Channel Swimmers: Anacapa Island

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Rachel Horn swimming to Anacapa Island, 2016
Abigail Bergman swimming to Anacapa Island, 2019
Henry Palmer, 17, swam to Anacapa Island 7/2020
SWIMMING: MAINLAND TO ANACAPA ISLAND
1. 8/9/1978 Cindy Cleveland Leg #1 of ROUNDTRIP from the mainland to Anacapa and back 12:48:0
2. 8/14/2008 Paul Lewis Leg #1 of ROUNDTRIP from the mainland to Anacapa and back
3. 9/5/2009 Forrest Nelson 8:00:57
4. 10/17/2013 John Chung 8:02:59
5. 6/23/2017 Amy Appelhans Gubser 6:02:59
6. 10/28/2017 Ken Mignosa 9:03:58
7. 7/2/2018 Abigail Fairman 5:30:49
8. 9/16/2018 Pearl Simonelli 8:20:17
9. 9/17/2018 Michelle Squyer 11:53:46
10. 9/20/2018 Jim McConica 5:05:54 [6th Channel Crossing]
11. 3/31/2019 Caroline Block 10:04
12. 7/10/2019 Prabhat Koli 6:22
13. 7/22/2019 Abigail Bergman 5:58
14. 8/04/2019 Denis Crean 6:20
15. 7/1/2020 Henry Palmer (17) 6:33
16. 7/1/2020 Joe Zemaitis 6:33
17. 10/2/2020 Karina Garcia 8:20:25
18. 6/7/2021 Serbo Simeoni 6:22
19. 7/10/2021 Stacey Warmuth 5:54
20. 9/25/2021 Jessica Kieras 7:08


