Documented Swims

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MSF Documented Swims: a service to document, review, publish, and ratify independent* open-water marathon swims.

MSF Documented Swims are a widely recognized gold standard, having ratified some of the most important marathon swims in recent history, including Sarah Thomas’ Lake Champlain swim (longest unassisted open water swim), Chloe McCardel’s Bahamas swim (longest unassisted ocean swim), and Craig Lenning’s swim from the Farallon Islands (the first since 1967).

Each MSF Documented Swim undergoes rigorous review, and we only publish swims that meet the highest standards of integrity, thoroughness, and adherence to standard marathon swimming rules and conduct.

Don’t let your swim be lost to history! To submit a Documented Swim:

* An “independent” marathon swim is a swim in a body of water not governed by an established, recognized local sanctioning organization (e.g., the CSA or CS&PF for English Channel swims).


Go to: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, Lake Erie, Lake Tahoe, Lake George, Northeast Kingdom, Angel Island, St. Lucia


Documented Swims - 2019

Date Swimmer Swim Location Documenter
25 Jan 2019 Pablo Fernández Álvarez Gulf of Fonseca Nicaragua / El Salvador Moises Osorto
16 Mar 2019 Sarah Ferguson Around Easter Island S. Pacific Ocean Camila Ahrendt
22 Mar 2019 Eyal Schachner & Guy Cohen Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Israel G. Benjamin & F. Gabel
30 Apr 2019 Scott Zornig Newport Harbor California, USA Cherié Edborg
04 May 2019 Jessi Harewicz Around Thormanby Island British Columbia, Canada Jazmine Bahr
11 May 2019 James White Kiawanda Rock Oregon, USA Jacob Hunter
28 May 2019 Elaine Kornbau Howley Around Absecon Island New Jersey, USA Susan Kirk
26 May 2019 Ken Mignosa Dumbarton Rail Bridge to Anita Rock California, USA K. Prebil & C. Harrington
08 Jun 2019 Karen Zemlin Mille Lacs Lake Minnesota, USA Daree Selby
13 Jul 2019 Bogdan Cosmin Zurbagiu Lake Beliș-Fântânele Romania Alexandru Achim
23 Jul 2019 Melodee Nugent Geneva Lake Wisconsin, USA Michael Nugent
10 Aug 2019 Sarah Thomas Blue Mesa Reservoir Colorado, USA Ryan Willis
17 Aug 2019 Tyler Lindquist Big Bay de Noc Michigan, USA Ann Lindquist
18 Aug 2019 Jessi Harewicz Strait of Georgia British Columbia, Canada C. Stewart & C. Thomson

Documented Swims - 2018

Date Swimmer Swim Location Documenter
25 Mar 2018 Sarah Poplar Poor Knights Islands to Matapouri New Zealand Mike Cochrane
18 Apr 2018 Sarah Poplar Hen Island to Waipu New Zealand Mike Cochrane
08 Jun 2018 Amy Appelhans Gubser Santa Monica Bay California, USA J. Cole & T. Wellington
11 Jun 2018 Caroline Block Cayuga Lake New York, USA Betsy Block
20 Jun 2018 Sarah Eismann Around Bermuda Bermuda J. Kao & A. Short
30 Jun 2018 Bridgette Hobart Lake Hopatcong New Jersey, USA Susan Kirk
09 Jul 2018 Martyn Webster Loch Awe Scotland Catriona O'Keefe
22 Jul 2018 Robert Howlett & Steven Riches The Wash England, UK S. Munday & M. Cumming
25 Jul 2018 George Bradbury Lake Charlevoix Michigan, USA Geoffrey Glaser
27 Jul 2018 Tita Llorens Ibiza Channel Spain Toni Huguet
11 Aug 2018 Dave Loeffler Catalina Isthmus California, USA Bert Ijams
28 Aug 2018 Jaimie Monahan 6 Continents Challenge various various
18 Aug 2018 Katrin Walter Lake Zürich Switzerland Charlie Masding
19 Aug 2018 Beth Fehr Around Beavertail Rhode Island, USA Michael Garr
19 Aug 2018 Pat Gallant-Charette Loch Ness Scotland, UK Ryan Tozer
22 Aug 2018 Pat Gallant-Charette Lake Windermere England, UK Julie Bradshaw
04 Sep 2018 Nick Hobson Holland to Grand Haven Michigan, USA Michael Landis
04 Sep 2018 Cynthia Hertzer Maui Channel Hawaii, USA Joel Wilson
09 Sep 2018 Craig Coombs Around Alameda California, USA Ranie Pearce
18 Sep 2018 Jessi Harewicz Around Bowen Island British Columbia, Canada Craig Stewart
21 Sep 2018 Karl Fleischer Maui Channel Hawaii, USA Kira Fleischer
24 Sep 2018 Adriano Passini Laje de Santos to Santos Brazil Ashirvad Zaiantchick
24 Sep 2018 Sydne Didier Lake LBJ Texas, USA Tiffany McQueen
26 Sep 2018 John Batchelder Lake Powell Utah, USA G. Thornton & S. Cordero
13 Nov 2018 Cameron Bellamy Around Barbados Barbados Alison Pile
16 Dec 2018 Cindy Werhane Around Coronado Island California, USA Dan Simonelli

