2019 Buzzards Bay Swim

2019 Buzzards Bay Swim

Two hundred seventy-eight swimmers dove into outer New Bedford Harbor to show their support for a clean and healthy Buzzards Bay by taking part in the 26th annual Buzzards Bay Swim on June 22, 2019. The event raised over $187,000 and counting to support the Coalition's education, conservation, and advocacy work.

Fastest Swimmers

Nancy Smith at the 2019 Buzzards Bay Swim
Fastest swimmer in the 75+ age group, Nancy Smith
  • Fastest Overall (Male): Rob Jones, 54, of Falmouth (22:00)
  • Fastest Overall (Female): Elizabeth Krane, 25, of Saint Louis, Mo. (24:53)
  • 13 and under: Ethan Larue, 13, of Whitinsville (29:44) and Emma Whittaker, 12, of Rochester (31:08)
  • 14-19: Jason Bernard, 16, of Westport (22:52) and Molly Jordan, 17, of Mendon (25:34)
  • 20-24: Eric Pauls, 22, of Westport (24:46) and Emily Boardman, 24, of New Bedford (33:20)
  • 25-29: Michael Gryss, 25, of New Bedford (32:53) and Elizabeth Krane, 25, of St. Louis, Mo. (24:53)
  • 30-34: Andrew Leone, 34, of St. Petersburg, Fla.(31:22) and Nicole O'Keeffe, 31, of Arlington (27:25)
  • 35-39: Justin Nyweide, 39, of Wellesley (24:31) and Caitlin Hagen, 35, of Somerville (31:12)
  • 40-44: Patrick Vitale, 40, of Willimantic, Conn. (26:34) and Laurie Craigen, 42, of Boston (27:08)
  • 45-49: Albert Garcia, 48, of Barrington, R.I. (22:53) and Meredith Gilson, 48, of Falmouth (25:03)
  • 50-54: Rob Jones, 54, of Falmouth (22:00) and Laura Jones, 53, of Falmouth (30:58)
  • 55-59: James Hartnett, 55, of Westport (25:21) and Felicia Bianchi, 56, of Decatur, Ga. (27:45)
  • 60-64: Mark Alexander, 60, of Jamaica Plain (27:40) and Anne Galliher, 62, of Old Lyme, Conn. (29:38)
  • 65-69: Joe Hebert, 66, of Amherst (27:34) and Erica Miller, 66, of Berkley (36:47)
  • 70-74: Jack Nyweide, 71 of Wilmette, Ill. (34:16) and Maureen Nolan, 72, of Falmouth (52:33)
  • 75-79: Nancy Smith, 79, of Dartmouth (1:02:40)

View full results from the 2019 Swim.

Wheeler Watershed Challenge Cup (Fastest Adult Team)

The Salty Seadogs: Jack Bauer of Cumberland, R.I., Alex Gallant of Lakeville, Nicholas Graca of East Freetown, and Adam Reitz of Hilton, N.Y. (average time of 25:44)

Quicks Award (Fastest Youth Team)

New Bedford YMCA Hurricanes Youth: Jason Bernard of Westport, Abby Daniels of Marion, Addie Hellstrom of Fairhaven, Sean Lurd of Rochester, Chloe Morgado of New Bedford, Mia Morgan of New Bedford, and Xander Schenck of Fall River (average time of 25:25)

Top Fundraisers

Top Individual Fundraisers

  • Steve Johnson of Westport ($3,725)
  • Grover Baxley of Cataumet ($3,550)
  • Nancy Smith of Dartmouth ($3,325)
  • Top fundraiser for a first-time swimmer: Liz Appleby of Mattapoisett ($1,816)

Top Fundraising Team

SPLASH! Rebecca Williams and Xan Williams of Rochester ($6,350)

Participation Award Winners

Cuttyhunk Award (10-Year Participants)

  • Laurie Hellstrom of Fairhaven
  • Mara Honohan of Fairhaven
  • Max Medina of Marion
  • Leslie Trott of Cedar Grove, N.J.
  • Stephanie Trott of Fairhaven

Six Mile Award (5-Year Participants)

  • Peter Bell of Westbrook, Me.
  • Jason Bernard of Westport
  • Alex Butters of New Bedford
  • Kait Carvalho of Dartmouth
  • Margo Connolly-Masson of Fairhaven
  • Patricia Emmons of Mattapoisett
  • Meredith Gilson of Falmouth
  • Nicholas Graca of East Freetown
  • Gwen Hancock of Bristol, R.I.
  • Melissa Johnson of Charlotte, N.C.
  • Sara Munger of Quincy
  • Gisele Pappas of New Bedford
  • Tracy Pennoyer of Dartmouth
  • Erin Poyant of Fairhaven
  • Katia Sowers of Durham, N.C.
  • Juliet Xifaris of Mattapoisett


Thank you to the 2019 Buzzards Bay Swim sponsors:

Event Sponsors


BayCoast Bank BETA Group, Inc. Blue Harvest Fisheries Anderson Insulation Buzzards Bay Brewing Bristol County Savings Bank Fiber Optic Center Inc. South Coast Almanac YMCA Southcoast


Common Sense Environmental

Horsley Whitten

In-Kind Sponsors

ABC DisposalAll Sports EventsAmaral's MarketAmrita Certified Pure CoffeeArthur Moniz GalleryCAVU Digital MediaClif BarCrystal Ice CompanyDenzil Ernstzen PhotographyEdson InternationalEl Caribe Steel Drum Ensemble • Emma Whynacht • Fairhaven DPWFairfield Inn & Suites New BedfordFun 107M&C CafémediumstudioNew Bedford DPIReynolds DeWaltSperry Tents • The Crook Family

Massage Therapists

Kevin Childs, Healthtrax Dartmouth • Jon Leaver, Jon Leaver Wellness

Event Safety & Support

Bristol County Sheriff's OfficeCommunity Boating CenterDCR's Fort Phoenix State ReservationFairhaven Fire Department & EMSFairhaven HarbormasterFairhaven Police Department Marine UnitMassachusetts Environmental Police • Mike Huguenin • New Bedford Port AuthorityNew Bedford Police Department Port Security DivisionNew Bedford Fire Department, Marine Safety UnitNew Bedford Police DepartmentNew Bedford HarbormasterTow Boat U.S. New BedfordU.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, New Bedford Flotilla 1NR 65U.S. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England and Station Menemsha


View photos from the 2019 Buzzards Bay Swim below or on Flickr. More photos will be added throughout the coming week.

2019 Buzzards Bay Swim

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Cisco Brewing Buzzards Bay Brewing Bee Grateful Bee Grateful
The Crook FamilyTremblay's Bus Co., LLC Milbury and Company fiber optic logo tag line resized
Vineyard Wind Onset Computer TowBoatUSA Wild Waters
Open Soul Swimming Sperry Tents Beta text only silver level
AAFCPAs Out Of The Blue Healing ArtsProfessional Physical Therapy
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