New Canaan's Trevor Healy wins Greenwich 1-mile swim
Published 3:37 pm, Wednesday, July 13, 2011
GREENWICH -- Forget about programs or ink-stained numbers, tournament officials probably needed photo identification and birth certificates to help identify the winners of the Greenwich Point Swim on Saturday morning at Tod's Point.
In a finish as spectacular as the day it was held on, the Healy brothers -- identical twins from New Canaan -- waged a furious battle in the one-mile swim with the Dillinger brothers from Greenwich. The race was decided in the final 500 yards, with Trevor Healy pulling away to win in a time of 15:40.
"It was really close," said Trevor, 22, who swims at Colgate. "All four of us were swimming hard the entire way. I turned after the last double-buoy and sprinted all the way home and barely won."
Trevor got out just in time to see his brother, Devon, and the Dillinger brothers in a full sprint for second place. Thomas Dillinger, who will be a freshman at Greenwich High School this fall, beat out Devon Healy by one second to finish runner-up in a time of 15:47.
"We were all pretty much equal, but the double-buoy was the changing point, I guess," said Thomas Dillinger, 14. "Trevor took off and Devon and I went neck and neck to the finish.
Devon, who was the defending champion of the race, settled for third with a time of 15:48. Andrew Dillinger, 18, placed fourth.
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Jessica Knapp, who has coached the Healy and Dillinger brothers at one time or another, captured the women's division for a third consecutive year. The Greenwich resident, who coaches the Dolphins swim team, turned in an impressive time of 17:24.
"I definitely have to warm up a lot more," said Knapp, who is on the Greenwich swim committee. "I basically swam the course as a warm up, I can't just jump in and swim. But it was really nice. It was calm and a great day."
The race, in its 24th consecutive year, hosted 188 swimmers Saturday.
Richard Bolton is the unofficial ironman of the event as the 70-year old Greenwich resident has completed the one-mile swim every year since 1987.
"It's a nice goal to have, I've been working on it for 24 years," said Bolton. "It's a great race. There is a great group of people who have kept this thing going for a long time and I'm glad to be a part of it."
The Greenwich Point swim is no longer just a local event; open water swimming has exploded over the years and people from all over the region have found the hidden gem at Tod's Point to test their skill and stamina.
"There are a lot of clubs from New York and New Jersey that have swimmers who come to this race," said race director Jon Harnett. "We're really proud of this event and the way that it has grown over the years."