NORTH KINGSTOWN – 110 swimmers participated in the Narrow River Preservation Association’s (NRPA) 14th Annual Turnaround Swim recently, one of the non-profit organization’s largest fundraisers throughout the year. Winners of the one-mile race, which is separated into four divisions, included residents of Barrington and Coventry, as well as a father-daughter duo from Jamestown.
On Saturday, June 22, those participating in the Turnaround Swim entered Narrow River from La Farge Park (named after the late W.E.R. La Farge, a long-time benefactor of Narrow River) in North Kingstown, swam half a mile south, then turned around and returned to the starting point to complete the one-mile swim.
Jill Lancaster of Barrington finished first in the women’s wetsuit division with a time of 25 minutes and 27 seconds. Matt Alford of Coventry, meanwhile, took home first place in the men’s wetsuit division.
The non-wetsuit division was won by a father and daughter from Jamestown. Bruce Novis, age 53, finished first in the men’s division with a time of 25 minutes and 27 seconds while his daughter, Hailey Novis, age 23, finished less than a minute behind him with a time of 26 minutes and 41 seconds.
“I have done many swim and triathlon races with my kids,” said the elder Novis. “They almost always do far better than I do, so it was nice to have both of us win this time.”
Novis said he has been swimming with his daughter since she joined her first swim team at age three. While Bruce is a 10-year veteran of NRPA’s Turnaround Swim, it was Hailey’s first event.
“This was actually the first time she swam in over a year so it's great that she got to do it with me,” he said.
Since 1970, NRPA has been protecting, preserving restoring the natural environment and the quality of life for all communities within the Narrow (Pettaquamscutt) River Estuary and Watershed.