Brewer, Smith, Gabriel earn Semana Nautica awards

Semana Nautica Athlete of the Year Cuyler Gabriel

Semana Nautica Athlete of the Year Cuyler Gabriel

Female Ocean Swimmer of the Year Olivia Smith

Female Ocean Swimmer of the Year Olivia Smith

Male Ocean Swimmer of the Year Ben Brewer

Male Ocean Swimmer of the Year Ben Brewer

 

Ben Brewer, Olivia Smith, and Cuyler Gabriel will receive special recognition from the Semana Nautica Association for their standout performances in connection with the 2014 summer sports festival.

There will be an official ceremony at the Reef & Run Boat to Beach event in August.

Brewer and Smith won the Ocean Swimmer of the Year point series for being the top overall ocean-swimming competitors across multiple events. It’s the second year that Semana Nautica has named an overall Male and Female Ocean Swimmer of the Year, and Brewer is now a two-time winner.

Brewer finished first overall in three of the four races counted. Victories in the 1-mile, 3-mile and the Nite Moves 1k gave him a clear lead in the points standings.

Smith was equally as dominant, winning the 3-mile, the Nite Moves 1k and Reef & Run 1 mile.

Twelve swimmers met the criteria for Ocean Swimmer of the Year, which involved competing in at least four distance races during the two-week festival. After Brewer came Arjun McAvoy, Jim Avrea, Ryan Wenger, Dave Kosmo, Mark Urish, Dave Tanner and Roland Takayama. Alethea Butler-Nalin came in second for the women, followed by Marcie Kjoller and Danielle Lipski.

Gabriel was voted as the festival’s Athlete of the Year. Gabriel won multiple events, including the 5-mile biathlon and a 1-mile swim at Reef & Run, and was runner-up in the Mullen & Henzel Mile Swim. He also competed in the three-day Age Group Meet at Los Banos Pool.

Gabriel, Brewer and Smith are all local teenagers who train with Santa Barbara Swim Club.

 

SWIMMER OF YEAR STANDINGS


MEN

NAME

BEST NM

BEST R&R

BEST 3 or 6

1 MILE

TOTAL

Ben Brewer

1

2

1

1  5

Arjun McAvoy

6

8

5

9  28

Jim Avrea

3

4

14

 20 41

Ryan Wenger

8

16

20

26  70

Dave Kosmo

22

17

13

 30  82

Mark Urish

13

15

23

32  83

Dave Tanner

53

45

26

 66 190

Roland Takayama

52

42

55

68  217

WOMEN

NAME

BEST NM

BEST R&R

BEST 3 or 6

1 MILE

TOTAL

Olivia Smith

1

1

1

2  5

Alethea Butler-Nalin

3

8

9

11  31

Marcie Kjoller

11

7

10

 8 41

Danielle Lipski

6

6

15

20  47

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