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Truckee swimmers compete in Tiburon Mile

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Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comSean Percin, 9, takes a photo with his swim coach, Debbie Meyer Weber, before they competed in the 11th Annual RCP Tiburon Mile last month. Sean was recognized as the youngest person to complete the 1.2-mile swim.

A group of seven Truckee swimmers competed last month in the 11th Annual RCP Tiburon Mile in the San Francisco Bay.

The RCP Tiburon Mile is one of the most competitive open-water swims in the world, drawing hundreds of swimmers annually to the waters of Raccoon Strait between Angel Island and the town of Tiburon. A total of 658 people finished this yearand#8217;s race, including Olympians and World Champions from across the globe.

Truckee High senior Cara Silvas led the local contingent, as she finished 48th overall and 12th in her female Elite division with a time of 30 minutes and 15 seconds. Silvas did not wear a wetsuit in the chilly water.

Also braving the cold water without a wetsuit was Brittany Percin, who finished fourth in her 13-18 female age group and 73rd overall with a time of 31:20, and Susan Straw, who placed sixth in the 40-49 division in 43:11.

Racing in the wetsuit division, former Olympian Debbie Meyer Weber of Truckee finished her swim in 35:20, which was good enough for 175th overall and third in her division.

Aside from Brittany, who had long since completed her swim, the Percin family finished in a pack led by 9-year-old Sean Percin, who posted a time of 51:59. Mark Percin came in at 52:00 and Lydia Percin in 52:05.

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Sean Percin was recognized as the youngest participant to complete the 1.2-mile swim to the mainland. The cutoff age to compete is 13, but he received special permission.

Joe Bourdeau of Incline Village also competed, finishing in 51:28 in the wetsuit division.

Charles Peterson took the overall win with a time of 22:52, while Christine Jennings was the fastest woman in 24:45.