Groupings (e.g. Triple Crown, Oceans Seven, etc.)

IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
edited April 2013 in General Discussion
I read with interest in the latest USMS Swimmer magazine about a grouping of swims I'd never heard of: The Still Water Eight.

It got me thinking. What other potential groupings are there out there? How about a grouping of Down the River Swims (Swim the Suck, the Navia in Spain)? How about 'Round Island Swims (Jersey, Manhattan)? Any other ideas out there?

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  • njoynjoy Member
    edited March 2012
    I'm a sucker for any groupings or cutsy names for things. I have an itching to do a swim around my area that in my head I call "West to West" (West Beach to West Meadow Beach). It's about 8 miles, but I don't know if it's doable (safe), since it would cross a ferry path. Anyway, I digress; this doesn't really answer your question. How about we group swims with some kind of directional theme, in either name or actual direction? (And in my West to West swim, you actually would swim west. Hat trick!)
  • Triple Crown of Prisons; Alcatraz, Spike (Ireland) and Robben (SA). I think only Gary Emich (SF) and Ned Denison and Mike Harris, (both Sandycove) are the only ones to have done the three.
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    LS, how about that prison from Papillon?
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    Njoy, I like the idea of a directional grouping. Hmmm...
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    The SoCal Eight!

    San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, Santa Barbara, San Nicolas, San Clemente, and... Catalina!
  • KNicholasKNicholas ArizonaMember
    Arizona Swims: A very small group of swimmers / adventurers will attempt the inaugural Arizona S.CA.R. Swim Challenge (four lakes, dam to dam: Saguaro, Canyon, Apache and Roosevelt lakes) during the month of May. Finishers will receive a growler of Epicenter Ale from a local brewery, San Tan Brewing Company.
  • The Great Lakes would be a natural.

    And Michigan has so many lakes you could do a mile (or whatever distance) in every county.
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    said:

    Arizona Swims: A very small group of swimmers / adventurers will attempt the inaugural Arizona S.CA.R. Swim Challenge (four lakes, dam to dam: Saguaro, Canyon, Apache and Roosevelt lakes) during the month of May. Finishers will receive a growler of Epicenter Ale from a local brewery, San Tan Brewing Company.

    I like! I probably wouldn't be able to do all four over a month. But how about something similar to the highland lakes challenge? Four swims over four days?
    said:

    The Great Lakes would be a natural.

    And Michigan has so many lakes you could do a mile (or whatever distance) in every county.

    That sounds good too. Lake Ontario is in the Still Water 8...hmmm...
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    said:

    The SoCal Eight!

    San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, Santa Barbara, San Nicolas, San Clemente, and... Catalina!

    That one's already established, Evan! At least, according to the article. And isn't one of those swims 58 miles? That one might take a few years of practice...
  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member
    SIX FINGERS
    The number of Finger Lakes is either 11 or 12. I've only swum in one of them... Canandaigua for a 2 mile USMS national championship a couple of years ago. Due to a lightning event, the race was cut short and results relied heavily on the honor system. A few revisions were made days after the event, but still, I'm pretty certain I was robbed... I won't name names. Moving forward.....
    This would be a good week's work:


    SKANEATELES - 16 miles
    OWASCO - 11 miles
    CAYUGA - 40 miles
    SENECA - 38 miles
    KEUKA - 20 miles
    CANANDAIGUA - 15.5 miles
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    The Finger Lakes sound great...and not too far away from DC.
  • mrfinbarrmrfinbarr Charter Member
    I'm thinking of a lakes one for Ireland & UK, the biggest lakes in each of Rep of Ireland (Lough Corrib), Northern Ireland (Lough Neagh), Scotland (Loch Lomand), England (Windermere) and Wales (Llyn Tegid). I'm thinking the 5 ponds???
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    Oh damn, that's a good one MrF. Wish I were stationed in the UK...
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    At lunch today the wife came up with Swims and Brews: Go to European "beer" countries and do swims and brewery tours. I got the best wife ever...
  • I think some of the groupings in general tend to be a little lame with the exception of the "Triple Crown". I would suggest the "Grand Slam" by adding something like Tampa Bay to the mix. I once heard of the Florida Triple Crown, however, there was only one Florida swim in the whole bunch (Tampa Bay). I would recommend that one to be Tampa, Key West, and Estero Island, for example. There are so many out there that it seems that the exclusivity drops because of them. The Seven Summits in mountaineering stand on its own. I'm sure there's a fan of the "Peaks of Alabama" challenge, but things like that don't sound too exciting to me.
  • Hikers and backpackers have a lot of lists, 14'ers in the west, 4000'ers in the east, etc.
    Some hiker's are into high-pointing-reaching the highest point in every state. What an adventure that would be-cross the longest tangent of the largest lake in all 50 states. Some would be easy, some would be monumental.
  • I like the idea of regional Triple Crowns-a New England Triple Crown
    Swim the Sound (maybe Block Island to Point Judith to keep it in NE)
    Cape Cod Bay
    Lake Memphremagog Crossing
    or a more accessible
    Boston Light
    Kingdom 10 miler
    ...drawing a blank, you get the idea. I don't think these swims should have accessible swims on them, it should be a remarkable achievement.
  • Arizona 6 Lake Swim Challenge: Lake Pleasant, Bartlett Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Apache Lake, Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake.

