Miyauchi leads the way in Alcatraz swim

Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->These seven swimmers from Kingman swam from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco on April 16. From left, Jacob Miyauchi, Terry Miyauchi, Aden Dunton, Eric Depner, Makayla Newberry, Victoria Depner and Sophia Depner.

Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->These seven swimmers from Kingman swam from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco on April 16. From left, Jacob Miyauchi, Terry Miyauchi, Aden Dunton, Eric Depner, Makayla Newberry, Victoria Depner and Sophia Depner.

KINGMAN - Out of 80 swimmers, 14-year-old Jacob Miyauchi finished in a three-way tie for first in the 1.4-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shoreline on April 16.

Miyauchi completed the swim in just 34 minutes. He was one of seven locals who participated in the Alcatraz swim and the 1.4 mile Golden Gate Bridge swim, held the next day.

"Jake did awesome," said Jacob's father Terry, who also swam the length with his son.

Aden Dunton, 10, tied the record for youngest ever to swim Alcatraz, covering the distance in just under an hour. He was one of three 10-year-olds to participate.

"He was very happy," said Miyauchi of Aden's swim. "His goal was to complete the swim."

Other swimmers were Makayla Newberry, 14, and Sofia Depner, 12, who finished in the top 10, and Victoria Depner, 12, who held up to wait for her dad so they can finish together.

"She was out there having fun and before she knew it her father was swimming by. So they were able to finish together which was kind of neat," Miyauchi said.

The majority of the swimmers came from the Phoenix and Tucson areas, and some came as far way as Michigan, Wisconsin and New York.

Going into the swim there were concerns for the current and how the winter runoff was going to affect the conditions. However, according to Miyauchi, the conditions were ideal.

"The conditions were very well," Miyauchi said. "There was some light winds so the chop of the water was very minimal,"

Newberry and Jacob Miyauchi will compete in a 500-meter open water swim at Lake Saguaro in the coming weeks, and the Kingman Dolphins will prepare for their upcoming summer swim season, which starts May 13 at Centennial Park.

"We swim year-around but our program grows in the summer months," said Terry Miyauchi about the program, which is entering its 38th year this summer. "Typically we have 30 to 40 swimmers year-round and 100 during the summer."