Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming List

The authenticated Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming club - who completed successful swims in the English Channel, Catalina Channel and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim - includes the following individuals:

1. Alison Streeter (UK)
2. Taranath Narayan Shenoy (India)
3. Rick Barthels (USA)
4. Bob West (USA)
5. Peter Urrea (USA)
6. Carol Sing (USA)
7. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) (twice, in 1999 and 2009)
8. Nick Olmos-Lau (Mexico)
9. T. Scott Coleman (USA)
10. Rebecca Jackman-Beeler (USA)
11. Kevin Murphy (UK)
12. Kathleen Wilson (USA)
13. Forrest Nelson (USA)
14. Andrew Hewitt (USA)
15. David Blanke (USA)
16. Elizabeth Fry (USA)
17. Marcia Cleveland (USA)
18. Bill Hoehn (USA)
19. Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey)
20. James Pittar (Australia)
21. Scott Richards (USA)
22. Andrew 'Alan' Voisard (USA)
23. Tina Neill (USA) (twice in 2008 and 2012)
24. Rendy Lynn Opdycke (USA)
25. Michelle Davidson (USA)
26. Michelle Macy (USA)
27. Tom Hecker (USA)
28. Erica Moffett (USA)
29. Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA)
30. Michael Miller (USA)
31. Nick Adams (UK)
32. Elaine Kornbau Howley (USA)
33. Stephen Autry (USA)
34. Jeffrey Cleveland (USA)
35. Sakura Hingley (UK)
36. Samantha Simon (USA)
37. Jim Barber (USA)
38. Craig Lenning (USA)
39. Mallory Mead (USA)
40. Dave Barra (USA)
41. Penny Palfrey (Australia)
42. Dan Richards (USA)
43. Tobey Saracino (USA)
44. Yesenia Cabrera (Guatemala)
45. Michael Renford (Australia)
46. Mo Siegel (USA)
47. Anthony Zamora (USA)
48. Brad McVetta (USA)
49. Jaime Caballero (Spain)
50. William "Davis" Lee (Bahamas)
51. James Fitzpatrick (USA)
52. Darren Miller (USA)
53. Miquel Suñer Comalat (Spain)
54. Eddie Irwin (Ireland)
55. Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain)
56. Katie Benoit (USA/Germany)
57. Hendrik Meerman (USA)
58. Sarah Thomas (USA)
59. Dan Boyle (USA)
60. Barbara Held (USA)
61. Mariel Hawley (Mexico)
62. Dave Smith (USA)
63. Cindy Walsh (USA)
64. Jaimie Monahan (USA)
65. Ned Denison (Ireland)
66. Gabor Molnar (Hungary)
67. Roger Finch (South Africa)
68. Lance Ogren (USA)
69. Katy Dooley (USA)
70. Thomas W. Kofler (Italy)
71. Kent Nicholas (USA)
72. Barbara Pellick (Australia)
73. Nial Funchion (USA)
74. Karen Throsby (UK)
75. James Penrose (UK)
76. Jim Neitz (USA)
77. Steven Green (USA)
78. Ron Collins (USA)
79. Courtney Moates Paulk (USA)
80. Javier Gutierrez (Mexico)
81. Samuel Neri (Mexico)
82. Ceinwen Roberts (Australia)
83. Graeme Lowe (Jersey)

According to Dr. Scott Richards, San Diego's Rendy Opdyke has the fastest turnaround of all three swims - in an incredibly short span of 35 days. Dave Barra completed his Triple Crown in less than 3 months and Alan Voisard completed his Triple Crown just over 3 months. Samantha Simon completed her in 11+ months and Dr. Richards completed his swims in 12 months and 16 days while the rest of the Triple Crowners completed their feat over the course of years.

Samantha Simon is the youngest (as a 20-year-old) member of the elite club while Jim Barber took 22 years to join the club.

Jason Zirganos of Greece swam the English Channel and Catalina Channel in the 1950s under authenticated circumstances and is reportedly to have swum around Manhattan Island, but this last swim was not authenticated by NYC Swim.

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Triple Crown Swims Around The World

The Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming refers to open water swimming's equivalent of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and includes three swims as the cherished goal of marathon swimmers:

(1) 21 miles across the English Channel between England and France, (2) 21 miles across the Catalina Channel in Southern California, U.S.A., and (3) the 28.5 miles around Manhattan Island in New York.

But just as the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing can be defined differently, there are alternative definitions for different Triple Crowns in the open water based on one's geographical perspective.

The American Triple Crown is the Catalina Channel, Manhattan Island and the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim.

The Irish Triple Crown is the North Channel, the English Channel and the Catalina Channel.

The Kiwi Triple Crown is the Cook Strait, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Southern California Triple Crown is one of the Santa Barbara Channels, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Northern California Triple Crown is a swim between the Farallones Islands and San Francisco, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Hawaiian Triple Crown is one of the Hawaiian Island Channels (e.g., Molokai Channel), the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Japanese Triple Crown is the Tsugaru Channel, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The African Triple Crown is the Strait of Gibraltar, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Australian Triple Crown is the Rottnest Channel, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Argentinian Triple Crown is the Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Parana, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Italian Triple Crown is the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Canadian Triple Crown is the Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

Another Canadian Triple Crown is the Lake Ontario crossing, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The South African Triple Crown is the Cape Town Swim-to-False Bay, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Macedonian Triple Crown is the Ohrid Lake Swimming Marathon, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Greek Triple Crown is the Messinian Gulf Swimming Marathon, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Swiss Triple Crown is the International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Isle Triple Crown is the Isle of Jersey circumnavigation, the Isle of Man, and the Isle of Wight circumnavigation.

