New Canaan native Trevor Healy wanted to test his swimming skills in a race one more time prior to moving to the United Kingdom in less than two weeks, so he made sure he was awake bright and early Saturday morning for an event he knew he just couldn't miss -- the 27th annual Greenwich Point One-Mile Swim.
If Saturday was Healy's final competitive swim in the area for a while, he certainly went out with a splash.
The event's 2011 winner, garnered another championship trophy, winning the 1-mile swim in an impressive time of 15 minutes, 38 seconds. Ethan Saulnier was the runner-up (15:50), followed by Gregory Sargent (16:40). Danielle Honrath, a Monroe native, was the overall women's champion, registering a time of 16:59. Morgan Scarth, a Redding resident and Wilton High School graduate, placed second overall in the women's division (17:19).
A 2007 graduate of New Canaan High School, where he was a member of the swim team, Healy began the race strong, then maintained his lead throughout.
"The conditions were really good today, there were no waves," Healy said. "It was like swimming in a lake, that's why the times were pretty fast. It was close to the conditions you get at a pool."
Healy finished first in 2011 in a time of 15:40 in a race that saw him edge his identical twin brother Devon, who placed third in 15:47. Devon Healy won the men's 1-mile swim title in 2010.
"This was my last swim before I move out to the UK in a week-and-a-half, so I wanted to make it a good one," said Healy, who swam at Colgate University. "Devon lives in the UK now, so I am going to join him there and see what happens."
Leading up to the race, Healy had to build up his stamina.
"When I graduated from Colgate in 2012 I stopped swimming for two years," Healy said. "I started swimming again recently and had a good month of training."
Honrath, who resides in Manhattan, swam at Villanova and is familiar with open water races.
"This was my second time doing this race, it seemed a little shorter than a mile, but it was still a hard race," said Honrath, who said she may swim the Westport Mile on Sunday. "I'm happy with my time. With open water swims you never know, they all vary in terms of length."
The 20-year-old Scarth, a member of the University of San Diego swim team, was impressed with the event.
"This is my first time doing it, I heard so much about it," said Scarth, who also competed on the Wilton High swim squad. "It's a great race, the conditions were perfect and the course was well marked. I didn't expect to go that fast, but Danielle (Honrath) was in front of me, so I was just trying to keep near her."
Sponsored by the Greenwich Swim Committee and the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Greenwich Point One-Mile Swim included four heats divided by age group (19-39 year-old heat, 40-49 year-old, 50-and-over). A fourth heat for disabled individuals was also offered. The race was the fifth event of the 2014 Betteridge Greenwich Cup.
"It was a great success, we had over 200 people today," said Chairman of the Greenwich Swim Committee Jon Harnett, a 30-year town resident who has directed the race for 13 years. "This was the first year we ran a fourth heat, which included a paraplegic and visually impaired person. Great swimmers competed and we had some great times come through."