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Friday, January 1, 2016

Bridgette Hobart Janeczko Takes Her Success In Stages

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Bridgette Hobart Janeczko was honored as the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

And rightly so.

Not only was the business owner and race director active on dryland throughout the State of New York, but she was also relentless in the open water, both locally and internationally, and raised money for an unprecedented charity swim.

The 52-year-old race director for the Lake Hopatcong, a charity swim held annually in September, is also a CPA, CITP and President of Paradigm Technology Consulting in New Jersey.

After completing the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in western Australia in 8 hours 49 minutes, she participated in the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim (Stage 1 of 18.3 miles in 5:38 + Stage 2 of 7:00 (DNF) + Stage 3 of 13.2 miles in 4:42 + Stage 4 of 15.2 miles in 4:49 + Stage 5 of 19.8 miles in 8:01 + Stage 6 of 15.7 miles in 3:33 + Stage 7 of 18.1 miles in 5:26).

But she culminated her year with the pioneering Nazareth College Finger Lakes Challenge (also referred to as The 5 Majors & The 4 Minors Swimming for a Cause), an 9-stage 156-mile solo swim. She started the adventure on July 11th and ended on September 26th as she earned more and more attention and supporters with every mile swum. Her event included two challenges within the New York Finger Lakes: the Majors and the Minors. The Majors includes the lakes over 11 miles, ranging from 15.5 to 38 miles each with Canandaigua, Keuka, and Skaneateles in July and 38-mile Cayuga Lake and 38-mile Seneca Lake in August. The 4 Minors includes the lakes under 11 miles that she crossed over the weekends in September 2015.

She completed each one of the stages in the New York Finger Lakes: 15.5-mile Stage 1 in Canandaigua in 7:38 + 19.9-mile Stage 2 in Keuka in 9:07 + 16-mile Stage 3 in Skaneateles in 7:27 + 37.9-mile Stage 4 in Cayuga in 20:33 + 37.9-mile Stage 5 in Seneca in 24:31 + 4.5-mile Stage 6 in Honeoye in 2:02 + 8.1-mile Stage 7 in Conesus in 3:47 + 6.2-mile Stage 8 in Otisco in 2:02 + 11.1-mile Stage 9 in Owasco in 5:57, each with a large smile and heartfelt appreciation for her support team and growing number of fans.

With her year-long performance as she balanced work, family and organization of her charity swims, Bridgette Hobart Janeczko exemplifies exactly what a World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year does. She not only embodies the spirit of open water swimming and possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, but she also very positively influenced the world of open water swimming and everyone she touched with her swims and personality.

The final 2015 WOWSA Award voting results:

1. Bridgette Hobart Janeczko (U.S.A.): 13,735 votes
2. Tita Llorens (Spain): 4,983 votes
3. Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.): 428 votes
4. Pilar Geijo (Argentina): 259 votes
5. Alex Cape (Canada): 183 votes
6. Rachele Bruni (Italy): 143 votes
7. Chloë McCardel 8. Elina Makïnen (Finland): 81 votes
9. Renata Novakova (Czech Republic): 61 votes
10. Lorna Cochran (South Africa): 47 votes
11. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands): 27 votes
12. Aurélie Muller (France): 24 votes

Total votes: 20,059

Bridgette Hobart Janeczko join the previous winners of the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Award:

* 2008 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year: Edith van Dijk of the Netherlands
* 2009 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year: Poliana Okimoto of Brazil
* 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year: Anne Marie Ward of Ireland
* 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year: Pilar Geijo of Argentina
* 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year: Annaleise Carr of Canada
* 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year: Olga Kozydub of Russia
* 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year: Nataliya Fatyanova, M.D. of Russia
* 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year: Bridgette Hobart Janeczko of U.S.A.

The 2015 WOWSA Awards included:

* World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year: Bridgette Hobart Janeczko of the U.S.A.
* World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González of Mexico
* World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year: Andrea Fazio of Italy
* World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year: World Ice Swimming Championships in Murmansk, Russia

The 2015 WOWSA Awards recipients will be honored at the Big Chill Swim International Winter Swimming World Cup on February 5th 2016 at the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel and Marina in the Lake District's Windermere, England. Hosted by Chillswim and Colin Hill, the 2014 and 2015 recipients will be presented their awards by Lewis Pugh, United Nations Patron of the Oceans.

The 2014 WOWSA Award recipients include Estonia's Henri Kaarma as World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, Russia's Dr. Nataliya Fatyanova as World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, Russia's Alexandr Brylin and Grigorii Prokopchuk as World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and Ireland's Step Out Of The Ordinary Blue Letter Campaign as World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year). The World Open Water Swimming Awards tickets are available here.

Hobart is shown above with Claire deBoer, the first person to swim across Cayuga Lake in the New York Finger Lakes.

Copyright © 2015 by World Open Water Swimming Association


  1. Congratulations Bridgette for a job well done.
    Dr Frank and Joyce Gilroy
    Binghamton, NY & Jupiter, FL

    1. Many thanks, Dr. & Mrs. Gilroy. I really appreciate your support. I hope all is well with you and your family. I'll tell my folks hi for you. Happy New Year and thanks so much for your support! Bridgette


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