# Oldest to complete Triple Crown - How to determine?

evmo
San FranciscoAdmin

This question emerged recently over beers & burritos with @VanMou and @AquaRob: How do we determine the oldest person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming?

If Joe or Jane Q. Swimmer completes the E.C., C.C., and MIMS at ages X, Y, and Z, is his/her "Triple Crown age":

If Joe or Jane Q. Swimmer completes the E.C., C.C., and MIMS at ages X, Y, and Z, is his/her "Triple Crown age":

- The maximum of {X, Y, Z} ?
- The minimum of {X, Y, Z} ?
- The average of {X, Y, Z} ?

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## Comments

I don't like using the average. You shouldn't have to whip out your calculator to find out if you've achieved a record in an adventure sport.

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Otherwise it'd have to be the age at which all three were completed

unless all 3 completed in 1 season; + 20 yrs (at least!)

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Imagine Person A, who completed the three swims at ages 56, 57, and 58.

Now imagine Person B, who completed the three swims at ages 25, 26, and 59.

By @suziedods' preferred method of measuring Triple Crown "age," Person B is "older."

But someone else might reasonably say that Person A was older, given that the average (or median, or minimum) age was much higher.

Just some food for thought.

That said it average age, or aggregate age would be an interesting stat to track. Either of these two ways of measurement would yield the same rankings since the average age is the aggregate age divided by 3. Average age might be more understandable than aggrevate age.

Seems to be listed in order of age at completion of all three swims, which makes me 5th oldest...if you list by aggregate age, I'm the third oldest - so I guess I prefer by age at the last swim, 'cause I feel young, again!

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But so what if it was done by your example. Complete swim 1 and 2 again, and the age jumps to 73.

On the other side, Youngest may not be a record to be pursued too hard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquatots.