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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Statistics Of The Waikiki Roughwater Swim

Courtesy of Kaia Hedlund, Waikiki Roughwater Swim, California.

The Waikiki Roughwater Swim is one of the most historical and scenic mass participation ocean swims in the world.

Starting under the shadow of the Diamond Head volcano, the course takes swimmers of all ages and abilities across Waikiki Bay to the shores of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The course has stuck to its original distance of 2.4 miles, but the ocean conditions are always dynamic and changing, ranging from a fast current under glassy conditions pushing the swimmers towards the finish to lateral and oncoming currents and turbulence pushing swimmers away from the finish.

Historical statistics were recently updated by Kaia Hedlund as of the 2016 edition based on 45 races between 1970-2016 (no races in 2005 and 2015).

First Place Overall - Most Finishes
4 by Paul Stader 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980
3 by Alex Kostich 1994, 2002, 2006
3 by Brett Phillips 1974, 1975, 1979
3 by Malcolm Allen 1996, 1997, 1999
2 by Joe Lileikis 1981, 1982
2 by Christopher Moore 1987, 1990
2 by John Flanagan 2000, 2001
2 by Noa Sakamoto 2004, 2007
2 by Trent Grimsey 2008, 2009
2 by Rhys Mainstone 2012, 2013

First Woman Overall - Most Finishes
8 by Kaili Chun 1976-82, 1984 [shown above]
4 by Nadine Takai Day 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
4 by Luana Rowe 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
3 by Lisa Hazen Johns 1991, 1993, 1995
2 by Stacey Gartrell 1996, 1997
2 by Trudee Hutchinson 2001, 2003
2 by Becca Mann 2012, 2014

Fastest Winning Times (regardless of buoy placement, drafting rules, currents, etc.)
Male
1 Jonathon Ezer 1971 41:09
2 Daniel McLellan 1992 42:13
3 Trent Grimsey 2009 42:20
4 Darren Turner 1993 42:38
5 Noa Sakamoto 2007 43:37
6 George O'Brien 2011 43:40
7 Alex Kostich 2002 43:46
8 Rick Heltzel 1984 43:47
9 Sam Chesser 1972 43:49
10 Alex Kostich 2006 45:25

Female
1 Lisa Hazen Johns 1995 45:33
2 Lisa Hazen Johns 1991 46:00
3 Liz Hogan 1971 46:42
4 Kathy Shipman 1972 46:49
5 Nadine Takai Day 1988 46:55
6 Kaili Chun 1984 46:58
7 Dawn Heckman 2002 47:06
8 Luana Rowe 2009 47:21
9 Lisa Hazen Johns 1993 47:39
10 Stacey Gartrell 1997 48:44

Slowest First Place Overall Finish Times
1 Grant Cleland 2003 1:04:25
2 Jim Montgomery 1985 1:00:29
3 Ollie Signorini 2016 59:48

Most Top-3 Overall Finishes
*Alex Kostich 9 times 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2016
*John Flanagan 7 times 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2009
*Paul Stader 5 times 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
*Max Metzker 5 times 83,84,87,88,89
*Christopher Moore 5 times 82,87,88,90,92
*Noa Sakamoto 5 times 01,02,04,06,07

Most Top-3 Women Finishes
*Kaili Chun 9 times 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984
*Nadine Takai Day 8 times 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 2003, 2007
*Luana Rowe 6 times 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
*Lisa Hazen Johns 4 times 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995

Fastest Woman Finisher in Overall Results by Place closest to 1st overall finisher
*Nancy Ivy 1973 3rd Place Overall Finisher
*Kaili Chun 1976 3rd Place Overall Finisher
*Kathy Shipman 1972 5th Place Overall Finisher
*Julia Francisco 1975 5th Place Overall Finisher
*Kaili Chun 1979 5th Place Overall Finisher
*Kaili Chun 1980 5th Place Overall Finisher
*Nadine Takai Day 1988 5th Place Overall Finisher

Fastest Woman Finisher in Overall Results by Time closest to 1st overall finisher
*Lisa Hazen Johns 1995 6th overall (46:00) - 18 seconds behind 1st Overall finisher (45:42)
*Stacey Gartrell 1997 9th overall (48:44) - 24 seconds behind 1st Overall finisher (48:20)
*Karen Burton 1992 8th overall (55:57) - 48 seconds behind 1st Overall finisher (55:09)
*Nancy Ivy 1973 3rd overall (49:15) - 1 min. 18 sec. behind 1st Overall finisher (47:57)
*Nadine Takai Day 1988 5th overall (46:55) - 1 min. 23 sec. behind 1st Overall finisher (45:32)
*Kaili Chun 1976 3rd overall (47:47) - 1 min. 24 sec. behind 1st Overall finisher (46:23)