SWIMMING: ANACAPA ISLAND TO THE MAINLAND
1. 8/9/1978 Cindy Cleveland ROUNDTRIP from the mainland to Anacapa and back in 12:48:00!
2. 8/12/1982 Dave Yudovin 8:27:14
3. 8/14/1990 Suzanne Riedinger 8:01:00
4. 10/10/2001 Scott Zornig 5:19:25 to Ventura
5. 9/3/2007 Peter Urrea 8:15:00 to Port Hueneme
6. 9/29/2007 Kaustubh Vemuri 7:23:00 to Oxnard ~ YOUNGEST MALE (10)
7. 9/28/2008 Jim McConica 5:25:00 to Oxnard (first channel swim)
8. 7/11/2008 Claudia Rosa 8:34:10 to Oxnard
9. 7/26/2008 Nick Cain 5:03:58 to Oxnard
10. 8/14/2008 Paul Lewis ROUNDTRIP Oxnard to Anacapa and back!
11. 8/16/2008 Maria Regina Matheu 6:28:50 to Hollywood Beach
12. 8/17/2008 Stanley Leventhal 8:43:26 to Oxnard
13. 10/8/2008 Emilio Casaneuva 7:45:42 to Silver Strand Beach ~ OLDEST MALE (68)
14. 7/31/2009 Cara Silvas 5:31:00
15. 8/13/2009 Jim Neitz 8:37:00 to Oxnard (his first channel swim)
16. 8/7/2010 Dave Van Mouwerik 7:00:11 to Oxnard
17. 9/25/2010 Kim Rutherford 8:18:39 to Oxnard
18. 10/16/2010 Joni Young 6:36:31 to Oxnard
19. 5/6/2011 Jim Neitz 10:23:32 West Anacapa to Ventura
(second channel swim)
20. 7/23/2011 Marcia Cleveland 6:00:08 to Oxnard
21. 7/23/2011 Chris Layton 6:00:08 to Oxnard
22. 8/21/2011 Lynn Kubasek 7:08:10 to Oxnard
23. 9/1/2011 Jim Neitz to Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard
(third channel swim)
24. 9/24/2011 Alan Morrison 6:59:38 to Oxnard
25. 8/18/2012 Mike Hird 5:48:09 to Oxnard
26. 8/18/2012 Walter Bean Scott 5:48:09 to Oxnard
27. 8/25/2012 Cherie Edborg 8:20:32 to Silver Strand Beach
28. 9/8/2012 Jim Neitz 8:58:52 to Silver Strand Beach
(twice in 2009, once in 2011+ once in 2012)
29. 9/9/2012 Nicholas Vargas 4:58:11 to Silver Strand Beach
30. 9/9/2012 Zachary Jirkovsky 5:59:24 to Silver Strand Beach
31. 9/23/2012 John Chung 7:39:28 (first channel swim)
32. 9/23/2012 Tom Ball 7:39:28 to Oxnard (first channel swim)
33. 9/24/2012 Fiona Goh 10:10:18 to Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard ~ YOUNGEST FEMALE (13)
34. 10/2/2012 Jim McConica 4:38:07 to Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard ~ FASTEST MALE (second channel swim)
35. 10/3/2012 Jim McConica 5:23:53 to Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard
(third channel swim)
36. 9/13/2013 Tamie Stewart 6:51:57 (with Jim McConica)
37. 9/13/2013 Jim McConica 6:51:57 (with Tamie Stewart)
(fourth channel swim)
38. 9/13/2013 Tom Ball 6:58:57
(second channel swim)
39. 9/14/2013 Scott Tapley 10:53:10
40. 9/19/2013 Theo Schmeeckle 6:42:18 (with Stacey Warmuth)
41. 9/19/2013 Stacey Warmuth 6:42:18 (with Theo Schmeeckle)
42. 9/24/2013 Jim Neitz 7:02:40 (most swims)
43. 9/29/2013 Tanya MacLean 11:41:00
44. 10/24/2013 Michelle Macy 5:29:56 ~ FASTEST FEMALE
45. 9/3/2014 Peter Hayden 6:59:06
46. 9/6/2014 Julian Rusinek 7:36:55
47. 9/9/2014 Carol Hayden 9:51:08 ~ OLDEST FEMALE (64)
48. 9/13/2014 Penny Palfrey 6:30:25 ~ MOST ISLANDS
49. 9/14/2014 Helen Lin 8:30:22
50. 9/20/2014 Bryant Lum 6:30:44
51. 9/20/2014 Kelley Prebil 10:25:48
52. 9/20/2014 Dave Tanner 9:36:27
53. 10/19/2014 Anthony McCarley 7:48:42
54. 6/11/2015 Samantha Allen 6:45:41 [47th Anacapa swimmer]
55. 8/29/2015 Sarah Green 8:07:19
56. 9/12/2015 Michelle “Micki” Poole 7:02:45
57. 9/19/2015 Alex Honor 8:52:06
58. 10/3/2015 Robin Rose 9:39:30
59. 9/17/2016 Rachel Horn for Special Olympics
60. 9/24/2016 Peter Lofquist 7:14:00
61. 9/17/2016 James Cherry 7:05:00
62. 10/9/2016 Hank Wise 4:56:54
63. 10/26/2016 Russ Parker 10:42:00
64. 11/4/2016 Bob Burrow 6:50:20
65. 10/26/2016 Tiffany McQueen 10:09:40
66. 8/10/2017 Angel More 7:37:43
67. 8/20/17 Ryan Utsumi 5:29:19
68. 9/16/2017 Steven Dalke 7:07:12
69. 9/18/2017 Alice Ma 11:09:48
70. 9/23/2017 Karina Garcia 5:28:34
71. 10/14/2017 Linda Simons 6:09:54
72. 11/12/2017 Kim Hedges 9:50:11
73. 8/7/2018 David Rich 7:53:29
74. 9/14/2018 Carly Miller 7:19:19
75. 9/16/2018 Erika Gliebe 7:56:06
76. 9/24/2018 Susan Petro 15:53:30
77. 9/29/2018 Luca Pozzi 5:48:55
78. 10/1/2018 Mina Rhoden 13:03:51 [1st African American]
79. 10/1/2018 Barbara Lastelic 7:38:43
80. 8/04/2019 Scott Kaloust 8:18
81. 8/25/2019 David Sundius 7:40
82. 9/06/2019 Georgia Wells 6:59
83. 9/09/2019 Kris Berglund 8:49
84. 9/17/2019 Tesla Profumo 6:14
85. 9/19/2019 Cynthia Hertzer 6:31
86. 9/28/2019 Rodger Delehanty 10:38
87. 10/03/2019 John Horst 9:41
88. 10/09/2019 Paige Kieding 7:01
89. 10/09/2019 Ranie Pearce 8:36
90. 10/09/2019 Jim Neitz 11:25
91. 10/09/2019 Rose Filer 12:13
92. 10/09/2019 Neil Hailstone 6:20
93. 10/09/2019 Sarah Thomas 5:07
94. 10/09/2019 Steve Sutton 5:51
95. 10/09/2019 Jenny Leigh Smith 7:40
96. 10/09/2019 Jake Glick 5:54
97. 8/13/2021 Paige Blocker 8:56
98 8/18/2021 Barry Maloney 7:54
99. 8/24/2021 Amy Dantzler 5:55
100. 8/29/2021 Peter Frank 7:00
101. 8/31/2021 Paul Hornyak 8:52
102. 9/11/2021 Kelly Schall 6:31
103. 9/13/2021 Jacquelyn Braggin 5:55
104. 9/18/2021 Pat Gallant-Charette 9:22
105. 10/4/2021 Krista Anderson 6:40
106. 10/7/2021 Ross Simmons 5:35
107. 10/16/2021 Cynthia Aguilar 6:55


