Anne Cleveland 1954-2017
Anne Cleveland was a marathon swimming icon, IMSHOF inductee, early MSF supporter and Charter Forum Member @Anne, and we lost her too soon.
Growing up in a generation with far fewer opportunities for female athletes than we enjoy today, Anne had a gift for swimming that she didn't fully realize until her late 40s, when she became only the second American woman to finish a two-way English Channel.
She was a mentor, supporter, inspiration, and wellspring of knowledge to dozens of marathon swimmers, in her home base of Southern California and elsewhere. In 2017, we know marathon swimmers can thrive and succeed into their 40s, 50s, 60s, and older. Anne was a pioneer in this regard, one of the first to show our sport you're never too old to dream big.
We love you, Anne.