Closest Margin of Victory for First Overall
1 George O'Brien 2011 43:40
2 Codie Grimsey 43:40

1 Brett Phillips 1979 48:02
2 Tore Blichfeldt 48:03
3 Paul Stader 48:04

1 Rick Heltzel 1984 43:47
2 Max Metzker 43:48

1 Bobby Patten 1991 45:42
2 David Lundberg 45:43

Youngest First Place Overall Finisher
*Jonathon Ezer 1971 Age 15
*Les Wulk Barkley 1973 Age 15

Youngest First Woman Finisher
*Kathy Shipman 1972 Age 11

Oldest First Place Overall Finisher
*Alex Kostich 2006 Age 36

Oldest First Woman Finisher
*Marjorie Phillips 1970 Age 38

Most Top-3 Age Group Finishes
Men
*Ernie Leskovitz 1st-20x, 2nd-1x, 3rd-2x 23
*Rick Heltzel@ 1st-12x, 2nd-8x, 3rd-3x 23
*Mo Mathews 1st-14x, 2nd-6x, 3rd-1x 21
*Fred Trask 1st-8x, 2nd-5x, 3rd-4x 17
*Jim Welch 1st-8x, 2nd-6x 14
@28 finishes total: Overall Top 3 - 2 times - not counted in these totals

Women
*Betty Ann Cary Barnett Sallee 1st-33x, 2nd-2x, 3rd-1x 36
*Diane Stowell 1st-22x, 2nd-1x 23
*Sui-Lan Ellsworth 1st-3x, 2nd-10x, 3rd-4x 17
*Miki Yoshida David 1st-7x, 2nd-3x, 3rd-3x 13

Oldest Finishers*
Men
*Gerald O'Regan HI 88 1988
*H. William Burgess 84 2012

Women:
*Ruth Manfredi 78 2002
*Lori Auhll 78 2014

Youngest Finishers*
Boys
*Timothy Marr 7 1986
*Chris Bartels 7 1974
*Donald Chong 7 1972
*Davis Brahman 7 2016

Girls:
*Elise Baker 7 1999
*Anela Peneku 7 1978
*Terese D'Orazio 7 1973
*Robin Utu 7 1972
*there may be more swimmers but ages were not listed in results for some years

Top-25 Most Finishes 1970-2016
1 Ray Nakamoto 65 years 1976-2014 37
2 Betty Ann Cary Barnett Sallee 70 years 1972-2016 35
3 Alton Motobu 65 years 1980-2016 34
4 Bruce Clark 72 years 1975-2014 32
5 Joe Lileikis 53 years 1981-2016 31
6 Carl Kawauchi 71 years 1981-2014 30
6 Patrick Dixon 67 years 1985-2016 30
8 Rick Heltzel 59 years 1984-2016 29
8 Phyllis Quinn 60 years 1982-2016 29
10 Todd Presley 53 years 1987-2016 27
11 Diane Corn 58 years 1985-2016 25
11 Jill Buss 60 years 1988-2016 25
13 Robert Roper 71 years 1974-2010 24
13 Laurie Foster 61 years 1980-2016 24
13 Valisa Saunders 62 years 1981-2016 24
13 Russell Iwamura 55 years 1983-2016 24
17 Diane Stowell 72 years 1981-2006 23
17 Ernie Leskovitz 77 years 1991-2014 23
19 Sui-Lan Ellsworth 64 years 1988-2011 22
19 Linda Kaiser 59 years 1984-2009 22
19 Ellen Shockro 72 years 1987-2014 22
19 Lynn Jolly 50 years 1992-2016 22
19 Alex Kostich 46 years 1993-2016 22
24 Mo Mathews 77 years 1976-2004 21
25 Sharyn Klafehn 59 years 1982-2006 20
*Age as of last participation in Waikiki Roughwater Swim

Most Consecutive Finishes:
1 Patrick Dixon 1985-2016 30
2 Alton Motobu 1986-2016 29
3 Ray Nakamoto 1976-2002 27
4 Carl Kawauchi 1981-2006 25
4 Todd Presley 1990-2016 25

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