Elizabeth Schlicher Wins Solo Maui Channel Swim

Elizabeth Schlicher Wins Solo Maui Channel Swim

On her first marathon swim, 28-year-old Elizabeth Schlicher of San Diego beat all the men to finish first in 4:43 in the solo division of the Maui Channel Swim held yesterday between the islands of Lanai and Maui in Hawaii.

Facing rough water, Elizabeth was also highly encouraged to swim fast and closer to the boat. “The channel was mean. My coach yelled hurry up and I gave her a death stare. Post-race I found out she said it because there was a 12-foot tiger shark spotted by a swimmer near me. I didn’t know a shark was around me until after I was finished. It eventually went away, but with the rough conditions, it felt like I was not moving for an hour and a half in the channel.”

With the conditions rougher than normal, even the fastest six-person relay teams had a slow go at the channel.

But that is exactly is when the tough get going. Tough as in Bill Goding. The 57-year-old veteran Hawaiian Island channel swimmer also finished the swim, less than one week after swimming 17 miles across the Kaulakahi Channel (Kauai to Niihau). Adding to his lore, Bill not only has several Maui Channel solo swims under his belt, but also the 17-mile Kealaikahiki Channel (Kahoolawe to Lanai), the 8.5-mile Palilolo Channel (Maui to Molokai) and the 26-mile Kaiwi Channel (Molokai to Oahu) under his belt.

Official Resuls
1. Elizabeth Schlicher 4:43:28
2. Bill Goding 5:01:25
3. Steve Lowe 5:28:15
4. Elizabeth Wood 5:31:48
5. John Becker 5:36:37
6. Dave Matthews 5:51:19
7. Brad Schindler 5:52:13
8. Billy Brown 6:08:13
9. James Barnman 6:27:30
10. Joanna Cain 6:29:47
11. Rebecca Neavitt 6:39:18
12. Barbara Held 6:40:11
13. Marcella MacDonald 6:44:56
14. Jennifer Stabrylla 7:10:40
15. Bret Barasch 7:14:40
16. John Gomersall 7:40:54
17. Martin Palfrey 7:53:02.

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