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Point-to-Point Compo Beach Swim Set for Sunday, July 15

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Swimmers of all ages get ready to start last year's Point-to-Point 1-mile open-water swim at Compo Beach.

The Westport Weston Family Y’s 34th annual Point-to-Point Compo Beach Swim – one of Westport’s longest-running annual sports events – will take place on Sunday, July 15. Registration and check-in begin at 8:00 a.m., and the race begins at 9:30 a.m.

Starting at the cannons at Compo Beach, participants swim around buoys, ending with a sprint across the sand to the finish line, covering a distance of 1 mile.

The annual Point-to-Point open-water swim, which last year drew more than 120 participants, including competitors from New York, New Jersey and all of New England, is separated into three heats based on predicted finish times, giving everyone an appropriate field in which to compete. This year’s event will also include a “Kids’ Swim,” a fun, shallow-water event for our youngest participants.

The Kids’ Swim is set for 10:15 am and will be followed by the Awards Ceremony for all participants. All registered swimmers get an official Point-to-Point T-shirt. By tradition, the top three men’s and women’s swimmers in each of 15 age groups are awarded a collectible mug. There will also be special prizes for participants in the Kids’ Swim, which is being sponsored by First County Bank. Additional sponsors for the 34th Point-to-Point Compo Beach Swim include Fairfield County Bank, Cohen & Wolf and Stew Leonard’s.

“This is going to be one of the best years yet for Point-to-Point,” said Nicole Turechek, Aquatic Director. “We look forward to working with some great sponsors and seeing many returning participants, as well as new swimmers interested in testing their skills and stamina in open water. Compo Beach is the perfect venue.”

The advance registration fee for Point-to-Point is $35; entrants can register online at www.westporty.org or in person at the Family Y’s Member Services Desk through July 13. The fee for the Kids’ Swim is $15. All proceeds help support the Family Y’s annual fundraising effort, the Strong Kids Campaign.

Swimmer check-in and day-of-race registration ($45) begin at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 15 at Compo Beach, the Town of Westport’s 29-acre public park on Long Island Sound. Non-resident registered swimmers and spectators will be allowed into the park free of charge for the duration of the race.

Family Y Water Rat Swim Team stalwart Molly Loftus crosses the finish line as the fastest female swimmer in the 2011 Point-to-Point race.

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