Jeremy McClure And Other Record Holders to Rottnest Island
Courtesy of Rottnest Channel Swim Association, Rottnest Island, Western Australia. When Gerd von Dincklage-Schulenburg first swam from the shores of Western Australia to Rottnest Island, he kicked off the most popular competitively swum channel in the world – the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel. 307 solo swimmers, 194 duo swimmers, and 477 teams completed the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim including blind 4-time Paralympian Jeremy McClure [above] who swam history’s fastest backstroke crossing in 7 hours 12 minutes and Barbara Pellick [on left] who completed her 30th career race in 7 hours 33 minutes. The record holders set over the years in the Rottnest Channel Swim include the following individuals:
  • First Male Crossing: Gerd von Dincklage-Schulenburg in 1956 in 9 hours 45 minutes
  • First Female Crossing: Lesley Meaney (née Cherriman) in 1969 in 9 hours 35 minutes
  • First Male Double Crossing: Peter Tanham in 1991 in 14 hours 8 minutes 5 seconds
  • First Female Double Crossing: Barbara Pellick in 1994 in 12 hours 6 minutes 12 seconds
  • First Male Triple Crossing: Rohan Hollick in 2013 in 18 hours 48 minutes
  • First Female Triple Crossing: Ceinwen Roberts in 2013 in 18 hours 48 minutes
  • Fastest Male: Solomon Wright in 2018 in 3 hours 59 minutes 28 seconds
  • Fastest Female (Natural Jetty): Tamara Bruce in 1993 in 4 hours 10 minutes 3 seconds
  • Fastest Female (Thomson Bay): Heidi Gan in 2018 in 4 hours 21 minutes 55 seconds
  • First Backstroke Crossing: Hamish Osborne in 2005 in 7 hours 22 minutes 20 seconds
  • Fastest Backstroke Crossing: Jeremy McClure in 2019 in 7 hours 12 minutes 50 seconds
  • First Breaststroke Crossing: Ian Wallace in 2001 in 9 hours 29 minutes 37 seconds
  • Fastest Breaststroke Crossing: Ian Wallace in 2001 in 9 hours 29 minutes 37 seconds
  • First Butterfly Crossing: Phillip Martin in 2001 in 9 hours 45 minutes 7 seconds
  • Fastest Butterfly Crossing: Eli Ball in 2018 in 7 hours 20 minutes 28 seconds
  • Oldest Male: Dieter Loeliger in 2013 in 8 hours 27 minutes 40 seconds at the age of 80
  • Oldest Female: Irene Keel in 2014 in 8 hours 18 minutes 20 seconds at the age of 73.39
  • Youngest Male: V Kutraleeshwara in 1994 in 5 hours 49 minutes 56 seconds at the age of 13.08
  • Youngest Male (under current rules): Luke Smoothy in 2016 in 6 hours 7 minutes 52 seconds at the age of 14
  • Youngest Female: Chhavimadan in 1995 in 6 hours 14 minutes 58 seconds at the age of 12.42
  • Youngest Female (under current rules): Olivia Williams in 2015 in 9 hours 40 minutes 31 seconds at the age of 14.08
  • Most Crossings by a Male: Andrew Page at 31
  • Most Crossings by a Female: Barbara Pellick at 30
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