Sunday, August 8, 2010

Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming List

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

1. Alison Streeter (UK)
2. Taranath Narayan Shenoy (India)
3. Rick Barthels (U.S.A.)
4. Dailza Damas Ribeiro (Brazil)
5. Bob West (U.S.A.)
6. Peter Urrea (U.S.A.)
7. Carol Sing (U.S.A.)
8. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) (twice, in 1999 and 2009)
9. T. Scott Coleman (U.S.A.)
10. Nick Olmos-Lau (Mexico)
11. Kevin Murphy (UK)
12. Rebecca Jackman-Beeler (U.S.A.)
13. Kathleen Wilson (U.S.A.)
14. David Blanke (U.S.A.)
15. Marcia Cleveland (U.S.A.)
16. Andrew Hewitt (U.S.A.)
17. Bill Hoehn (U.S.A.)
18. Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey)
19. James Pittar (Australia)
20. Forrest Nelson (U.S.A.)
21. Scott Richards (U.S.A.)
22. Tina Neill (U.S.A.) (twice in 2008 and 2012, both backstroke and freestyle)
23. Andrew 'Alan' Voisard (U.S.A.)
24. Rendy Lynn Opdycke (U.S.A.)
25. Michelle Davidson (U.S.A.)
26. Nancy Steadman-Martin (U.S.A.)
27. Erica Moffett (U.S.A.)
28. Michael Miller (U.S.A.)
29. Michelle Macy (U.S.A.)
30. Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.) (twice, one standard in 2005 and one Reverse Triple Crown in 2016)
31. Tom Hecker (U.S.A.)
32. Nick Adams (UK)
33. Elaine Kornbau Howley (U.S.A.)
34. Stephen Autry (U.S.A.)
35. Anthony Zamora
35. Sakura Hingley (UK)
36. Samantha Simon (U.S.A.)
37. Jeffrey Cleveland (USA)
38. Samantha Simon (USA)
39. Craig Lenning (U.S.A.)
40. Jim Barber (U.S.A.)
41. Mallory Mead (U.S.A.)
42. David Barra (U.S.A.)
43. Penny Palfrey (Australia) (twice, both in 2010 and 2015)
44. Dan Richards (U.S.A.)
45. Tobey Saracino (U.S.A.)
46. Yesenia Cabrera (Guatemala)
47. Michael Renford (Australia)
48. Mo Siegel (U.S.A.)
49. Brad McVetta (U.S.A.)
50. Jaime Caballero (Spain)
51. James Fitzpatrick (U.S.A.)
52. Darren Miller (U.S.A.)
53. William "Davis" Lee (Bahamas)
54. Miquel Suñer Comalat (Spain)
55. Eddie Irwin (Ireland)
56. Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain)
57. Katie Benoit (U.S.A./Germany)
58. Hendrik Meerman (U.S.A.)
59. Sarah Thomas (U.S.A.)
60. Dan Boyle (U.S.A.)
61. Dave Smith (U.S.A.)
62. Barbara Held (U.S.A.)
63. Mariel Hawley (Mexico)
64. Cindy Walsh (U.S.A.)
65. Jaimie Monahan (U.S.A.)
66. Ned Denison (U.S.A.)
67. Roger Finch (South Africa)
68. Gabor Molnar (Hungary)
69. Lance Ogren (U.S.A.)
70. Kathleen Dooley (U.S.A.)
71. Marcy MacDonald (USA)
72. Scott Lautman (USA)
73. Thomas W. Kofler (Italy)
74. Kent Nicholas (U.S.A.)
75. Barbara Pellick (Australia)
76. Nial Funchion (U.S.A.)
77. Steven Green (U.S.A.)
78. Jim Neitz (U.S.A.)
79. Karen Throsby (UK)
80. James Penrose (UK)
81. Graeme Lowe (Jersey)
82. Jesus Samuel Neri Gutierrez (Mexico)
83. Javier Gutierrez (Mexico)
84. Ron Collins (U.S.A.)
85. Courtney Moates Paulk (U.S.A.)
86. Ceinwen Roberts (Australia)
87. Lisa Delaurentis (Australia)
88. Gordon Gridley (U.S.A.)
89. David Livengood (U.S.A.)
90. Doug McConnell (U.S.A.)
91. John Walker (U.S.A.)
92. Joelle Beard (U.S.A.)
93. Fionnuala Walsh (Ireland)
94. Marilyn Korzekwa (Canada)
95. Ranie Crowley Pearce (U.S.A.)
96. Ciaran Byrne (Ireland)
97. Anthony McCarley (U.S.A.)
98. Daniel Robinson (U.S.A.)
99. Lachlan Hinds (Australia)
100. Jordan Waxman (Canada)
101. Loretta Cox (UK)
102. Charlotte Samuels (U.S.A.)
103. Timothy Donovan (UK)
104. Miguel Guillermo Campero García (Mexico)
105. Bridgette Hobart Janeczko (U.S.A.)
106. Colleen Blair (Scotland)
107. Helen Beveridge (Scotland)
108. Rohans More (India)
109. Jorge Crivilles Villanueva (Spain)
110. Chris Burke (U.S.A.)
111. Victoria Moore (UK)
112. Suzie Dods (U.S.A.)
113. Daniel Fung (U.S.A.)
114. Thomas Bell (U.S.A.)
115. Pete Tanham (Australia)
116. Frank Levy (U.S.A.)
117. Abhejali Bernardova (Czech Republic)
118. Matthias Kaßner (Germany)
119. Tori Gorman (Australia)
120. Yuta Tsuboi (Japan)
121. James Clifford (U.S.A.)
122. Shubham Dhananjay Vanmali (India)
123. James Tout (U.S.A.)
124. William Shipp (U.S.A.)
125. Patti Bauernfeind (U.S.A.)
126. Dr. Mark Smitherman (U.S.A.)
127. Bryan Avery (Scotland)
128. Michael Johmann (U.S.A.)
129. Kevin Shinnick (USA)
130. Javier Mérida Prieto (Spain)
131. Ernie Hoftyzer (U.S.A.)
132. Marty Filipowski (Australia)
133. Tracy Clark (New Zealand)
134. Patrick McKnight (USA) [within 34 days]
135. Dean Summers (Australia)
136. Michael Hanisch (Australia)
137. Rachael Elkaim (Australia)
138. Nora Toledano Cadena (Mexico)
139. Robert Fernald (USA)
140. Arlene Gonzalez Perez (Mexico)
141. Stephen Junk (Australia)
142. Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica (Spain)
143. Kristian Rutford (USA)
144. Samir Barel (Brazil)
145. Daniel Martinez Lobo (Spain)
146. Dan Canta (Romania)
147. Prabhat Koli (India)
148. Benjamin Freeman (Australia)
149. Jeff Everett (USA)
150. Julie Isbill (Australia)
151. Clair Harris (UK)
152. Boguslaw Ogrodnik (Poland)
153. Rebecca Nevitt (USA)
154. Oliver Wilkinson (Australia)
155. Kevin Cassidy (Australia)
156. Ian Down (UK)
157. Christian Ayala Espinosa (Mexico)
158. Shane Moraghan (Ireland)
159. Joe Zemaitis (USA)
160. Carol Cashell (Ireland)
161. Jaime Lomelin Gavaldon (Mexico)
162. Martyn Webster (UK)
163. Ion Lazarenco (Moldavia)
164. Victoria Cox (Australia)
165. Dina Levačić (Croatia)
166. Lynton Mortensen (Australia)
167. Ryan Utsumi (USA)
168. Kathy Batts (UK)

Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming Trivia

* The oldest person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming is James Clifford who completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel at the age of 62, the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim at the age of 62, and a crossing of the English Channel at the age of 63.

* According to Dr. Scott Richards, Rendy Lynn Opdycke achieved the fastest turnaround - in an incredibly short span of 35 days.

* David Barra completed his Triple Crown in less than 3 months.

* Alan Voisard completed his Triple Crown just over 3 months.

* Lachlan Hinds was the youngest (as an 18-year-old) member until it was broken by 16-year-old teenager Charlotte Samuels.

* 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, but his swim around Manhattan Island was not authenticated by NYC Swim.

Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming Certificate of Merit

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame issues Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming Certificates of Merit and place each person's record of achievement in the Hall of Fame's archives. "They look stunning," says Hall of Fame inductee Ned Denison. "I received one in the official International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame blue binder."

"When people do the Triple Crown, they are in a very special club...only 101 people in history have earned this recognition," explains Steven Munatones, Vice President of the Hall Fame. "The fee is US$50 which is a donation to help offset running the Federation. If swimmers are interested in receiving their Certificate of Merit, they can contact Dale Petranech, the IMSHOF secretary and inductee in both the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame at"

Photo shows Kevin Murphy, #11 Triple Crowner, and Ned Denison, #65 Triple Crowner, both members of the board of directors of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Copyright © 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 by World Open Water Swimming Association


  1. Elaine Howley completed the Triple Crown in 10+ months. Catalina on Sept 22, 2008; MIMS in July 2009; EC August 4, 2009.

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  3. Hello,
    researching on a greek swimmer named Jason Zirganos I found, that he may indeed be the first Triple Crown swimmer:

    What do you think?
    Kind regards from Heidelberg, Germany
    Armin Wunder

  4. Jason Zirganos did not complete the circumnavigation of Manhattan Island. This was confirmed by the historians of the NYC Swim, the governing body of swims around Manhattan Island.

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