Photo of the 20 Bridges Swim field, courtesy of New York Open Water at the start near Mill Rock on Manhattan Island in New York on July 13th

Cat Wins Swim Around Manhattan Island
Courtesy of New York Open Water, Manhattan Island, New York. Catherine Breed is a former world-class freestyler in the pool.  This year, she has effectively transitioned very smoothly to channel swimming (North Channel), bay swimming (San Francisco Bay), lake swimming (Lake Berryessa), and now river swimming (20 Bridges Swim). She won the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island, New York winning in 6 hours 54 minutes just ahead of 41-year-old Bob Tarr. Tenth-place finisher Monica Bender finished in 8 hours 11 minutes to complete a nearly 7-year journey to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.  In 2012, she crossed the Catalina Channel in 9 hours 51 minutes at the age of 16; in 2015, she crossed the English Channel from England to France in 14 hours 41 minutes at the age of 20 winning the Pierre Van Vooren Memorial Trophy by the Channel Swimming Association for the Swim in the most Arduous Conditions.  Yesterday, she sewed up her Triple Crown credentials with a successful circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island.
  1. Catherine Breed (26) 6 hours 54 minutes 6 seconds
  2. Bob Tarr (41) 6 hours 58 minutes 24 seconds
  3. Aleksandra Bednarek (20) 7 hours 7 minutes 34 seconds
  4. Rocio Mora (45) 7 hours 10 minutes 6 seconds
  5. Suwei Chen (51) 7 hours 12 minutes 14 seconds
  6. Ed Stoner (45) 7 hours 24 minutes 52 seconds
  7. Craig Lewin (33) 7 hours 25 minutes 28 seconds
  8. Lauren Au Brinkmeyer (34) 7 hours 30 minutes 16 seconds
  9. Alessandra Cima (44) 7 hours 46 minutes 39 seconds
  10. Carlos Franco (44) 7 hours 55 minutes 18 seconds
  11. Monica Bender (24) 8 hours 11 minutes 6 seconds
  12. Dana Page (58) 8 hours 15 minutes 48 seconds
  13. Leopoldo Gomez Gonzalez Blanco (60) 8 hours 20 minutes 18 seconds + Ana Ramirez (45) 8 hours 20 minutes 18 seconds
  14. Kerry Yonushonis (44) 8 hours 25 minutes 38 seconds
  15. David Wallman (53) 8 hours 53 minutes 3 seconds
  16. Cheryl Reinke (54) DNF
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