Club Greenwood Masters for any event, but traveling to Maui was truly a highlight,” Hinchey said. “The conditions were challenging and only made our relay bond stronger. Can’t wait to do it again with these guys.”

In addition to the six swimmers, each team is accompanied by an escort boat, with the captain acting as navigator, and teams are responsible for their own navigation. Depending on conditions and navigation, the fastest teams finish in 3 to 4 hours. The race has a time limit of 8 hours and it is not uncommon for teams not to finish, the website says.

“What I realized most from this race is the genuine love for swimming and fortitude to never give in that Greg, Steve, Mike, Kirk and Tim have,” said Garland, of Centennial. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to swim amongst them.”

Mann, also of Centennial, said it was “great fun swimming against the Molokai express. Club Greenwood boys learned how to race in the ocean. Can’t wait till next year.”

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