Konrad Antoniuk and Nicole Antoniuk kept the Semana Nautica Mullen & Henzell 1-Mile Swim in the family as the 2012 victors in the men’s and women’s race on Saturday at East Beach.
Four of the top five swimmers placed in the top five in 2011 as well, with Konrad taking the overall title from former Olympian Mark Warkentin.
Warkentin had enjoyed a dominating run in the event, winning the race three years in a row and five of the last six. He didn’t compete in 2008 as he prepared for the Beijing Olympics.
Konrad Antoniuk broke the streak with a winning time of 18 minutes and three seconds.
Matt Johnson finished a close second at 18.04. Warkentin came in third with a time of 18.27. Mitchell Johnson (4th) and Nicole Antoniuk (5th) rounded out the top-five.
Nicole Antoniuk’s victory was her fourth straight dating back to 2009. The Newhall resident is committed to swim at Cal Poly starting this fall. It’s also the fourth straight year that Antoniuk has placed fifth overall.
In total, 121 swimmers competed in the event, slightly down from 143 in 2011.