Warkentin, Tierney blaze through water in Nite Moves swim

In one of the fastest Nite Moves of the season, U.S. Olympian and Santa Barbara local Mark Warkentin held off Australia’s Heydn Tierney in a blistering 1k ocean swim on Wednesday at Leadbetter Beach.

Warkentin, who competed in the open-water swim at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, finished Wednesday’s race in 11 minutes, 55 seconds. Tierney, an ocean lifeguard and avid open-water swimmer in Australia, finished in 11:57.


Third place went to 11-time 2011 Nite Moves winner, 14-year-old Walker Bell, in 12:41, followed by Zack Paris in 12:45 and Brian Roth in 12:59.

The first woman finisher was Jessica Broderick of Boulder, Colo. in 13:06 (7th overall).

Dos Pueblos cross country runner Addi Zerrenner, 15, was the top female and third overall in the 5k run, clocking in at 19:19.

Michael Ericson of Santa Barbara won the race in 18:04, edging Kristopher Depew of Acton, who finished in 18:12.

The swim-run aquathon also was close. Ireland’s Donncha O’Siadhail came in first in 34:48. Dos Pueblos water polo player Grant Schroeder, who trailed by just three seconds after the swim, finished second in 37:25.

O’Siadhail last month won the Semana Nautica five-mile biathlon.

Leslie Roth was the top woman finisher in the aquathon (fifth overall) in 40:20. Brian, her husband, finished just ahead of her in fourth in 39:13.