Pat Gallant-Charette Sets Yet Another Record In Her Long Career

Pat Gallant-Charette Sets Yet Another Record In Her Long Career

On September 18th, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Pat Gallant-Charette set another longevity record.  She became the oldest individual to complete the California Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming at the age of 70 years and 228 days.

She explains her 19.6 km crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel from Anacapa Island to the California mainland, “During the 9 hour 22 minute crossing, I had the joy of several curious dolphins visiting.  One came within a foot of me.  What a spectacular sight.”

The Santa Barbara Channel is one of the World’s Top 100 Island Swims and is one of the three California Triple Crown swims along with crossings of Lake Tahoe and the Catalina Channel.

Gallant-Charette has set the following records during her career:

* Catalina Channel, oldest woman to cross at the age of 60 years and 258 days in 14 hours 11 minutes in 2011 (broken by Carol Hayden).

* Tsugaru Channel, oldest woman to cross at the age of 61 years and 224 days in 19 hours 36 minutes in 2012

* North Channel, oldest woman to cross at the age of 65 years and 204 days in 14 hours 22 minutes in 2016

* Molokai Channel, oldest woman to cross at the age of 66 years and 107 days in 23 hours 54 minutes in 2017

* English Channel, oldest woman to cross at the age of 66 years and 135 days in 17 hours 55 minutes in 2017

* Lake Ontario, oldest woman to cross at the age of 66 years and 209 days in 24 hours 28 minutes in 2017

* Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, oldest person to complete at the age of 67.

* 20 Bridges Swim,oldest woman to complete a circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island at the age of 67 years 148 days in 10 hours 53 minutes in 2018

* Lake Tahoe,oldest person to cross at 67 years and 186 days in 20 hours 32 seconds in 2018.

* Loch Ness, oldest person to cross at the age of 67 years and 198 days in 13 hours 45 minutes in 2018.

* Lake Memphremagog, oldest person to cross at the age of 68 years and 180 days in 24 hours 8 minutes in 2019.

* Triple Crown of Lake Monster Swims, oldest person to complete at the age of 68 years and 180 days in 2019:

* Lake Tahoe, oldest person to cross at the age of 67 years and 186 days in the presence of Tessie in 20 hours 32 seconds

* Loch Ness, oldest person to cross at the age of 67 years and 198 days in the presence of the Loch Ness Monster

* Lake Memphremagog, oldest person to cross at the age of 68 years and 180 days in the presence of Memphre in 2019

* California Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, oldest person to complete at the age of 70 years and 228 days in 2021:

* Lake Tahoe in 20 hours 32 seconds at 67 years and 186 days in 2018

* Catalina Channel in 14 hours 11 minutes at the age of 60 years and 258 days in 2011

* Santa Barbara Channel in 9 hours 22 minutes at the age of 70 years and 228 days in 2021

Photo: Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association

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