Documented Swims - 2017

Date Swimmer Swim Location Documenter
03 Jun 2017 Zane Hodge Lake Chicot Arkansas, USA MJ Staples
18 Jun 2017 Triskelion Isle of Man to Ireland (relay) N. Ireland Jacqueline McClelland
19 Jun 2017 Sherri Mason Lake Chautauqua New York, USA Cindy Nelson
23 Jul 2017 Sarah Thomas Grand Lake Oklahoma, USA Melody Maxson
29 Aug 2017 Jaimie Monahan Lake Maggiore Italy A. Thormahlen & A. Burta
29 Aug 2017 Sydne Didier Around Culebra Puerto Rico Michele McCabe
03 Sep 2017 Karl Kingery Yellowstone Lake Wyoming, USA Pareesa Goshtasebi
18 Sep 2017 Daniel Abel Around Rarotonga Cook Islands Shannon Saunders
11 Oct 2017 Brian Lanahan Around James Island South Caroline, USA Janine Serell
30 Dec 2017 Pablo Fernández Álvarez Plage d'Or to Banjul Senegal / Gambia Arfang Jobe

Documented Swims - 2016

Date Swimmer Swim Location Documenter
17 Feb 2016 Jacques Tuset, Ned Denison, Jills Vanegas Île St Joseph to mainland French Guiana B. Foulquier & M. McCabe
16 Apr 2016 Scott Zornig Around Coronado Island California, USA Cherié Edborg
22 May 2016 Scott Zornig Point Loma to Imperial Beach California, USA Cherié Edborg
11 Jul 2016 Jaimie Monahan Around Absecon Island New Jersey, USA Sarah Watson
23 Jul 2016 Sian Clement Bristol Channel Wales, UK Rebecca Owen
08 Sep 2016 Jaimie Monahan Lake Como Italy Janine Serell
24 Sep 2016 Jeff Miller Around St. John US Virgin Islands Adam Thill
06 Oct 2016 Sarah Thomas Lake Powell UT / AZ, USA A. Malinak & S. Dods
07 Dec 2016 Tiffany McQueen Around Coronado Island California, USA Dan Simonelli

Documented Swims - 2015

Date Swimmer Swim Location Documenter
03 Jul 2015 Sarah Thomas Flathead Lake Montana, USA Ryan Willis
03 Jul 2015 Craig Lenning Flathead Lake Montana, USA May Spengler
15 Jul 2015 Tita Llorens Mallorca Channel Spain Toni Huguet
22 Jul 2015 Patricia Sener New York Bight New York, USA Rondi Davies
24 Jul 2015 Grant Wentworth Nantucket Sound Massachusetts, USA Paul McQueeney
16 Aug 2015 Dave Van Mouwerik Estero Bay California, USA Evan Morrison
19 Sep 2015 Spencer Schneider Montauk Peninsula New York, USA Gary Husslein
27 Sep 2015 Alan Morrison Brooklyn Bridge - Coney Island - return New York, USA Rondi Davies

