Global Marathon Swimming Awards
The MSF Global Marathon Swimming Awards annually recognize the world’s most outstanding achievements and contributions in solo marathon swimming. The awards are nominated and voted by members of the Marathon Swimmers Forum, the world’s largest independent online community of marathon swimmers.
Awards are given in the following categories:
- Solo Swim of the Year
- Barra Award for Most Prolific Overall Year
- Streeter Award for Service to Marathon Swimming
- Yudovin Award for Most Adventurous Swim
- Navigator Award (non-annual)
Results by Year
Solo Swim of the Year recognizes the most outstanding solo, unassisted marathon swim of the year - one by a male, and one by a female.
- Sarah Thomas (United States). 104.6-mile swim in Lake Champlain (New York/Vermont, USA). New world distance record.
- Sarah Thomas (United States). 80-mile swim in Lake Powell (Utah/Arizona).
- Howard James (Great Britain). Earliest English Channel swim - May 16.
- Chloё McCardel (Australia). Three-way English Channel.
- Jason Betley (Great Britain). Two-way Catalina Channel.
- Chloё McCardel (Australia). 124.4-km swim from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau, Bahamas.
- Craig Lenning (United States). Farallon Islands to California mainland.
- Wendy Trehiou (Jersey). Two-way English Channel.
- Sylvain Estadieu (Sweden). English Channel butterfly.
- Tina Neill (United States). San Clemente Island to California mainland.
- Trent Grimsey (Australia). New English Channel record.
The Barra Award, named for David Barra, recognizes the most impressive year of marathon swimming, all considered. The Barra Award considers an individual’s full body of work in the sport, including swims, event organizing, community-building, leadership, and other contributions.
- Abigail Fairman (United States).
- Stephen Rouch (United States).
- Jaimie Monahan (United States).
- Dan Simonelli (United States).
- Bridgette Hobart (United States).
- Craig Lenning (United States) – tie.
- Mark Sheridan (Great Britain) – tie.
- Charlotte Samuels (United States)
- Mo Siegel (United States)
- Sarah Thomas (United States)
- Darren Miller (United States)
- Grace van der Byl (United States)
The Streeter Award for Service to Marathon Swimming recognizes an individual or group who has contributed most meaningfully to the sport of marathon swimming in a non-swimming role.
The Streeter Award, named for Freda Streeter, hono(u)rs individuals who have selflessly given their time and energy to advance, enrich, and support the sport of marathon swimming. It hono(u)rs the individuals who demonstrate that no “solo swim” is truly solo - the crew members, kayakers, pilots, observers, race directors, volunteers, and administrators who facilitate the fulfillment of swimmers’ dreams.
- Andrew Malinak (United States) - founding president of the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association, and pilot of Sarah Thomas’ world-record Lake Champlain swim.
- David Barra, Rondi Davies, & Alex Arevalo (United States) - founding directors of New York Open Water.
- Dan Simonelli (United States) - channel swim support crew, paddler, observer, and coach of the Arch Academy Zombies open water team.
- Neil van der Byl and Grace van der Byl (United States) - support crew, paddlers, and observers for Southern California channel swims.
- Dover Beach crew - Freda Streeter, Irene Wakeham, Barrie Wakeham, et al. (Great Britain)
The Yudovin Award, named for David Yudovin, recognizes the most adventurous solo swim of an unprecedented route.
- Jaimie Monahan (United States). Length of Lake Maggiore, Italy/Switzerland.
- Lori King (United States). Bermuda circumnavigation.
- Wendy Trehiou (Jersey). St. Malo, France to Jersey.
- Peter Hayden (United States). Anacapa Island circumnavigation, return to mainland.
Relay of the Year
Relay of the Year (now discontinued) recognized the most outstanding relay swim of the year.
Old Men and the Sea. Bill Spore, Dave Radcliff, Graham Johnston, Robert Beach, Bob Best, Don Baker, Norm Stupfel. Oldest relay to swim the Catalina Channel.