Jaime Lomelin Achieves a Sub-10 Triple Crown With His Catalina Channel Crossing
On September 1st, 58-year-old Mexican Jaime Lomelin swam across the Catalina Channel for the second time. He swam the 32.3 km channel in 9 hours 56 minutes to become the fastest Mexican to cross Catalina. The previously fastest Mexican time was 10 hours 25 minutes by Antonio Argüelles in 2009.
Lomelin also became the first Mexican swimmer to achieve a Sub-10 Triple Crown – or all three swims of the Triple Crown were completed under 10 hours (English Channel + Catalina Channel + 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island).
Nora Toledano recalls, “One of the main difficulties that Jaime found in his last swim was the severe water temperature drop. When they started on Catalina Island, the water temperature was 20°C (68°F); six hours later, the water was 16°C (61-62°F). Jaime was assisted by Captain Dave Harvey, paddlers Dan Simonelli and Patricio Libenson, swim partner Claudio Majewsky, and his support team including his wife Marieluise von Rheinbaben, his father Jaime Lomelin Sr., and two of his three children, Vanessa and Daniel.“
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