16th annual Swim Across the Sound

S(08/09/03) BRIDGEPORT - Amateur swimmers hit the water on Saturday competing in the 16th annual Swim Across the Sound. The event, which is a 17-and-a-half mile swim from Port Jefferson, Long Island to Captain's Cove in Bridgeport, raises money for the fight against cancer.

Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate and swimmers had to be pulled out of the Sound a little more than five hours after they dove in because of lightning. But the participants didn't let the weather dampen their spirits. They say the event has always been about so much more than who makes it to the finish line first.

The money raised from the event goes to multiple cancer education, screening and prevention programs.

There were no official times, but before the swim was called off, the Westport Water Rats were leading in the relay category, Laura O'Brien was the number one female swimmer and Ray Gandy was tops for the men.

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