Liz Fry’s Oceans Seven, 60 And Counting

Courtesy of Nora Toledano, North Channel, Northern Ireland to Scotland.

Liz Fry has set the standard as a prolific solo marathon swim for years, decades. She became the oldest individual – male or female – to achieve the Oceans Seven with an 11 hour 13 minute crossing of the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland on August 25th.

After a long career as a marathon swimmer and race director, she was selected as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.

But retirement is not in her vocabulary, at least when it comes to the open water.

Her track record is beyond incredible – and it is undoubtedly not yet over:

* In 2011, Fry took 24 hours 49 minutes as a 52-year-old (52 years 296 days) to complete a two-way crossing of the English Channel
* She was the first person to complete the unprecedented double 56.4 km Ederle Swim between Manhattan Island in New York and Sandy Hook, New Jersey in 11 hours 5 minutes
* She smashed the world record for swimming clockwise around Manhattan and became the first woman to complete a reverse swim around Manhattan Island in 11 hours 41 minutes, breaking the old mark by over 6 hours.
* In addition to crossing the English Channel six times since 2004, she has completed 10 running marathons
* She has long served as the race director of the 25 km St. Vincent’s Foundation Swim Across the Sound in Connecticut
* She completed a Catalina Channel crossing in to complete the first Reverse Triple Crown in 12 hours 46 minutes
* She completed a 9 hour 44 minute Round Jersey solo in 2014
* She completed the 25-mile In Search of Memphre in 2011
* She was nominated for the 2011, 2015 and 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year in the WOWSA Awards
* She completed the inaugural 20 km Embrace the Challenge across Lake Erie between Canada and the USA in 2016
* She completed a 50.5 km crossing of Lake Ontario from the USA to Canada in 15 hours 46 minutes in 2016
* She completed a 40.2 km In Search of Memphre across Lake Memphremagog in Vermont in 14 hours 25 minutes in 2011
* She completed a 45.8 km clockwise circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island in New York in 11 hours 41 minutes in 2009
* She attempted a crossing of the Strait of Magellan and pulled out after 50 minutes in 2016
* She completed a 55.5 km (44.5-mile) crossing of Lake Huron in 20 hours 54 minutes 54 seconds from Port Sanilac, Michigan, USA to Port Franks, Ontario, Canada in 2018 at the age of 59
* She completed a 26.6 km double crossing of Saguaro Lake in the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona in 6 hours 42 minutes 48 seconds, followed by a 28.2 km double crossing of Canyon Lake in 6 hours 26 minutes 40 seconds, followed by a 45.6 km double crossing of Apache Lake in 15 hours 46 minutes 4 seconds, followed by a 18 km double crossing of Roosevelt Lake in 6 hours 18 minutes 49 seconds at the age of 56 in 2015

To achieve the Oceans Seven, she completed the following 7 channels:
1. Strait of Gibraltar in 2014 in 4 hours 45 minutes at the age of 55
2. Multiple crossings of the English Channel including a 12 hour 15 minutes crossing in 2015 at the age of 56
3. Molokai Channel in 2016 in 16 hours 40 minutes at the age of 57
4. Tsugaru Channel in 2016 in 15 hours 48 minutes at the age of 57
5. Multiple crossings of the Catalina Channel including a 12 hour 46 minute crossing in 2016 at the age of 57
6. Cook Strait in 2019 in 9 hours 54 minutes at the age of 60
7. North Channel in 2019 in 11 hours 13 minutes at the age of 60

Oceans Seven Swimmers to Date:
1st: Stephen Redmond (Ireland)
2nd: Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden)
3rd: Michelle Macy (USA)
4th: Darren Miller (USA)
5th: Adam Walker (UK)
6th: Kimberly Chambers (New Zealand)
7th: Antonio Argüelles (Mexico)
8th: Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Moldavia/Ireland)
9th: Rohan Dattatrey More (India)
10th: Abhejali Bernardová (Czech Republic)
11th: Cameron Bellamy (South Africa)
12th: Lynton Mortensen (Australia)
13th: Thomas Pembroke (Australia)
14th: Nora Toledano Cadena (Mexico)
15th: Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico)
16th: André Wiersig (Germany)
17th: Liz Fry (USA)

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