Global Marathon Swimming Awards - 2019

evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
edited June 2020 in Admin Communications

On the theory that late is better than never, nominations are now open for MSF Solo Swim of the Year - recognizing the most outstanding solo marathon swims of 2019.

To submit a nomination, please use the form on the page linked above, rather than commenting on this thread as in previous years. Nominees will be added to the list on that same page, so you can see who has been nominated so far. Anyone can submit nominations, not just Forum members.

I'm sorry this has been so long delayed. Marathon swims have been few and far between in 2020, so hopefully last year's swims aren't too far removed from our memories.

Details on the voting process and other award categories (including the Barra Award and Service to Marathon Swimming Award) will be announced in the near future.

Just a heads-up, the MSF Awards will be a bit different this year. There were a number of pain points in the process that accumulated over the past 7 years, so we're going to try a somewhat different approach.



  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited July 2020

    Public nominations for Solo Swim of the Year are now closed. The 17 nominees are listed here.

    MSFed members and contributors will vote to select five finalists. A final vote to select one honoree will be open to any verified marathon swimmer.

    The Barra Award is now the Barra List. 12 nominees were generated from an automated query on the LongSwims Database. The primary factor in the query is total distance swum; however, diversity of swim locations, current assistance, and type of swim (solo or race) are also considered. A list of verified swims for each nominee is displayed here.

    MSFed members and contributors will vote to select a final five Barra List honorees (so no single "winner" as in previous years).

    Details on the Service to Marathon Swimming Award will be announced later.

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin

    The finalists for Solo Swim of the Year are:

    To register to vote, fill out the form at
    All verified marathon swimmers are eligible.

  • MLambyMLamby Senior Member

    It won't let me vote...... :(

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited June 2020

    @MLamby said:
    It won't let me vote...... :(

    Not sure what you mean. The voting hasn't started yet. I will post here when it does.

    In general, for technical problems or bug reports, please PM me. Thanks.

  • Why must have vote for 2019?!?
    When we have samthing so Sarah Thomas 4 way EC!
    My opinion

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited June 2020

    The voting invitations for Solo Swim of the Year will go out on or around July 7. So, you have about a week to register. I will post again to this thread to confirm when the emails are sent.

    To ensure you receive the voting invitation, be sure to whitelist in your email program. And/or check your spam folder.

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin

    The Barra List recognizes the most prolific overall years of marathon swimming. The 2019 honorees are:

    • John Batchelder
    • Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist
    • Stephen Rouch
    • Sarah Thomas
    • John Zemaitis

    For details, see

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin

    If you registered to vote for Solo Swim of the Year, the invitations emails just went out.
    If you registered but did not receive a voting email, please email me, evan at marathonswimmers dot org.
    If you didn't register but still want to vote, I'll keep the registration form open for a few more days.

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited July 2020

    The 2019 Solo Swim of the Year is..... the monumental 4-way English Channel swim by MSF core group member, Forum charter member, and living #legend Sarah Thomas @ssthomas.

    This is the 3rd time in the past 4 years Sarah has been so recognized by this community (after Lake Champlain in 2017 and Lake Powell in 2016).

    Having followed Sarah's career from the beginning, swimming around Manhattan with her in 2011, and documenting a couple of her swims firsthand, I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of a sport with someone of Sarah's caliber leading the way. An inspiration on so many levels.

    Congratulations, as well, to the other Solo Swim finalists: Sarah Ferguson, Jessi Harewicz, Cameron Bellamy, and Becca Mann.

  • MLambyMLamby Senior Member

    I am in awe of this woman. She should not just be MSF solo swim of the year winner. She should be Time, People, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Whatever ATHLETE of the decade winner. What she does is seriously super human. Congratulations!!!

  • MLambyMLamby Senior Member

    I think her next feat should be a REAL swim from Cuba to the U.S. I would pay to be part of her crew. She IS legend.

  • Mlamby I concur. Sarah Thomas' superhuman feat for sure setting the bar so high...good luck to others! Aside from the incredible super human athletic feat, also what she went through with breast cancer....just boggles my mind. She still had her expanders in when she made THOSE (not that) epic crossings!! What a testament to an iron will, desire, dedication and extremely hard hard work (and a very understanding husband...have to give him a shout out as well because not easy sometimes picking up the pieces after a swim..(only going by my own experience here).

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