STATISTICS

  • First swimmer: Cindy Cleveland 1978
  • Fastest male: Jim McConica 2012 (4:38:07)
  • Fastest female: Karina Garcia 2017 (5:28:34)
  • Youngest male: Kaustubh Vermuri (10 years old)
  • Youngest female: Fiona Goh (13 years old)
  • Oldest male: Emilio Casanueva (68 years old)
  • Oldest female: Susan Petro (68 years old)
  • Most swims: Jim Neitz (5)
  • Most islands: Penny Palfrey (4 of 8 islands)



In the News~

August 10, 1978 [PC]: “Cindy Cleveland touched dry land at Oxnard’s Silver Strand Beach at 10:09 this morning, becoming the first person to ever swim across the Santa Barbara Channel. Ms. Cleveland, 23, of Redondo Beach, made the double crossing in a record time of 12 hours, 48 minutes and 20 seconds, more than 7 hours faster than her trainer had hoped for. The crossing was made under ideal conditions, according to Dr. Jeff Dyyre, who was aboard the boat which accompanied Ms. Cleveland on the crossing. Her main goal was to get to Anacapa Island, her trainer, Hans Albrecht, said Monday. Albrecht was hoping she would be able to make the return swim, but he said that decision would be left until they got to the island. ‘If she can make the return trip,’ Albercht said at the time, ‘that will be the icing on the cake.’ Dwyre said that the water temperature, considered to be one of the most dangerous aspects of this crossing, was 68 to 69 degrees the whole way. That temperature, according to Dwyre, was comparable to the temperature of the San Pedro channel during Ms. Cleveland’s swim to and from Catalina Island last year. The crew was unable to find a beach when Cindy arrived at Anacapa between 3 and 4 A.M. today. So she touched the rock face, pushed off and headed back, Dwyre said. ‘It was just like she was in a pool,’ he related. Talking with the crowd who greeted her at Silver Strand, Cindy said the swim was fun, and easier than the Catalina swim. The swim to and from Anacapa was estimated by her trainer at about 22 miles, much shorter than the Catalina crossing, about 20 miles one way. As she smiled, a reported yelled, ‘Leave it to a woman, guys, to show you the way.’ ‘The crew was great,’ Ms. Cleveland said. ‘They kept my spirits up, kept me entertained, and made comments about my strokes. They kept track of my stroke rate.’ Dwyre said Cindy’s stroke rate did not vary significantly during the night. ‘She stayed between 75 and 80 strokes a minute the whole time, he said.’ Dwyre said a competitive 1500 meter swimmer averages about 80 to 85 strokes a minute. Ms. Cleveland’s triumps comes close on the heels of an unsuccessful attempt by Dave Yudovin, 27, of Tarzana, to swim from Anacapa to the mainland. Yudovin’s attempt July 19 ended 500 yards short of a one way crossing. He was pulled from the water unconscious.”


