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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Held To A Higher Standard

Barbara Held has always been driven and set the highest standards for herself. In her youth, she became the first female firefighter in the city of Los Angeles, California.

In her retirement, she set about to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

One of the crew members of Penny Palfrey's Cuba attempt, Held surrounded herself with similarly focused marathon swimmers. Training daily year-round in the famed La Jolla Cove near San Diego, the native Californian always prepares well for her challenges.

As a result, she swam one of the fastest times in history among the Half Century Club members (see below) and became the 60th person in history today to join the exclusive club with her 12 hour 10 minute crossing of the English Channel.

The fastest Half Century Club members in the English Channel:

1. Otto Thaning (South Africa), 53, E/F in 10:29 in 1994
2. Jim Bayles (USA), 50, E/F in 10:59 in 2002
3. Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA), 50, E/F in 11:20 in 2004
4. Anne Cleveland (USA), 51, E/F in 11:33 in 2007
5. Dennis Dressel (USA), 52, E/F in 12:08 in 2003
6. Barbara Held (USA), 58, E/F in 12:10
7. Carol Sing (USA), 57, E/F in 12:32 in 1999
8. Dan Richards (USA), 53, E/F in 12:32 in 2010
9. Roger Finch (South Africa), 54, E/F in 12:39 in 2011
10. Paul Downie (Australia), 51 E/F in 12:39 in 2011
11. Michael Ball (England), 51, E/F in 12:55 in 2009
12. James "Doc" Counsilman (USA), 58, E/F in 13:07
13. Kevin Murphy (England), 56, E/F in 13:35 in 2005
14. Hugh Tucker (South Africa), 53, E/F in 13:37 in 2004
15. Ashby Harper (USA), 65, E/F in 13:52 in 1982

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