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Saturday, July 12, 2003

Three Generations Compete in Compo Swim

When Taylor McNair, 8, of Westport splashed into Long Island Sound today for the 25th Compo Beach Point to Point Swim, it was a family affair.
Taylor McNair, 8, of Westport, gets ready for today’s Compo Beach Point to Point swim with grandfather Albert Sacknoff, 69, and mother Marjorie, 44. Taylor and another 8-year-old were the youngest swimmers in the event. WestportNow.com photo
His mother, Marjorie McNair, 44, joined him as well as his grandfather, Dr. Albert Sacknoff, 69, of Huntington, N.Y. (See WestportNow July 9, 2003) Taylor and friend Gabrielle Wimer, 8, of Westport were the youngest competitors in the one-mile event that had 190 entrants. Taylor finished with a time of 40 minutes, 33 seconds, while Gabrielle was six seconds behind. Marjorie McNair was in the middle at 40:34. Her father dropped out after the first buoy but had fun nevertheless. It was a little cold,Ӕ said Taylor, who swims with the YMCAs Water Rats swim team. The Y sponsored the event. Marjorie McNair said TaylorҒs swim coach suggested he participate. I decided to join him,Ӕ she said. And it was his idea to invite his grandfather.Ӕ Sacknoff has been swimming since his days on the swim team at Columbia University. Taylor said the race was generally uneventful and at no time did he consider giving up. Asked if hell race again next year, he replied: ғSure. It was fun. TaylorԒs father, Carl, 47, stayed on the beach taking pictures and holding the towels, but obviously glowed in his familys achievements. ғMy wife has been practicing a lot in our backyard pool, he said. ԓShe was ready.


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