October 11, 2001 [VCS]: “Huffing and puffing and shaking off a slight chill, Scott Zornig emerged dripping and triumphant from ocean waters Wednesday, having completed a 12-mile swim from Anacapa Island to the Ventura County coast in record time....”


September 25, 2012 [Swimming World Magazine]: “At just 13 years old, Fiona Goh became the youngest female swimmer to swim solo from a California Channel Island to the California mainland, as reported by the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch. The 12-mile swim took Goh just over 10 hours to complete. She started her swim at 4:30 in the morning, battling an array of active sea life to make her way from Anacapa Island to Silver Strand beach in Oxnard, California. The swim took place this past weekend, breaking a four-decades-old record previously set on August 14, 1971. It is reported that Stacy Frezonki, the former record holder, was 14 years old when she swam from Catalina Island to the California mainland. ‘Fiona started her swim at 4:30 a.m. yesterday morning in 65 degree water,’ Santa Barbara Channel Swim Association president Scott Zornig said in a press release. ‘The marine life was very active during her swim as she encountered rays, jelly fish, a pod of dolphins, a half dozen seals and 2 blue whales which breached less than a few hundred yards from her. There are few adults who possess the intestinal fortitude to complete such an endeavor, and only one 13-year-old that I am aware of.’ According to Zornig, there have been approximately 350 solo marathon swims starting from the eight Channel Islands since 1927. Goh recently started her freshman year at Santa Margarita Catholic, and will compete on her school's swim and water polo teams.”


Henry Palmer, 17, swam to Anacapa Island 7/2020

July 11, 2020 [Sports360AZ.com]: “A rising high school senior member of the Arizona State Champion Brophy Swim Team was the first to swim an open water marathon at Santa Barbara Channel after COVID-19 restrictions were implemented. Henry Palmer, 17, says these times have inspired him to keep pushing forward and find new ways to challenge himself. He hopes to inspire others and remind people that this is not the time to give up, but to work harder. “I just wanted to find a new way to challenge myself outside the pool, and do something kids my age have never done before,” said Palmer. “Really just try to inspire people and prove to myself that we do not have limitations specially during COVID-19, this is the time to slow down and not give up, it’s a time to find new ways to excel,” said Palmer. Palmer started off at Hollywood Beach in Oxnard, California with the goal to finish in Anacapa Island. What was believed to be a 12.2 mile course ended up to be 14.3 miles as Palmer faced an obstacle in the water and a strong current against him. Palmer began swimming at 2:30am, and reached the Anacapa shore 6.5 hours later. Palmer swam with no wetsuit in 59 degree water, and covered himself in baby lotion. A technique the athlete likes to do in order to protect his skin from the harsh conditions. “The first three hours were definitely the hardest experience of my life. I couldn’t see anything around me except some flashing lights. The water was 800 feet deep, I had no idea what was underneath me. I was completely vulnerable,” said Palmer. Palmer says the experience was like no other and his drive to keep going came from his goal to become the first young male to complete the California Triple Crown. “Just the thrill of being vulnerable with nature is just a feeling that I cannot find anywhere else and the water was 59 degrees from the start, which is way colder than I have ever swam in. My teeth were chattering, I was shivering all over, my whole body was shaking, I thought I was going to get hypothermia,” said Palmer. “For the first hour I wanted to quit. I thought I could stop right there and no one would judge me, and then something just deep within me kept telling me ‘you got this, keep going, this is what you signed up for and you can do this.’”