CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - 2012 Solo Swim of the Year (female)

evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
edited November 2015 in General Discussion
Please submit your nominations here for the outstanding solo marathon swim by a female in 2012.

This award is not intended to honor the most popular, famous, or self-promoting swimmer. It is intended to celebrate the most impressive swimming achievement of the year.

Each forum member is limited to one nomination per category.

To submit a private nomination, send a PM to the Admins ( @evmo and/or @loneswimmer) and we will submit it on your behalf.

Please include as many details as possible about the swim you are nominating. The more details you include, the stronger the nomination. If there are details you don't know, other forum members are encouraged to fill them in.

Possible swim details include (but are not limited to):
  • Name of swimmer
  • Description of swim
    - body of water
    - start location
    - finish location
    - date
    - time to completion
  • Sanctioning organization (if applicable)
  • Name of independent observer (if no sanctioning organization)
  • Other supporting evidence, possibly including links to news reports, etc.
The following types of swims are not eligible to be nominated as Solo Swim of the Year:
  • Relays
  • Stage swims
  • Swims shorter than 10 kilometers
  • Swims without an independent observer
  • Uncompleted swims (DNF's)
  • Swims that violate the generally accepted rules of traditional marathon swimming, e.g.,
    - Use of any swim costume or device that improves speed, buoyancy, or heat retention (beyond that provided by a single porous, textile swimsuit, single non-neoprene cap, goggles, grease, and earplugs).
    - Supportive contact with people or watercraft during the swim.
If you agree with a nomination and want to "second" it, click the "Like" button on that nomination. The number of "likes" a nomination receives will be taken into consideration by the finalist selection committee as a measure of support from the forum community.

Unlike original nominations, "likes" are not limited to one per member, per category.

Nominations will remain open at least through the end of Sunday, November 4, 2012.

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  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited October 2012
    Tina Neill - San Clemente Island to California mainland.

    - 52 statute miles. Longest-ever solo swim on the Pacific coast of the US mainland.
    - First-ever successful solo swim off this island.
    - Final time 28 hours, 41 minutes.
    - Route: LCI Point on San Clemente Island, around the west tip of Catalina Island, finish at Terranea Cove near Point Vicente.
    - Date: September 4 - 6, 2012
    - Sanctioned by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
    - Observers: Don Van Cleve, Carol Sing

  • JDYJDY Member
    Tina also swam MIMS on 6/23/12 Backstroke in 8 hrs, 37 min 5 sec placing 25th. Sanctioned by NYC Swim.
  • AnneAnne La Jolla CA USACharter Member
    Seconding Tina's nomination! Thank you, Evan!
  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member
    I would like to 'third' @evmo's nomination of Tina Neill. Aside from her incredible achievements listed above, I just wanted to add how much of a pleasure it was to speak with her at MIMS this past June! Loved the fact she rocked out the backstroke around Manhattan.. GO TINA!
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • KNicholasKNicholas ArizonaCharter Member
    Tina's solo from San Clemente is really off the hook. I was lucky enough to have Tina Neill call me for my initial "interview" prior to my Catalina swim over a year ago. I have enjoyed her friendship and encouragement ever since. For me, she embodies what open water swimming is all about. I would not have attempted some challenges without her encouragement. A great year of swimming for Tina but more importantly a wonderful person to know.
  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited October 2012
    OK, we all know Tina is awesome, but there have been LOTS of other amazing marathon swims by women this year.

    They deserve to be recognized. I have already used up my one-nomination-per-member allotment, so...?
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandCharter Member
    edited October 2012
    From a private nomination:

    Forum member Chloe McCardel ( @chloemccardeldotcom )

    Two- way English Channel, September 6th/7th.

    19 hours 20 mins,pilot Reg Brickell on Viking Princess, with the Channel Swimming Association

    This was Chloe's second Two-way, (and second three-way attempt)!

  • smithsmith Huntsville, AlabamaSenior Member
    edited October 2012
    14-year-old Annaleise Carr's crossing of Lake Ontario in 26 hours 41 minutes on August 19th. She became the youngest person ever to cross the conventional, 51km Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto route. Despite high waves and water temperatures reportedly dropping to 13 degrees celsius at times, she finished the swim with a smile on her face.

    In the process, she raised over $200,000 for Camp Trillium, a summer camp for children with cancer.

    It is noteworthy that only around 5 dozen people have successfully crossed Lake Ontario. On average, it takes about 49% longer to cross LO than the English Channel. John Kinsella still holds the LO world record with a time of 13:49. He called it "the toughest thing I've ever attempted."

    Keep moving forward.

  • dc_in_sfdc_in_sf San FranciscoCharter Member
    edited October 2012
    Kim Chambers - Cook Strait

    The thing that is really impressive about Kim's swims this year is that she is only a recent convert to swimming, having picked it up for rehabilitation for a leg injury a few years ago, and she only really started training formally last year. To go from that sort of base to doing some of the tougher marathon swims in the world is incredible.

    Many on this forum and in the world of marathon swimming have swum all their lives, and have swim speeds that I can only dream of. Swimmers like Kim show that through dedication than even those of us coming at this endeavour later in life can achieve remarkable things. I know that her achievements (and failures) are large part of why I am pursuing my own goals in this sport.

    [edited to pick one of Kim's two swims this year] - open water adventures of a very ordinary swimmer

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited October 2012
    A private nomination:

    Pat Gallant-Charette: Tsugaru Strait crossing in 19 hours, 36 minutes on 13 September 2012.

    Oldest person (61) known to have completed this swim.

    Route: Tappi Misaki (Honshu) to Hokkaido (exact location unknown). Sanctioned by the Tsugaru Strait Swimming Association, observed by Isao Makabe, escorted by Capt. Kenji Kadowaki.

    Links NOTE: The official shortest-line distance of a Tsugaru Strait crossing is 19.5km (12.1 statute miles), though Pat took a longer route (approx. 33 statute miles) to align her course with the strong Tsugaru Current.
  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited October 2012
    A nomination from @ScottZornig, who is a forum member but is temporarily unable to access his account:

    Fiona Goh, 13 years old, Anacapa Island to mainland (at Silver Strand Beach).

    - Youngest female ever to complete a channel crossing in California (breaking 14-year old Stacy Frezonki's record from 1971).
    - 10 hours, 10 minutes, 18 seconds on 23 September 2012.
    - Sanctioned by the SBCSA and observed by Scott Zornig.

  • rxleakemrxleakem Southwestern Vermont, USAMember
    I second the nomination for Pat Gallant-Charette. Reading of her attempts at the EC spurred my interest in OW Swimming and prompted me to train for the Peaks to Portland swim (in her backyard) three years ago. Pat is an amazing woman and a great inspiration as she completed Tsugaru on her second attempt! =D>


  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    Last-minute private nomination for Grace van der Byl's new world record in the Catalina Channel. 7 hours, 27 minutes, 25 seconds on 5 October 2012. Doctor's Cove (Catalina) to Point Vicente (mainland). Sanctioned by the CCSF and escorted by the Outrider. 16 minutes under Karen Burton's record from 1994.

    Nominations will close at 11:59pm GMT this Sunday. If you have someone in mind, now's the time!
  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    Last-minute private nomination for Abby Nunn ( @swimmergirl23), who won the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim this year by 17 minutes.

    Ed. Note: This was the third-largest margin of victory in the 30-year history of MIMS.


    Nominations will close at 11:59pm GMT this Sunday. If you have someone in mind, now's the time!
  • nvr2latenvr2late Central VirginiaCharter Member
    @ evmo - I second your nomination for Abby!
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