Team Contagious, skippered by Captain Brian Cone of Islamorada was third. Angler Don DeLeon of Miami caught a 39.74-pound dolphin that earned the team $12,550. Other Contagious teammates were Islamorada’s Bill Keller and Tavernier’s Travis Bennett.
The largest dolphin caught by a junior angler was a 21.58-pounder boated by 7-year-old John Searcy of Key West. The young champion fished on the Lightly, captained by his father, also named John Searcy.
Crissy Wejebe of Summerland Key scored a 23.96-pound fish that was the largest caught by a female angler. She fished aboard Sea Boots with Captain Jim Sharpe Sr. The two-day tournament attracted 76 boats and more than 300 anglers, according to founder Mike Weinhofer.
Entrants in the annual Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West on June 22 can compete either individually or in teams of two to six swimmers, with or without fins. The 12.5-mile open-water swim challenge typically attracts athletes from the United States, Canada and abroad to vie for awards in multiple age categories.
The swim begins at 7:30 a.m. at the boat ramp at Smathers Beach on the Atlantic Ocean side where South Roosevelt Boulevard meets Bertha Street.
The clockwise route around the island encompasses the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, with swimmers ending where they began. The course takes participants past Key West landmarks including the Southernmost Point marker that designates the southernmost spot of land in the continental United States.
Each swimmer must provide a support crew and kayak or boat to accompany him or her around the island but can’t touch the boat except for teams making relay changes. Lifeguards and kayaks will be positioned throughout the course for safety.
Swimmers must register by June 21. The race entry fee is $100 per solo swimmer, $160 per two-person relay team, $240 per three-person team, $320 per four-person team, $400 per five-person team and $480 per six-person team. Discounts are available for United States Masters Swimming and USA Swimming members.
The Swim Around Key West benefits the Florida Keys Community College swim program, Key West High School swim team and the Keys’ Bone Island Swim Club.
Event information and registration: www.fkccswimaroundkeywest.com.
Dolphins school visit
The Miami Dolphins are spreading a message to South Florida’s youth: Living a healthy lifestyle gives you the best chance of succeeding in life.
The Dolphins delivered that message at Gloria Floyd Elementary School in Miami, where the team put on a Gatorade Junior Training Camp for nearly 500 students. The camp consisted of six interactive football drills, the “Dol-Fit” message and cheerleader routines.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to build a relationship with the Miami Dolphins and let our students know that they’re not just a football team, but they do things for the community as well,” Gloria Floyd Elementary Principal Todd Morrow said. “Our students are learning how important it is to be physically fit and different types of exercises that athletes do to train and prepare.”
The event started with Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton speaking to the children about the Dol-Fit message, which focuses on education, physical fitness and positive choices. Then the children participated in football stations, such as throwing the ball, running under hurdles and going in between pads.