Wharf to Wharf swimmers raise $13,000+
Swimmers who took part in the fifth annual L. Wayne Hudgins Memorial Wharf to Wharf Swim at Williams Wharf on Sept. 18 faced cold, windy and rainy conditions.
But in spite of the uncommonly cold, rough waters, the swim was over in less than an hour and all 46 swimmers completed the 1,400-meter course—raising $13,151 in the process, according to coordinator Mimi Ulsaker.
Swimmers ranged in ages from 10 to over 80. Navy Ensign Tucker Witt, a Gloucester High School crew and Mobjack Rowing Association alumnus, retained his winning streak for the third straight year, finishing with a time of 19:08. He was closely followed by fellow naval officer Steve Krajewski at 19:39. Both are stationed in Virginia Beach.
Chelsea Adams, a Great Bridge High School senior and crew member, was the first female finishing, in 20:44. Adams has competed in crew regattas at Williams Wharf and has practiced in the summers with Mobjack rowers.
Ulsaker said the most touching moment for Mathews Land Conservancy members, who sponsored the race, was the appearance and participation of Del. Harvey B. Morgan. His swim cap was appropriately numbered "98" for the district he served so well and for so long. Ulsaker said that over the years Morgan made recognizing the importance of acquiring, preserving and accessing public waterfront an important priority and always did his best to help the conservancy’s efforts in moving the Williams Wharf Landing project forward.