PUBLISHED: 12:08 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Water World
Twenty-four swimmers got their feet wet in Ketchikan for a first-of-its kind swim that raised about $15,000 for the American Diabetes Association, said Gretchen Klein, who organized the event with Willie Schulz.

In the Pennock Island Challenge, an 8-mile race around Pennock Island on Aug. 28, volunteers in kayaks helped keep the swimmers safe in the 50-degree water.

World-class swimmer Sean Seaver of Ketchikan finished first with a time of 2:36, in front Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller who finished second with a time of 2:46. Keller anchored the 800-meter freestyle relay race at the Athens Olympics last summer for Team USA.

Twelve swimmers completed the entire distance solo; the other half of the field competed on multi-member teams.

Klein said next year's August race date will be announced later, based on tides. America Diabetes Association Team Ketchikan Pennock Challenge 8 Mile Swim Results Aug. 28, 2005 Ketchikan, Alaska

Male Solo
Sean Seaver 2:36 ? Ketchikan
Klete Keller 2:46 ? Michigan
Rocky Elerding 3:15 ? Ketchikan
Willie Schulz 3:18 ? Ketchikan
Mark Monticino 3:25 ? Washington
Bo Meredith 3:31 ? Ketchikan
Gary Stysick 3:42 ? Washington
Loren Prosser 4:20 ? Ketchikan
Women Solo Shannon Titzell 3:17 ? Anchorage
Britta Christianson 3:24 ? Ketchikan
Elizabeth Einset 3:43 ? Ketchikan
Dawn Allen-Herron ? 4 miles completion
Two-Member Team

Debby Spence Washington & Chris Wilhelm 3:27 ? Ketchikan
Cheryl Elliott & Jennifer Castle 3:55 ? Ketchikan
Four-Member Team

Larry Pullin, Gregory Styrk, Glyn Seaburg & Mike Spence 3:35 ? Washington
Don Mitchel, Mike Elerding, Fred Jorgensen & William Elberson 4:16 ? Ketchikan

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  Shannon Titzell is the first woman to finish the Pennock Island Challenge and fourth overall in a field of 24. She finished the race in 3 hours 17 minutes.

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  Loren Prosser of Ketchikan finishes the race in 4 hours 20 minutes.

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  Kayakers help keep swimmers safe in 50-degree water.