Wednesday, November 14 , 2018, 11:08 pm | Fair 51º

 
 
 
 
Sports: A Noozhawk Partnership with Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, The Lab, and American Riviera Bank
Santa Barbara Athletic Round TableThe LabAmerican Riviera Bank

Olivia Smith, Taylor Steffen Capture 3-Mile Ocean Swim, Clinch Semana Nautica Swimmer of Year Honors

Olivia Smith made it two swimming wins in a row at the Semana Nautica summer sports festival as she captured the women’s title in the 3-mile ocean swim on a cold Sunday morning at East Beach.

The overall winner was Taylor Steffen, who finished 5 minutes ahead Smith in a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes and 26 seconds. Myles Peck came in second with a time of 1:03.36 and Chris Braden was third in 1:05.19.

Taylor Steffen won the overall title in the 3-mile ocean swim and clinched the Semana Nautica Male Swimmer of the Year honor. Click to view larger
Taylor Steffen won the overall title in the 3-mile ocean swim and clinched the Semana Nautica Male Swimmer of the Year honor. (Blythe Hastings / Noozhawk photo)

Smith finished in 1:07.59, which was good for eighth place overall.

The San Marcos alum and UC Davis swimmer captured the women’s 1-mile swim title on Saturday. Her two victories clinched Semana Nautica Female Swimmer of the Year honors for the second straight year.

“It feels really good, I was really happy with it,” said Smith of her second win of the weekend. “I was reenergized for this race.”

Karen Schultz came in second for the women and 10th overall with a time of 1:08.12 seconds. Mallory Mead was right behind her in third at 1:08.20.

Steffen, a Santa Barbara resident who has been homeschooled for high school and just completed his studies, explained his strategy for the race. 

“I was drafting behind two guys probably until the two-mile mark and then I just broke out and sprinted the last mile,” he explained. 

After Sunday’s win and a second place in the mile, Steffen, who plans on attending Concordia University of Irvine, clinched the Male Swimmer of the Year Award.

Because of the overcast morning, the water was cold. One finisher had to be treated for hypothermia.

“It was cold, my hands and feet got pretty numb,” said Steffen. 

— Noozhawk intern Blythe Hastings can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawksports. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >