Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The ongoing 2016 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim neck-and-neck battle between Paige Christie and Cheryl Reinke where only 20 seconds separates the leaders after 38.1 miles (61.2 km) reminds us of the famous 120-mile (193 km) race between Rondi Davies and Grace van der Byl in the 2012 event.

It was a classic East Coast versus West Coast duel; New Yorker versus Californian in a tight mano-a-mano battle. The duo went 1-2 in each of the 7 stages, swimming close throughout the world’s longest open water swimming competition. “It definitely kept our heads in the game,” recalls Davies.

Stage 1 Rip Van Winkle Bridge – Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge (18.3 miles/29.4 km) on June 25th 2012:
Grace van der Byl 4:31:18 vs. Rondi Davies 4:39:18

Stage 2 Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge – Mid-Hudson Bridge (19.8 miles/31.8 km) on June 26th 2012:
Grace van der Byl 5:28:45 (10:00:03 cumulative time) vs. Rondi Davies 5:37:36 (10:16:54 cumulative time)

Stage 3 Mid-Hudson Bridge – Newburgh Beacon Bridge (13.2 miles/21.2 km)) on June 27th 2012:
Grace van der Byl 3:42:31 (13:42:34 cumulative time) vs. Rondi Davies 3:45:15 (14:02:09 cumulative time)

Stage 4 Newburgh Beacon Bridge – Bear Mountain Bridge (15.2 miles/24.4 km) on June 28th 2012:
Grace van der Byl 4:10:46 (17:53:20 cumulative time) vs. Rondi Davies 4:19:53 (18:22:02 cumulative time)

Stage 5 Bear Mountain Bridge – Tappan Zee Bridge (19.8 miles/31.8 km) on June 30th 2012:
Grace van der Byl 6:05 (23:58:20 cumulative time) vs. Rondi Davies 6:11:43 (24:33:45 cumulative time)

Stage 6 Tappan Zee Bridge – George Washington Bridge (15.7 miles/25.2 km) on July 1st 2012:
Grace van Byl 3:28:01 (27:26:41 cumulative time) vs. Rondi Davies 3:34:10 (28:07:55 cumulative time)

Stage 7 George Washington Bridge – Verrazano Narrows Bridge (18.6 miles/29.1 km) on July 2nd 2012:
Grace van der Byl 4:21:31 (31:47:52 cumulative time) vs. Rondi Davies 4:28:38 (32:36:33 cumulative time)

Additional articles on the 2016 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim:
*Stage 1: Cheryl Reinke Wins 8 Bridges Stage 1 Marathon
*Competitor: Elena Pavlova Swimming From Ukraine To New York
*Stage 2: Paige Christie Overcomes Conditions At 8 Bridges
*Stage 3: Cheryl Reinke Extends Slight Lead Under 8 Bridges
*Stage 4: Four For Cheryl Reinke At 8 Bridges
*Ageless Swimmers: Touting Jamie Under 8 Bridges
*Stage 5: Top Duo Duel Each Other And Weather
*Nerves: Goose Bumps While Swimming The 8 Bridges
*Stage 6: Swimming In Stages Down The Hudson River
*Stage 7: Cheryl Reinke, Paige Christie Go 7 For 7 At 8 Bridges
*Perseverance: Stage 6 Takes 6 For Capri Djatiasmoro

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