At the 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, all kinds of one-on-one and side conversations were held. Questions were asked, opinions were given, and stories were shared.

Imagine the conversation between Tina Neill (left) who swam 52 miles from San Clemente Island to the California mainland in 2012 and Greta Andersen (right) who completed the first double-crossing of the Catalina Channel in 1958.

With all the miles these great swimmers have completed under tough conditions, their mutual words of respect must have been powerful and profound.

Dave Clark of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation listens in.

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