Team featuring Masuk swimmers finishes 3rd in St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound

Boo’s Crew 3 team members, from left, Riley Sheppard, Jason Kim, Sam McHugh, Jack McHugh, Brendan Kirberger and Giancarlo Rubio.

Boo’s Crew 3, a team with four Masuk High School swimmers, finished third in St. Vincent’s annual Swim Across the Sound’s Traditional Relay on Saturday, July 29, racing in the salt water of Long Island Sound, from Port Jefferson to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, in seven hours and eight minutes, while raising close to $5,000 for cancer patients.

Among the youngest teams to compete, Boo’s Crew 3 consisted of Monroe swimmers Brendan Kirberger, Jack McHugh, Sam McHugh and Riley Sheppard, and Shelton swimmers Jason Kim and Giancarlo Rubio. Their boat captain was Chris McHugh, who is Sam and Jack’s father.

Front row from left, Sam McHugh, Giancarlo Rubio, Jack McHugh and Brendan Kirberger. Back Row: Riley Sheppard.

The boys are all friends, who also swim on the Rapids Swim Team.

“It was a great day,” said Kirberger, who will be a junior at Masuk this fall. “The swim was challenging, but also a lot of fun. I’m thankful for everyone that donated to our team and I can’t wait to do this again next year.”

“I was honored to swim and help raise money toward cancer patients,” said Jack McHugh, who will be a sophomore. “It was a long tiring race, but my team and I had a lot of fun.”

Sam McHugh and Riley Sheppard are both graduates of Masuk’s Class of 2023. Sam will attend Providence College in the fall and Sheppard will attend the University of Connecticut. Though neither will compete on their school teams, both plan to join club swim teams.

“I had a great time doing the swim,”  Sam said. “It was a very rewarding feeling when we finished. I was very thankful for my teammates for keeping spirits high and for all of the people that donated to St. Vincent’s through me or my teammates.”

There were five Boo’s Crew teams that raised over $60,000 at the Swim. Of that, Boo’s Crew 3 raised $4,775.

Relay team members alternate with each swimming for 15 to 30 minutes, before the alternating to the next swimmer in the relay. Boo’s Crew 3’s first swimmer entered the water at 9:21 a.m. and crossed the finish line at 4:30 p.m.

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