Jim McConica Sets The Standard From Santa Cruz

Jim McConica Sets The Standard From Santa Cruz

Late-breaking news from the California Channel Islands:

One of history’s finest freestylers, Jim McConica broke the 9-hour mark in setting a new record from Santa Cruz Island to Oxnard on the California mainland today.

McConica swam an 8:59:58 today to take join the legends of the sport who have also conquered this channel:

1. David Yudovin (USA) Santa Cruz Island to Mainland – 15:15:30 (1983)
2. Ashby Harper (USA) Santa Cruz Island to Mainland – 16:24:00 (1984)
3. Paul Lewis (England) Cueva Valdez to Leadbetter Beach – 13:16:30 (2006)
4. Ned Denison (Ireland) San Pedro Point to Hollywood Beach – 10:27:06 (2006)
5. Rendy Lynn Opdycke (USA) Santa Cruz Island to East Beach – 10:51:00 (2007)
6. Kathleen Wilson (USA) Santa Cruz Island to Oxnard – 11:43:00 (2007)
7. Kevin Murphy (England) Santa Cruz Island to Leadbetter Beach – 17:31:00 (2007)
8. Tina Neill (USA) San Pedro Point to Silver Stand Beach – 10:33:09 (2011)
9. Evan Morrison (USA) San Pedro Point to Hollywood Beach – 9:47:39 (2012)
10. Regina Matheu (Guatemala) San Pedro Point to Silver Stand Beach – 11:40:44 (2013)
11. Jim McConica (USA) Santa Cruz Island to Oxhard – 8:59:58 (2013)

Photo courtesy of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association.

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