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Friday, July 6, 2018

Never Too Old Around Manhattan Island

Courtesy of LongSwimsDB, Manhattan Island, New York.

On June 30th after 10 hours 53 minutes at the age of 67 years and 148 days, Pat Gallant-Charette became the oldest person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming and the oldest female* to complete a circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island in New York.

She completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel at the age of 60 in 2011, a crossing of the English Channel at the age of 66 in 2017, and the 20 Bridges Swim at the age of 67, breaking the previous record of 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.

The oldest women (over the age of 50) to successfully complete a 45.9 km circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island are as follows:

67 Years:
Pat Gallant-Charette on June 30th 2018 in 10 hours 53 minutes (20 Bridges)

63 Years:
Capri Djatiasmoro on July 12th 2014 in 10 hours 59 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)

62 Years:
Paula Yankauskas on July 22nd 2017 in 8 hours 28 minutes (20 Bridges)

59 Years:
Carol Sing on June 23rd 2001 in 9 hours 16 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)

58 Years:
Kimberly Rutherford on September 8th 2017 in 8 hours 52 minutes (20 Bridges)

57 Years:
Robin Rasmussen Rose on September 8th 2017 in 8 hours 41 minutes (20 Bridges)
Marilyn Korzekwa on July 12th 2014 in 10 hours 2 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)
Barbara Held on June 18th 2011 in 8 hours 12 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)
Lori Carena on June 18th 2011 in 8 hours 56 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)

56 Years:
Maureen Montgomery on October 1st 2016 in 8 hours 4 minutes (20 Bridges)
Kate Robarts on June 30th 2018 in 10 hours 9 minutes (20 Bridges)

55 Years:
Kathy Batts on June 16th 2015 in 9 hours 36 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)
Suzie Dods on July 28th 2015 in 8 hours 37 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)
Suzanne Heim-Bowen on June 14th 2014 in 7 hours 47 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)

53 Years:
Marty Munson on August 15th 2016 in 8 hours 45 seconds (20 Bridges)
Janine Serell on July 15th 2015 in 8 hours 57 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)
Ranie Pearce on July 12th 2014 in 9 hours 53 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)

52 Years:
Nancy Steadman-Martin on June 16th 2007 in 9 hours 44 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)
Phyllis Ho on August 24th 2013 in 8 hours 41 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)
Genevieve Mackwood on June 23rd 2012 in 8 hours 15 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)

51 Years:
Clair Harris on July 23rd 2017 in 8 hours 11 minutes (20 Bridges)
Anna Delozier on June 14th 2014 in 8 hours 9 minutes (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim)

50 Years:
Elizabeth Fry on September 18th 2009 in 11 hours 44 minutes (Manhattan Island solo swim)

* Ashby Harper completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on August 10th 1991 in 9 hours 24 minutes at the age of 74.

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