Courtesy of Triple Dip, Coney Island, New York.

The 2017 Triple Dip in Coney Island in New York was held on September 16th, organized by the Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers.

In addition to CIBBOWS‘ annual Breezy Point 5K, Grimaldo’s Mile, 10-mile Verrazano Bridge to Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge test swims, and Veteran’s Day Swim, the Triple Dip event offered swimmers a choice of three distances: 3 miles, 2 miles or 1 mile, either swimming in bioprene or neoprene.

Top 10 1-Mile Results
1 Thayer Thompson (43) 21:07
2 Rodolfo Nunez (47) 25:39
3 Parker Chea (17) 25:42
4 Rory Chea (15) 25:44 [first woman)
5 Laura Pauwels (29) 31:30 [second woman]
6 Alexandra Lee (42) 33:54 [third woman]
7 Peter Mannino (28) 34:00
8 Jenny Lamb (36) 34:27
9 Roger Herr (53) 35:13
10 Douglas Vitarelli (51) 35:35

Top 10 2-Mile Bioprene Results
1 Elia Frid (29) 1:01:11
2 Vanessa Valdes (59) 1:01:17 [first woman]
3 Monica Robles (36) 1:11:34 [second woman]
4 Karen Berckmann (43) 1:12:45 [third woman]
5 George Babiak (61) 1:15:41
6 Caroline Mcneill (45) 1:18:57
7 Lisa Roiter (49) 1:19:40
8 Gary Ojeda (42) 1:20:17
9 Alison Rogers (47) 1:20:50
10 Katarzyna Falkowska (35) 1:32:05

Top 10 3-Mile Bioprene Results
1 Stephen Rouch (37) 1:09:39
2 John Chambers (61) 1:14:30
3 Bethamy Aronow (52) 1:21:29 [first female]
4 Mark Spratt (62) 1:21:29
5 Catherine Hartford (30) 1:21:54 [second female]
6 Martha Wood (54) 1:21:55 [third female]
7 Anna Armentrout (45) 1:23:59
8 Abigail Fairman (40) 1:26:26
9 Louise Twining-Ward (48) 1:30:08
10 Courtney Paulk (47) 1:34:42

The 3-mile winner, Stephen Rouch, had quite a year in 2017 and was one of the people nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year among an impressive and courageous group of individuals with exceptional exploits, histories and lifestyles.

The nominees are as follows:

1. Barbados Open Water Swimming Festival with Kristina Evelyn & Zary Evelyn (Barbados)
2. Khitindra Chandra Baishya (Bangladesh)
3. Sven Eckardt (Germany)
4. India National Open Long Distance Swimming Championship Escort Rowers (India)
5. Margarita Llorens Bagur (Spain)
6. Igor Lukin (Russia)
7. Madswimmer by Jean Craven (South Africa)
8. Marc-Antoine Olivier (France)
9. Stephen Rouch (USA)
10. Jason Snell (UK)
11. Christof Wandratsch (Germany)
12. Wild Swimming Brothers (Great Britain)

Rouch started his 2017 season extremely strong, finishing first overall in the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona completing the 13.3 km, 14.1 km, 22.8 km and 9 km lake crossings in 16 hours 48 minutes in defending his 2016 title at the four-day stage swim in Arizona.

The 37-year-old software developer who swam at Vassar College then became the fastest man in history to complete all 7 stages of the 193 km 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in a cumulative time of 35 hours 28 minutes. He then tied for second overall at the Swim The Suck in Tennessee in 3 hours 30 minutes, completed the 14.8 Chattanooga Swim Fest in Tennessee, won the men’s division at the 25 km Border Buster cross-border swim across Canadian province of Quebec and the American state of Vermont, finished sixth in the 10 km Swim to the Moon in Michigan, won the 3-mile Triple Dip in Coney Island in New York, and finally culminated his season by setting a course record in the 30 km Three Rivers Marathon Swim in Pennsylvania, tying with John Humenik.

His year-round focus on training, traveling and competing in open water competitions and marathon swims around the United States while being among the most humble and kindly collegial swimmers in the United States.

To register and vote for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year here.

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