Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Jaimie Monahan just returned home to New York City from another one of her many international competitions in time to hear about the Marathon Swimmers Federation honoring her with its Barra Award for Best Overall Year.

The Barra Award for Best Overall Year is named after David Barra and is awarded to the male and female marathon swimmers who are recognized for the most impressive year of marathon swimming. The Barra Award considers an individual’s full body of work in the sport, including swims, event organizing, community-building, leadership, and other contributions.

Flying in and out of New York, the 37-year-old Monahan completed marathon swims in Lake Geneva in Switzerland (69 km, Geneva to Montreux,), Lake Como in Italy (50 km), Lake George in New York (52 km), Lago d’Orta in Italy (27 km), around Absecon Island in Atlantic City, New Jersey (30 km), around Manhattan Island in New York City (46 km), Stage #7 of 8 Bridges Swim down the Hudson River, and the 27 km Rose Pitonof Swim in New York City.

Monahan, while working full-time in Manhattan and telecommuting from around the world, also completed a 4.6-mile swim in Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, finished an ice mile in Iceland, and was the overall winner of the 2016 International Winter Swimming Association World Cup. The former age-group and collegiate pool swimmer also currently serves as President of the Lake Geneva Swimming Association and is recognized as one of the most prolific and personable ambassadors of the sport.

For more information on the Marathon Swimmers Federation awards, visit here.

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