Tag: Alcatraz Island

Alex Kostich Wins Swim Around The Rock

Alex Kostich Swims Around The Rock Courtesy of Water World Swim, Alcatraz Island. Alex Kostich came very close to breaking the original 5.25 km Swim Around The Rock course record set by Oliver Kusch in 1:10:09 in 2011. While Kusch started and finished at Aquatic Park, today's longer 6 km course started at Crissy Field, rounded Alcatraz, and finished at

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Will Records Fall Around The Rock?

Will Records Fall Around The Rock? Courtesy of Water World Swim, San Francisco Bay, California. Oliver Kusch and Aubrie Smallwood hold the course records for the 3.6-mile Swim Around The Rock.  Kusch set the men's record in 1:10:09 in 2011 while Smallwood set the women's record in 1:24:25 in 2014 in the course that starts at St. Francis, heads around

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Honorary ESPY Award Given to James Savage

Honorary ESPY Award Given to James Savage Courtesy of ABC 7 News, San Francisco, California. An Honorary ESPY Award was given to San Francisco open water swimmer James Savage who has swum the length of the Golden Gate Bridge four times. "My mom said this award is a pretty big thing," said the 7-time Alcatraz Island swimmer. "I'm just doing something that

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Gentlemen’s Agreement Across Alcatraz

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Back in 1993, Gary Emich did his first Alcatraz Island swim and then started doing the same crossing an average of one Alcatraz Island swim a week for 20 years. During the decades, Emich has had to face conditions that ranged from tranquil to treacherous. But his relentless march to his 1,000th crossing

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Frank Coghlan Left A Legacy

Courtesy of Sally Coghlan McDonald, San Francisco, California. Frank Coghlan was an American open water swimmer from California and a member of the South End Rowing Club for nearly 40 years and swam in the San Francisco Bay almost every day until he was 80 years old. Over the course of his career, Coghlan completed over 50 Alcatraz Island crossings and

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1,000 Crossings Took 20 Years

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. It took 20 years for Gary Emich to complete 1,000 crossings between Alcatraz Island and the shoreline of San Francisco in northern California. He not only completed the crossings by steadily averaging one swim a week for 20 solid years, but he also carefully documented each and every crossing and later

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25 Years Later, 15 Seconds Short

25 Years Later, 15 Seconds Short Courtesy of WOWSA, Alcatraz Island, California. English Channel record holder Trent Grimsey just missed breaking the existing record for the fastest swim from San Francisco around Alcatraz Island and back. Kim Peinado Howard of the South End Rowing Club, explains, "Trent attempted to break the round-trip Alcatraz swim

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