Global Marathon Swimming Awards 2017 - FINALISTS
We are pleased to announce the finalists for the sixth annual MSF Global Marathon Swimming Awards.
For additional details, please see the dedicated page:
Solo Swim of the Year
- Daniel Abel - swim around Rarotonga, Cook Islands
- Caroline Block - 28-hour North Channel swim
- Catherine Breed - broke 30-year old record for fastest Lake Tahoe length swim - 21.3 miles (34.3 km) in 8 hours, 56 minutes
- Sarah Thomas - new world distance record: 104.6 miles / 168.3 km in 67 hours, 16 minutes in Lake Champlain
Barra Award for Most Prolific Overall Year
Two Barra Awards will be given - one to a woman, and one to a man.
- Amy Appelhans Gubser
- John Batchelder
- Abigail Fairman
- Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist
- Jaimie Monahan
- Lynton Mortensen
- Courtney Paulk
- Stephen Rouch
Streeter Award for Service to Marathon Swimming
- Tom Linthicum and Dave Van Mouwerik - for supporting, piloting, and compiling historical documentation of marathon swims in Lake Tahoe
- Andrew Malinak - for co-founding and leading the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association (2015 to present), and for piloting Sarah Thomas’s record Lake Champlain swim
- Greg O’Connor and Elaine Kornbau Howley - for co-directing the Boston Light Swim (2009 to present) and co-founding the Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association
- Mark Sheridan - for leading the British Long Distance Swimming Association as its president in 2017
- Scott Zornig - for developing and leading the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, 2009-2016
Yudovin Award for Most Adventurous Swim
- Sydne Didier - swim around Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico
- Karl Kingery - swim across Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming
- Brian Lanahan - swim around James Island, South Carolina
- Jaimie Monahan - swim across Lago Maggiore, Italy/Switzerland
Statement on Transparency of Process
- Finalists were selected based on relative community support for each nomination.
- Due to insufficient nominations, there will be just one Solo Swim of the Year, rather than male+female as in previous years.
- Every Barra Award nominee (5 women and 3 men) moved on to be a Finalist, due to the extremely high quality of the nominations and significant community support for each.
Stay tuned for information on the voting process and schedule.