Ellis swimmers take Alcatraz challenge
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Nick and Nathaniel Sichau of Ellis Aquatics completed the Orca Alcatraz Challenge on Saturday. Courtesy photo
Nick and Nathaniel Sichau of Ellis Aquatics completed the Orca Alcatraz Challenge on Saturday. Courtesy photo
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Ellis Aquatics  swimmers Jenika Tanjuakio, Priscilla De La Garza Garcia, Laura De La Garza Garcia and Ana De La Garza Garcia celebrate their completion of the Orca Alcatraz Challenge on Saturday at Crissy Field in San Francisco. Courtesy photo
Ellis 1 08-08-14 Ellis Aquatics swimmers Jenika Tanjuakio, Priscilla De La Garza Garcia, Laura De La Garza Garcia and Ana De La Garza Garcia celebrate their completion of the Orca Alcatraz Challenge on Saturday at Crissy Field in San Francisco. Courtesy photo
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Swimmers from Ellis Aquatics took on the Orca Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon and Swim on Saturday, and six local swimmers finished the two-mile swim from Alcatraz to the east beach of Crissy Field in San Francisco.

Ellis swimmer Jenika Tanjuakio, 11, finished in third place in the under-12 female division, making the swim in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 38 seconds.

She was among nearly 300 swimmers — 151 of whom also ran seven miles after the swim — to jump in the 55-degree water from a ferry near Alcatraz and start toward San Francisco.

Also making the swim were Ana De La Garza Garcia, 14, who finished fourth in the 13-15 female division (56:54); Laura De La Garza Garcia, 17, fourth in the 16-19 female division (57:34); and Priscilla De La Garza Garcia, 16, fifth in the 16-19 female division (1:03.01).

Nick Sichau, 16, placed sixth in the 16-19 male division (53:17), and Nathaniel Sichau, 15, placed sixth in the 13-15 male division (55.39).

Race organizers Tri-California Events noted that the actual distance, factoring in the tides and currents that would ordinarily carry a person past the Golden Gate Bridge and three miles out to sea within an hour, make the actual swimming distance 1½ miles.

Contact Bob Brownne at brownne@tracypress.com or 830-4227.

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