Global Marathon Swimming Awards

2017 Award Winners


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

Results by Year

Solo Swim of the 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.

Past Awardees

2012

  • Tina Neill (United States). San Clemente Island to California mainland.
  • Trent Grimsey (Australia). New English Channel record.

2013

2014

  • Chloё McCardel (Australia). 124.4-km swim from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau, Bahamas.
  • Craig Lenning (United States). Farallon Islands to California mainland.

2015

2016

  • Sarah Thomas (United States). 80-mile swim in Lake Powell (Utah/Arizona).
  • Howard James (Great Britain). Earliest English Channel swim - May 16.

2017

  • Sarah Thomas (United States). 104.6-mile swim in Lake Champlain (New York/Vermont, USA). New world distance record.

Barra Award for Best Overall Year

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.

Past Awardees

2012

  • Grace van der Byl (United States)

2013

  • Sarah Thomas (United States)
  • Darren Miller (United States)

2014

  • Charlotte Samuels (United States)
  • Mo Siegel (United States)

2015

  • Bridgette Hobart (United States).
  • Craig Lenning (United States) – tie.
  • Mark Sheridan (Great Britain) – tie.

2016

  • Jaimie Monahan (United States).
  • Dan Simonelli (United States).

2017

  • Abigail Fairman (United States).
  • Stephen Rouch (United States).

Streeter Award for Service to Marathon Swimming

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.

Past Awardees

2013

  • Dover Beach crew - Freda Streeter, Irene Wakeham, Barrie Wakeham, et al. (Great Britain)

2014

  • Neil van der Byl and Grace van der Byl (United States) - support crew, paddlers, and observers for Southern California channel swims.

2015

  • Dan Simonelli (United States) - channel swim support crew, paddler, observer, and coach of the Arch Academy Zombies open water team.

2016

  • David Barra, Rondi Davies, & Alex Arevalo (United States) - founding directors of New York Open Water.

2017

  • Andrew Malinak (United States) - founding president of the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association, and pilot of Sarah Thomas’ world-record Lake Champlain swim.

Yudovin Award for Most Adventurous Swim

The Yudovin Award, named for David Yudovin, recognizes the most adventurous solo swim of an unprecedented route.

Past Awardees

2014

  • Peter Hayden (United States). Anacapa Island circumnavigation, return to mainland.

2015

2016

  • Lori King (United States). Bermuda circumnavigation.

2017

  • Jaimie Monahan (United States). Length of Lake Maggiore, Italy/Switzerland.

Relay of the Year

Relay of the Year (now discontinued) recognized the most outstanding relay swim of the year.

Past Awardees

2015

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.