Documented Swims - 2014

Date Swimmer Swim Location Documenter
18 Jan 2014 Anthony McCarley Pillsbury Sound three-way US Virgin Islands Daniel Basick
18 Apr 2014 Craig Lenning SE Farallon Island to Muir Beach California, USA Evan Morrison
12 Jul 2014 Joseph Locke SE Farallon Island to Golden Gate Bridge California, USA Evan Morrison
30 Jul 2014 Elaine Kornbau Howley Lake Pend Oreille Idaho, USA Andrew Malinak
26 Aug 2014 Patti Bauernfeind Monterey Bay California, USA Michelle Macy
05 Sep 2014 Kimberly Rutherford Monterey Bay California, USA Terri Schneider
20 Oct 2014 Chloe McCardel Exuma Sound Bahamas D. Barra & B. Yeats

Documented Swims - 2013

Date Swimmer Swim Location Documenter
26 Jul 2013 Dave Van Mouwerik Lake Siljan Sweden Anders Hellgren

Documented Swims - Lake Erie

Date Swimmer Route Documenter
22 Jul 2014 Elliot Spaeder Long Point / North East Josh Heynes
31 Jul 2017 Tom and Greg Van Volkenburg Long Point / North East Josh Heynes
31 Jul 2017 Chris Fetcko Long Point / North East Brian Page
01 Jul 2018 Tom Minnock Long Point / North East D. Miller & J. Semanchik
19 Jul 2018 Rob Cooney Long Point / North East Elliot Spaeder
29 Jul 2018 Greg Roberts Long Point / North East Brian Page
04 Aug 2018 Conrad Kubaney Long Point / North East Tommy Steele
15 Jul 2019 Greg and Tom Van Volkenburg Long Point / North East Patrick Hesidence
03 Aug 2019 Katie Blair Long Point / North East Rob Cooney

Documented Swims - Lake Tahoe

Date Swimmer Route Documenter
06 Jul 2016 Elaine Kornbau Howley Camp Richardson-Incline Village Shannon House Keegan
22 Jul 2016 Scott Kaloust Camp Richardson-Incline Village Dave Van Mouwerik
31 Jul 2016 Susan Lindstrom Camp Richardson-Incline Village Paul Lundgren
19 Aug 2016 Ryan Nelson Camp Richardson-Incline Village Amy Gubser
20 Aug 2016 Nemanja Spasojevic Camp Richardson-Incline Village Dave Van Mouwerik
25 Aug 2018 Angel More Camp Richardson-Incline Village C. Delneo & E. Morrison
24 Aug 2019 Stephen Root Cave Rock-Vikingsholm Mark Lutzker

Documented Swims - Lake George

Date Swimmer Route Documenter
18 Jun 2016 David Dammerman Ticonderoga-LGV Deborah Roberts
07 Aug 2016 Jaimie Monahan LGV-Ticonderoga Janine Serell
09 Aug 2016 Jennifer Dutton LGV-Ticonderoga Janine Serell
20 Sep 2016 Glen Falls Masters (relay) Ticonderoga-LGV Brady Stark
11 Jun 2017 Caroline Block LGV-Ticonderoga Betsy Block
10 Aug 2017 Bridget Simpson LGV-Ticonderoga Tom Cunningham

Documented Swims - Northeast Kingdom

Date Swimmer Route Documenter
08 Jul 2016 Charlotte Brynn Newport-Skinner Isl-Newport Phil White
19 Jul 2016 Charlotte Brynn Georgeville-Newport Phil White
24 Jul 2016 Charlotte Brynn Newport-Around Île Ronde-Newport Phil White
10 Jul 2017 Jaimie Monahan Newport-Magog Phil White
25 Aug 2018 Charlotte Brynn 2-way (N-S-N) and 3-way (S-N-S-N) P. White & C. Needham

Documented Swims - Angel Island

Date Swimmer Route Documenter
30 Aug 2013 Cathy Delneo clockwise Evan Morrison
12 Jul 2015 Evan Morrison clockwise Cathy Delneo
29 Oct 2017 Dave Van Mouwerik clockwise Evan Morrison
02 Sep 2018 Angel More counter-clockwise Evan Morrison
27 Apr 2019 Sarah Roberts clockwise Vanessa Lea
26 Jun 2019 Sarah Thomas clockwise Evan Morrison
27 Jun 2019 Amber Baker clockwise Carol Sing
24 Jul 2019 Kim Hedges counter-clockwise Lisa Amorao

Documented Swims - St. Lucia

Date Swimmer Route Documenter
16 May 2018 Molly Nance St Lucia / Martinique Sue Dyson