D.C. Swimmer Wins Chesapeake Race

District resident Jim Kegley, 32, recently beat more than 800 other swimmers in a dash across the Chesapeake Bay.

It was the fourth year in a row that Kegley had won the Chesapeake Bay Swim Race, a marathon distance for swimmers and the biggest open-water race in the country.

More than 28 other District residents entered the 4.5-mile race, an annual fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association.

Don Messer, 59, and Tazewell Banks, 58, were the oldest District residents to compete, and both made it to the other side. Banks, a cardiologist, said he chants and "listens to the bubbles" when he swims.

The race, held two weekends ago, began at Sandy Point State Park and ended at the Pier 1 Marina on the Eastern Shore.

Messer, who swam the distance in 2 hours and 20 minutes, placed third in his age group.

Messer and Banks are both members of the D.C. Department of Recreation's Masters swim team, which entered 27 swimmers in the race and raised $3,200 for diabetes research. Banking Scholarship

Regina Hart, a recent graduate of H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast has won a $16,000 scholarship from the Washington chapter of the American Institute of Banking.

Hart, who was valedictorian of her class, had the highest grade point average in the school's business program, which qualified her for the award.

This is the fifth year that the local chapter of the institute, a nonprofit educational organization for bank employees, has honored the top student in Woodson's business program with a four-year scholarship.

The first recipient, Yolanda Nelson, graduated from Howard University this year.

Hart, who will attend Virginia Tech in Blacksburg this fall, will receive up to $4,000 each year for four years.Cancer Society Honors

The D.C. division of the American Cancer Society recently honored four volunteers for longtime and outstanding service.

Minnie Wood was named the society's Southeast volunteer of the year for her work as vice president of the Southeast unit and as the director of the unit's Lollipop Corps, which educates children about cancer through creative programs performed in elementary schools.

Wood, a resident of Oxon Hill, is the director of the Matthews Memorial Baptist Nursery School in Southeast.

Sgt. Joseph Goldring, of the D.C. police department's 6th District investigative unit, was named the society's Northeast volunteer of the year and awarded a plaque by his wife, Frances, who is also a Northeast unit volunteer.

For four years, Goldring has organized the "Daffodil Days" fund-raiser, in which volunteers sell bundles of the "flower of hope" on District street corners. He also has spearheaded the "Love Lights a Tree" holiday fund-raiser for cancer research.

C. Roger Kurtz, a physician from Silver Spring, was honored for 35 years of service to the society and his work with cancer patients.

And John J. Lynch, a physician from Northwest, was honored for 25 years of service to the society, including one year as its president.

Red Cross Awards At Monday's annual meeting of the National Capital Red Cross, eight District residents were recognized for their contributions to relief missions during last year's back-to-back hurricane and earthquake disasters.

It was the first time the Red Cross had used its annual meeting to recognize people who had helped with relief assistance. Red Cross officials attributed this change to the invaluable time and effort of both paid and unpaid workers to help victims of Hurricane Hugo and the California earthquake.

Red Cross volunteer Mark Shows and Red Cross employees Frances Walker and Carolyn Woods, all of Northeast, traveled to Puerto Rico to help hurricane victims. So did Red Cross employees Tamara Dickey, Mauricio Austin, Nina Chapin and Caesar Cheek, all of Northwest.

Rafael Olaya, of Northwest, assisted earthquake victims in the San Francisco area.