The Russian Triple Crown is the St. Petersburg to Kotlin Island swim, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Florida Triple Crown is the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Dutch Triple Crown is the Ijseelmeerzwemmarathon, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Peruvian Triple Crown is the Travesia En Aguas Abiertas Por la Ruta de Olaya, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Danish Triple Crown is the Beltquerung solo, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Croatian Triple Crown is the Faros Marathon Swim, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Hong Kong Triple Crown is the Clean Half Marathon Swim Solo, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Alaskan Triple Crown is the Pennock Island Challenge Solo, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

But the traditional Triple Crown is and will remain the English Channel, the Catalina Channel and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim as its component swims.

That is over 70 miles of swimming any way you look at it.

Photo shows Triple Crown swimmer Nick Adams of Great Britain.

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A Double in the Triple Crown

Antonio (Toño) Argüelles of Mexico holds a unique position in the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming: he is the only person to do it twice.

He originally completed his first Triple Crown in 1999 and repeated it within one calendar year in 2009. Antonio completed the Triple Crown after his 7:56 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 7:56 in 1998, a 12:25 crossing of the Catalina Channel in July, 1999 and a 18:19 crossing of the English Channel in August, 1999.

Toño repeated his Triple Crown feat in 2009 when he completed a Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in June, a July crossing of the Catalina Channel and a English Channel crossing in 12:54 on September.

As Toño says, "We all have a channel to cross: for some, that is the English Channel; for others, it is 30 minutes of daily exercise; and for some, it is not to quit school." Toño's feats make it 36 athletes total in marathon swimming history to complete the English Channel, Catalina Channel and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim:

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Samantha Simon of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota joined the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming club after her Catalina Channel crossing on August 2nd which followed her August 17, 2009 English Channel crossing and her June 13th circumnavigation of Manhattan Island.

Samantha's inclusion in the Triple Crown Club makes it 36 athletes total (including Antonio Argüelles twice) in marathon swimming history to complete the English Channel, Catalina Channel and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim:

1. Allison Streeter (UK)
2. Taranath Narayan Shenoy (India)
3. Rick Barthels (USA)
4. Bob West (USA)
5. Peter Urrea (USA)
6. Carol Sing (USA)
7. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) (twice, in 1999 and 2009)
8. Nick Olmos-Lau (Mexico)
9. T. Scott Coleman (USA)
10. Rebecca Jackman (USA)
11. Kevin Murphy (UK)
12. Kathleen Wilson (USA)
13. Forrest Nelson (USA)
14. Andrew Hewitt (USA)
15. David Blanke (USA)
16. Elizabeth Fry (USA)
17. Marcia Cleveland (USA)
18. Bill Hoehn (USA)
19. Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey Island, UK)
20. James Pittar (Australia)
21. Scott Richards (USA)
22. Andrew "Alan" Voisard (USA)
23. Tina Neil (USA)
24. Rendy Lynn Opdycke (USA)
25. Michelle Davidson (USA)
26. Michelle Macy (USA)
27. Tom Hecker (USA)
28. Erica Moffett (USA)
29. Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA)
30. Michael Miller (USA)
31. Nick Adams (UK)
32. Elaine Kornbau Howley (USA)
33. Stephen Autry (USA)
34. Jeffrey Cleveland (USA)
35. Sakura Hingley (UK)
36. Samantha Simon (USA)

According to Dr. Scott Richards, Samantha had the third fastest turn-around time of all time. The fastest was San Diego's Rendy Opdyke who successfully completed all three swim in an incredibly short span of 35 days. Alan Voisard completed his Triple Crown in 3+ months and Dr. Richards completed his triumphant swims in 12 months and 16 days while the rest of the Triple Crowners completed their fea over the course of years.

Samantha started her Triple Crown on August 17th, 2009 and completed it on August 2nd, 2010 as its newest - and youngest (as a 20-year-old) - member of the elite club.

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A School for the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming

After reporting on Diana Nyad's upcoming swim from Cuba to Florida, we learned that Diana ('67) graduated from Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida which has long produced hundreds of great swimmers - and an amazing number of accomplished open water swimmers.

Triple Crown swimmers Scott Coleman ('72) and Dr. Scott Richards ('77), as well as Gail Rice ('74), have all swum the English Channel and other marathon swims.

Sometime this month, Scott's brother Dan Richards ('74) will also give the English Channel a go after completing the Catalina Channel in 2008. If Dan is successful, Scott and Dan will be the only the second set of siblings to have successfully crossed both the Catalina Channel and the English Channel (Lynne and David Cox were the first).

"I will have to get Dan to swim around Manhattan Island so we can be the only brothers to do the Triple Crown ," said Scott on his way to Dover to help his brother.

We know there are some established institutions of greater learning in England where many channel swimmers have matriculated, but on stateside, Pine Crest School offers a great education, a great environment and have born some pretty incredible channel swimmers...

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