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. Bob West (U.S.A.)
5. Peter Urrea (U.S.A.)
6. Carol Sing (U.S.A.)
7. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) (twice, in 1999 and 2009)
8. Nick Olmos-Lau (Mexico)
9. T. Scott Coleman (U.S.A.)
10. Rebecca Jackman-Beeler (U.S.A.)
11. Kevin Murphy (UK)
12. Kathleen Wilson (U.S.A.)
13. Forrest Nelson (U.S.A.)
14. Andrew Hewitt (U.S.A.)
15. David Blanke (U.S.A.)
16. Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.)
17. Marcia Cleveland (U.S.A.)
18. Bill Hoehn (U.S.A.)
19. Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey)
20. James Pittar (Australia)
21. Scott Richards (U.S.A.)
22. Andrew 'Alan' Voisard (U.S.A.)
23. Tina Neill (U.S.A.) (twice in 2008 and 2012, both backstroke and freestyle)
24. Rendy Lynn Opdycke (U.S.A.)
25. Michelle Davidson (U.S.A.)
26. Michelle Macy (U.S.A.)
27. Tom Hecker (U.S.A.)
28. Erica Moffett (U.S.A.)
29. Nancy Steadman-Martin (U.S.A.)
30. Michael Miller (U.S.A.)
31. Nick Adams (UK)
32. Elaine Kornbau Howley (U.S.A.)
33. Stephen Autry (U.S.A.)
34. Jeffrey Cleveland (U.S.A.)
35. Sakura Hingley (UK)
36. Samantha Simon (U.S.A.)
37. Jim Barber (U.S.A.)
38. Craig Lenning (U.S.A.)
39. Mallory Mead (U.S.A.)
40. Dave Barra (U.S.A.)
41. Penny Palfrey (Australia) (twice, both in 2010 and 2015)
42. Dan Richards (U.S.A.)
43. Tobey Saracino (U.S.A.)
44. Yesenia Cabrera (Guatemala)
45. Michael Renford (Australia)
46. Mo Siegel (U.S.A.)
47. Anthony Zamora (U.S.A.)
48. Brad McVetta (U.S.A.)
49. Jaime Caballero (Spain)
50. William "Davis" Lee (Bahamas)
51. James Fitzpatrick (U.S.A.)
52. Darren Miller (U.S.A.)
53. Miquel Suñer Comalat (Spain)
54. Eddie Irwin (Ireland)
55. Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain)
56. Katie Benoit (U.S.A./Germany)
57. Hendrik Meerman (U.S.A.)
58. Sarah Thomas (U.S.A.)
59. Dan Boyle (U.S.A.)
60. Barbara Held (U.S.A.)
61. Mariel Hawley (Mexico)
62. Dave Smith (U.S.A.)
63. Cindy Walsh (U.S.A.)
64. Jaimie Monahan (U.S.A.)
65. Ned Denison (U.S.A.)
66. Gabor Molnar (Hungary)
67. Roger Finch (South Africa)
68. Lance Ogren (U.S.A.)
69. Katy Dooley (U.S.A.)
70. Thomas W. Kofler (Italy)
71. Kent Nicholas (U.S.A.)
72. Barbara Pellick (Australia)
73. Nial Funchion (U.S.A.)
74. Karen Throsby (UK)
75. James Penrose (UK)
76. Jim Neitz (U.S.A.)
77. Steven Green (U.S.A.)
78. Ron Collins (U.S.A.)
79. Courtney Moates Paulk (U.S.A.)
80. Javier Gutierrez (Mexico)
81. Samuel Neri (Mexico)
82. Ceinwen Roberts (Australia)
83. Graeme Lowe (Jersey)
84. Lisa Delaurentis (Australia)
85. Gordon Gridley (U.S.A.)
86. Fionnuala Walsh (Ireland)
87. John Walker (U.S.A.)
88. Joelle Beard (U.S.A.)
89. Doug McConnell (U.S.A.)
90. David Livengood (U.S.A.)
91. Ranie Crowley Pearce (U.S.A.)
92. Marilyn Korzekwa (Canada)
93. Ciaran Byrne (Ireland)
94. Anthony McCarley (U.S.A.)
95. Scott Lautman (U.S.A.)
96. Marcy MacDonald (U.S.A.)
97. Daniel Robinson (U.S.A.)
98. Lachlan Hinds (Australia)
99. Jordan Waxman (Canada)
100. Charlotte Samuels (U.S.A.)
101. Loretta Cox (UK)
102. Timothy Donovan (UK)
103. Bridgette Hobart Janeczko (U.S.A.)
104. Miguel Guillermo Campero García (Mexico)
105. Colleen Blair (Scotland)
106. Helen Beveridge (Scotland)
107. Rohans More (India)
108. Jorge Crivilles Villanueva (Spain)
109. Pete Tanham (Australia)
110. Chris Burke (U.S.A.)
111. Suzie Dods (U.S.A.)
112. Daniel Fung (U.S.A.)
113. Thomas Bell (U.S.A.)
114. Abhejali Bernardova (Czech Republic)
115. Matthias Kaßner (Germany)
116. Frank Levy (U.S.A.)
117. Tori Gorman (Australia)
118. James Clifford (U.S.A.)
119. Yuta Tsuboi (Japan)
120. Shubham Dhananjay Vanmali (India)
121. William Shipp (U.S.A.)
122. Dr. Mark Smitherman (U.S.A.)
123. Patti Bauernfeind (U.S.A.)
124. James Tout (U.S.A.)
125. Bryan Avery (Scotland)
126. Victoria Moore (U.K.)

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.

* Dave 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.

  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.

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