    This is something I have organized but I hope that it becomes an Open Water Event in Arizona in the future!
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
  • KNicholasKNicholas ArizonaMember
    Arizona S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge is in the planning stages for April 2013. Below is glimpse from last years inaugural swim.

  • mrfinbarr said:

    I'm thinking of a lakes one for Ireland & UK, the biggest lakes in each of Rep of Ireland (Lough Corrib), Northern Ireland (Lough Neagh), Scotland (Loch Lomand), England (Windermere) and Wales (Llyn Tegid). I'm thinking the 5 ponds???

    I love that one! What a fabulous idea.

    How about the Triple Crown of the English Channel. English Channel (England to France), Round Jersey and English Channel (Jersey to France).

    I only suggest that because I've done the EC and now fancy the other two! (Can't currently justify the costs of the original Triple Crown, i.e. MIMS and Catalina Channel).
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    Bump.

    Still liking the river idea, what with END-Wet added to the mix. Swim the Suck, END-Wet, any other iconic river swims?
  • IronMike said:

    Bump.

    Still liking the river idea, what with END-Wet added to the mix. Swim the Suck, END-Wet, any other iconic river swims?

    Um, 8 Bridges.

  • With all these extreme groupings, I'm pretty shocked that I'm still the only person to do all the USMS championships in the same year, including all five open water championships, all five postals, and both pool nationals. I did it in 2003.

    Didn't have a name for the grouping at the time, but now I call it "the past".
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    gregoc said:



    Um, 8 Bridges.

    That's a great one. But which one of the 8 Bridges could be added to a River group? Looking more at a series of single river swims, like StS and END-Wet...8 Bridges itself is already a great group.
  • NiekNiek Member
    How about "the rich past" ? :D
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • Niek said:

    How about "the rich past" ? :D

    Unfortunately it wasn't so rich, but it was an interesting experience to have under my belt. That was the year of Tempe short course nationals in 103 degree heat, and the 10K open water in 57 degree water. So, I already saw some problems with USMS and swimmer safety.
  • AquaRobAquaRob Charter Member

    With all these extreme groupings, I'm pretty shocked that I'm still the only person to do all the USMS championships in the same year, including all five open water championships, all five postals, and both pool nationals. I did it in 2003.

    I bet there's a couple under the radar people out there that have hit all of them. I know @evmo and I got close in 2010. We both did all 5 open water champs and SCY champs in Atlanta. I'm pretty sure I did the one hour postal that year as well, but I don't think I did the other postals though.

  • edited April 2013
    AquaRob said:


    I bet there's a couple under the radar people out there that have hit all of them. I know @evmo and I got close in 2010. We both did all 5 open water champs and SCY champs in Atlanta. I'm pretty sure I did the one hour postal that year as well, but I don't think I did the other postals though.

    We know nobody did it before 2003, and nobody did it up until the point when I left in 2009. If someone's done it since then, it's not something I've heard about, but it could be easily traced in results on the USMS web site. (someone else can do that, LOL!)

    As a side note, I believe one or two swimmers before me did all the long distance postal and open water championships (Bob Beach, maybe George Brunstad) in the same year, but they didn't do the SCY and LCM pool national championships those years.
  • dc_in_sfdc_in_sf San FranciscoMember
    edited April 2013
    IronMike said:

    Bump.
    Still liking the river idea, what with END-Wet added to the mix. Swim the Suck, END-Wet, any other iconic river swims?

    I've not done it yet but how about the Portland Bridge Swim?
    http://notdrowningswimming.com - open water adventures of a very ordinary swimmer
  • dc_in_sf said:

    I've not done it yet but how about the Portland Bridge Swim?

    That swim is on my list of swims I want to do. This year, unfortunately, I don't have the time or the money to add another swim.
  • NiekNiek Member
    edited April 2013

    Unfortunately it wasn't so rich

    [-X No I'm sure it has cost you a bundle $$. #-o
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • Can't tell you about the swim, but everyone should visit Oregon in the summer.
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