Over 350 national and international participants competed in calm, clear watersÂ off the Florida Keys Saturday during the Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, an eight-mile open-water challenge.
Miami resident Yoelvis Pedraza, 31, emerged from the Atlantic Ocean as the top individual swimmer with a time ofÂ 2 hours, 55 minutes and 36Â seconds.
Top female finisher Chelsea Nauta, 29, of Tampa, completed the race inÂ 3:04:21.
In other divisions, Tampa residents Pam Owens and Connor Signorin finished with the fastest two-person relay time ofÂ 3:28:57. Punta Gorda, Florida., residents Danielle Chance and Melissa Varlas teamed up with Laura Hamel and Rick Walker of Sarasota, Florida, in the four-person mixed relay division to place first withÂ 3:33:46.
Athletes swamÂ to Alligator Reef Lighthouse off Islamorada, rounded the beacon and came back to the start and finish points at Amara Cay Resort.