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

  2. Yes, she was the 32nd person in history to complete this feat. Her information can be seen - and added to - here:

  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.