Monterey Bay Crossing – World Open Water Swimming Association

Catherine Breed started in 14°C water, but the water temperature dropped before she finished in 12 hours 42 minutes, the fastest time in history over the 40 km course.



With veteran Monterey Bay swimmers on her escort boat, Catherine Breed swam through a cold, foggy night across the 40 km Monterey Bay in California, while effectively blinded by the conditions, finishing in 12 hours 42 minutes, the fastest time in history.

Why it was nominated

For fighting through the pain of jellyfish stings and trusting in her escort crew despite being disoriented by fog and cold to finish a fast Monterey Bay crossing in a transition from warm-water chlorinated pools to the cold Pacific Ocean.


United States


Catherine Breed

  • pat stuart

    pat stuart


    she is unbelievable, I sure hope she gets it

  • 01/06/2021

    Congratulations Catheribe

  • Connie



    Catherine, I am a very proud aunt! You are one strong woman and continue to amaze me. sending hugs and lots of love.

  • 01/08/2021

    Catherine is an amazing athlete and terrific woman. Inspirational!!

  • 01/09/2021

    You continue to amaze and inspire. Love Your Cousin Leisa

  • Lee Hammack

    Lee Hammack


    Well, I guess I should give up on trying to keep up with Catherine. Lee H., fellow Dolphin

  • 01/30/2021

    tremendous respect for your accomplishments, thank you for making us feel so good ??