Carol Sing On Enjoying The Channels On WOWSA Live

Carol Sing On Enjoying The Channels On WOWSA Live

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International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison interviewed fellow Hall of Famer Carol Sing on today’s edition of WOWSA Live.

Sing became the oldest woman in history at the age of 55 to swim across the Catalina Channel when in 1997. She also completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim twice in 1998 and 2001 and the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with an English Channel crossing in 1999. She completed the 17.7 km Coronado Around the Island circumnavigation three times, a crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar, the Maui Channel, and around Pennock Island in Alaska.

In her WOWSA Live interview, the vivacious 78-year-old lifetime member of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation talked about:

* starting swimming in her 50s and meeting Bob West in La Jolla Cove in San Diego, California
* being trained by Penny Lee Dean and her mother for her observer training in the early years
* serving as an first-time observer for the George Young memorial crossing in January 1994 during rain, thunder, lightning and hail
* getting escorted by Kevin Eslinger in the Catalina Channel
* meeting Nora Toledano and Marcia Cleveland in her Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in the 1990s
* experiencing good conditions in her 12 hour 42 minute English Channel crossing at the age of 56 in 1999
* being on the front page of the San Diego Tribune and enjoying her 15 minutes of fame
* planning the Lollipop relay around the California Channel Islands, starting in Oxnard on the California mainland, swim completely around Anacapa Island, and then head back to the starting point on the mainland, swimming a lollipop course – but COVID-19 temporarily stopped those plans
* enjoying channel relays including 3 circumnavigation relays around Santa Catalina Island

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