Sacramento swimmers make big splash at Golden Gate Sharkfest

Sacramento swimmers won big at this weekend’s Golden Gate Sharkfest race in the San Francisco Bay.

Jesuit High School student Eric Fugit, 16, won first overall in the race, finishing the 1.6 mile swim in 27 minutes and 37 seconds. Two of his teammates, Maggie, 55, and Frank, 52, Roepke, placed first in their respective age categories.

Brian Murray, 47, of Fair Oaks was just 5.3 seconds behind Fugit.

“I’ve never won something like this or been honored like this before,” Fugit said. “I had people I didn’t even know coming and congratulating me and asking me about the race after.”

In addition to participating in the Sharkfest team, Fugit is a member of Jesuit’s swim team as well as the year-round swim team at Spare Time Aquatics in Sacramento.

The race begins when swimmers board a ferry in Sausalito and ride to the south side of the Golden Gate Bridge at 8 a.m.. From there, swimmers take off at 9 a.m., swimming diagonally under the bridge between the two pillars before finishing at Fort Baker. It is key for swimmers to make it past the second pillar of the bridge before 9:20,…

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