Marvelous Michelle Macy

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

Michelle Macy

Michelle Macy

Michelle Macy is to be an inductee (Honor Swimmer) into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2019.

Michelle Macy has proven to have few limitations in marathon swimming in terms of distance and water temperature.  Michelle set the overall speed record in the North Channel and the women’s speed records in the Tsugaru Strait, Anacapa Passage in 5 hours and 30 minutes, around Jersey 66km in 9 hours and 29 minutes and Jersey to France in 6 hours and 42 minutes.

Her cumulative time for the Ocean’s Seven between 2007 and 2014 is the fastest to date as follows:

  • English Channel 3 times the fastest in 10 hours and 2 minutes
  • Catalina Channel 10 hours and 13 minutes,
  • Cook Strait 8 hours and 2 minutes,
  • Strait of Gibraltar 3 hours and 39 minutes,
  • Molokai Channel 45km 14 hours and 12 minutes,
  • Tsugaru Channel 8 hours 55 minutes, and
  • North Channel 9 hours and 34 minutes.

Other epic marathons include:

  • four-time consecutive female winner of the 8.2 mile Pennock Island Challenge in Alaska;
  • Manhattan Island;
  • Boston Light;
  • and the first ever to complete the 14.5 mile Clarence Strait in Alaska.

For an interesting article written by Michelle, after she had completed the “Oceans Seven” swims, and to give herself another challenge, see “Jackpot 7 —COMPLETE“1

For a description of what the “Oceans Seven” includes2

An article written by Michelle’s official observer describing her North Channel swim3

While searching for the article about Michelle’s North Channel swim, a couple other very interesting open-water/long distance articles caught my attention.  One was written by Dave Radcliff —“The Old Men and the Sea”4; the other, “Trans-Tahoe Relay Swim”, was written by Arlene Delmage5.  They are worth a read!






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