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Shown from left are Eric Lambert, 1st place; Spencer Ridge, 2nd place and Patrick McGarrity, 3rd place

2019 Swim

Thirty-three swimmers completed the 13th annual L. Wayne Hudgins Memorial Wharf to Wharf Swim on Sunday, an event that raised in excess of $6,000 for the Mathews Land Conservancy’s facilities and projects.  Participants ranged in age from 12 to 72 and came from as far away as Washington, DC.

Starting at Williams Wharf, the swim course was a 1 mile out and back across the East River. Swimmers entered the water in two waves:  non-assisted and assisted.  Coming in first place was Eric Lambert, 13, of Richmond, with a time of 19:49.  Second and third place respectively were Spencer Ridge, 12, of Henrico, with a time of 20:12 and Patrick MaGarrity, 42, of King George with a time of 21:46.  Christine Johnson of the Virginia Tidewater Trailrunners Association provided excellent timing for the event.  Results can be found at https://www.webscorer.com/racedetails?raceid=195360.

Maura Allen, coming from Oxford England, was the swimmer who came the farthest.  She's here as the Cook Foundation's current Artist in Residency and likes to swim so took the 'plunge'.

Top fundraisers for the event were Tim and Frances Hudgins, Nancy Miller, Mimi Ulsaker, Molly Broderson and Oliver Ulsaker.  Each received donated prizes from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, Short Lane Ice Cream, Heartfelt Touch Massage, Southwind Pizza and Chick Fil-A.

The conditions were ideal with no jellyfish and air/water temperatures in the mid 70’s.  The USCG Auxiliary provided perimeter patrol to keep possible boaters off the course and a team of kayakers spearheaded by Yvonne Rich kept swimmers on course and ensured that all completed the course safely.  Special thanks goes to the Mobjack Rowing Association for course set up, safety launches and parking help for the event.

The Swim is a tribute to the late L. Wayne Hudgins who was a Mathews native, Wharf enthusiast and long-time member of the MLC’s board.  Wayne’s son, Tim, now serves at the board’s president.
Sponsorships are still coming in and still welcome.  If you wish to support this cause, please make your tax-deductible gift to the Mathews Land Conservancy, Box 306, Mathews VA 23109, or online at www.mathewslandconservancy.org.