Courtesy of Evan Morrison, Jane Cairns, Dave Van Mouwerik, Lynn Kubasek, Cherié Edborg, Peter Hayden, and Tanya MacLean of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, Channel Islands, California.

At the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association banquet held after the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation banquet, 16 swimmers and 2 relays will be celebrated and honored.

The celebration will show Crossing the Channel, a 25-minute documentary film of Rachel Horn Anacapa swim in 2016.

Evan Morrison writes in the SBCSA October newsletter, “We sanctioned 16 successful solo swims this season, with only 2 DNFs. Both are new records for the association. We saw 13 swims along the popular 12-mile route between Anacapa Island and Oxnard; as well as several rare and unprecedented swims.

We saw new course records for both the fastest and the longest-duration Anacapa swims (nearly 16 hours).

All considered — an incredible year of channel swimming, filled with inspiring feats of endurance, athleticism, and courage.”

Unprecedented Swims by SBCSA Pioneers:
* Ken Mignosa – first double 65.98 km two-way crossing between Santa Cruz Island and the California mainland in 29 hours 22 minutes
* Dr. Caroline Block – first woman (and second overall) to swim 44.3 km from Santa Rosa Island to Goleta on the California mainland in 20 hours 36 minutes
* Dave Loeffle – first 34 km San Clemente Island-to-Catalina Island swim in 15 hours 29 minutes
* San Fran Ma’ams – first relay circumnavigation of Anacapa Island in 7 hours 23 minutes by Cathy Harrington, Meg Omainsky, and Alice Ma

Course Records:
* Abigail Fairman – 19.6 km swim from mainland to Anacapa Island in 5 hours 30 minutes
* Jim McConica – 19.6 km swim from mainland to Anacapa Island in 5 hours 5 minutes at the age of 67

Age Records:
* Marilyn Korzekwa – oldest woman at the age of 61 to swim 30.6 km from Santa Cruz Island to mainland
* Susan Petro – oldest woman at the age of 68 to swim 19.6 km from Anacapa Island to mainland

Longest Duration Records:
* Marilyn Korzekwa – longest 30.6 km Santa Cruz swim in 18 hours 45 minutes
* Michelle Squyer – longest 19.6 km Anacapa Island swim in 11 hours 53 minutes
* Susan Petro – longest 19.6 km Anacapa Island swim in 15 hours 53 minutes

Additional Anacapa Swims:
* David Rich in 7 hours 53 minutes from Anacapa Island to mainland
* Carly Miller in 7 hours 19 minutes from Anacapa Island to mainland
* Pearl Simonelli in 8 hours 20 minutes from the mainland to Anacapa Island
* Erika Gliebe in 7 hours 56 minutes from Anacapa Island to mainland
* Luca Pozzi in 5 hours 48 minutes from Anacapa Island to mainland
* Vito Bialla and Paige Kieding duo relay in 7 hours 53 minutes from Anacapa Island to mainland
* Mina Rhoden in 13 hours 3 minutes from Anacapa Island to mainland [first African American to swim the Santa Barbara Channel
* Barbara Lastelic in 7 hours 38 minutes Anacapa Island to mainland

California Triple Crown:
Robin Rose, Anthony McCarley, Abby Fairman, 15-year-old Angel More, 61-year-old Marilyn Korzekwa, and Luca Pozzi completed the California Triple Crown of Marathon Swimming that includes a solo crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel, Catalina Channel, and the length of Lake Tahoe.

New Lifetime Members:
* Dr. Caroline Block from Ithaca, New York
* Catherine Breed from San Francisco, California
* Sylvia Lacock from Mill Valley, California
* Barbara Lastelic from Tustin, California
* Helen Petroff from Ojai, California
* Luca Pozzi from San Francisco, California
* Mina Rhoden from Novato, California
* Pearl Simonelli from San Diego, California

For more information and tickets for the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association dinner and banquet on November 3rd in San Pedro, California, visit here by October 24th.

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