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ECCatalinaCookBristol
Channel
North ChannelAtlantic
City
Capri-
Napoli
Other (Ocean)Other (Freshwater)WPMSF
titles
Halls
of Fame
notes
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Sandra BuchaChicago (1973, 1974, 1975)
Lac St. Jean (1974, 1975)
Laval (1974, 1975)
International Marathon Swimming HOF (IMSHOF)/
International Swimming HOF (ISHOF)
Bucha won every one of her nine pro races. She was always in the top three overall. In 1975 at Lac St-Jean, she beat Diana Nyad by over three hours.
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Tier 1Lynne Cox1972 (record)
1973 (record)
1971
1974 (record)
1975
(first woman)
Oresund (record), Skagerak (first)
St. of Magellan (first), Aleutian Isl. (first)
Cape of Good Hope (first)
IMSHOF
ISHOF
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Penny Dean1978 (record)1976
1977 double
(record)
1979Lac St. Jean (1979)
Memphremagog (1979)
1979IMSHOF
ISHOF
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Cindy Nicholas10XLake Ontario (1974)
Lac St. Jean (1976, 77, 78)
1976IMSHOF
ISHOF
Nicholas' 1977 2-way EC crossing was the first double by a woman. Her time beat the fastest man's by over ten hours.
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Tina Bischoff1976 (record)1977IMSHOF
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Cindy Cleveland1976
1977 double
1979 - Catalina
Circumnavigation (first)
IMSHOF
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Tier 2Nazia Faidalla1976
1978
1977
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Loreen Passfield197819791976Chicago (1975)
Lac St. Jean (1975-1979)
Lake Ontario (1979)
1977
1978
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Joke van Staveren1977
1979
1979Ijsselmeer
(1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)
Lac St. Jean (1979)
Memphremagog (1979)
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Stella Taylor1973
1975
Lake George (1977)IMSHOF
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Diana Nyad1974
1975
1979 - Bimini to Juno Beach (record?)Saguenay (1971)
Chicago (1973, 1974)
Lac St. Jean (1973, 74, 75)
Rio Coronda (1974), Laval (1974)
Lake Ontario (1974 - first)
Manhattan (1975), Nile (1975)
1974IMSHOFNyad won her 1974 WPMSF title on quantity, not quality—she could afford to travel to more races and thus accumulate more points. She herself acknowledged that she was not the best swimmer that year.

Back then, a WPMSF title guaranteed entry into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
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“I became, in the 1970s, the best ocean swimmer in the world.
I held all the major records on planet Earth, out in the open sea."
—Diana Nyad, 7 Oct 2019
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Jon Erikson5XMar del Plata
(1974, 1975)
Lake Michigan (1971)
Chicago (1973, 1974)
Guaymas (1971), Hamilton (1970)
Laval (1974), Lac St. Jean (1970, 73-78)
IMSHOF
ISHOF
In 1981, Erikson swam
the first EC 3-way.
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Tier 1Horacio Iglesias1971
1972
1973
Mar del Plata (1974)
Newport (1970)
Chicago (1973), Hamilton (1970)
Río Corondo (1974), Nile (1975)
Saguenay (1971, 1973)
Lac St. Jean (1970-71, 1973-74)
Utrecht (1970)
1971
1972
1973
IMSHOF
ISHOF
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John Kinsella197919791978
1979
Chicago (1974, 1975)
Lake Ontario (1978), Laval (1974, 1975)
Memphremagog (1979)
Lac St. Jean (1974-1979)
1974
1976
1977
1978
1979
IMSHOF
ISHOF
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Kevin Murphy8X19711970
1971
1974
1977
Around Isle of Wight (1971)
Menorca Channel (1972)
Robben Island double (1973)
The Wash (1973)
Lake Balaton (1973)
Loch Ness (1976)
Loch Lomond (1979)
IMSHOF
ISHOF
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Claudio Plitt197919791974
1975
1979
Mar del Plata (1974, 1975)
Lac St. Jean (1973-1979)
Chicago (1973, 1975)
Lake Ontario (1978), Laval (1974, 1975)
Río Coronda (1974, 1975)
Saguenay (1974, 1975)
Memphremagog (1979)
1975IMSHOF
ISHOF
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Michael Read16XAround Isle of Wight (1973)
The Wash (1974/1975/1976)
Loch Lomond (1971/1976)
Loch Ness (1974 )
IMSHOF
ISHOF
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Des Renford16XLac St. Jean (1970)
Derwent River Big Swim (1975)
IMSHOF
ISHOF
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Ibrahim Faidalla3XLac St. Jean (1977, 1978)
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Tom Hetzel6XGuaymas (1971)IMSHOF
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Tier 2Abla Adel Khairy3X
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Alawi Mohammed Makki Al-Ibrahim4XIMSHOF
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Magdy Mandour1972
1976
19791972, 1973
1977, 1978
1979
Lake Ontario (1978), Laval (1974, 1975)
Nile (1974), Saguenay (1975)
Lac St. Jean (1973-75, 77-79)
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Dennis MatuchNewport (1970)Chicago (1975), Guaymas (1971)
Hamilton (1970), Nile (1975)
Saguenay (1971, 1974)
Lac St. Jean (1970-1977)
IMSHOF
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Ossama Rashad1972
1977
19791970
1971
1973
Mar del Plata (1975)
Chicago (1973, 1974, 1975)
Laval (1974). Río Coronda (1975)
Nile (1972, 1974)
Saguenay (1973, 1974, 1975)
Memphremagog (1979)
Lac St. Jean (1973-76, 78-79)
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Maher Saleh19759XChicago (1974), Laval (1974, 1975)
Río Corondo (1975)
Lac St. Jean (1975, 1979)
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Marwan Saleh3X9XMar del Plata (1975)
Chicago (1973, 1974), Hamilton (1970)
Laval (1974), Río Corondo (1975)
Nile (1972, 1974), Saguenay (1975)
Lac St. Jean (1973-1979)
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John York3X
includes 1978 double in 16:42, a record that still stands
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