BALTIMORE – Incoming UMBC freshman swimmer Andrew McKissick (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) won the 2013 Great Chesapeake Bay Swim (GCBS), Sunday afternoon near Annapolis.
The 22nd edition of the 4.4 mile open-water race drew 650 swimmers. The race began at Sandy Point State Park on the west shore of the Chesapeake Bay and concluded on the beaches of Kent Island. McKissick outpaced all of the competitors, finishing with a time of one hour and thirty one minutes and forty six seconds (1:31:46).
"We're excited and proud of Andrew for winning the prestigious Bay swim," said head coach Chad Cradock. "It is an extremely grueling swim and he did it not only for himself, but for the March of Dimes as well, and he will be a great addition to our program.
McKissick swam for Pat Underwood at Mount St. Joseph's, earning the team MVP award in 2011 and 2012 while helping the Gaels take fourth at the MIAA Championships. In addition, McKissick has been a member of the Retriever Aquatic Club (RAC) since 2002.
The GCBS is a charitable fundraiser for the Maryland Chapter of the March of Dimes. The net proceeds of the event go to aid the March of Dimes in its campaign for healthier babies.