Tina Bischoff, A Humble Heroine, Talks About Her Career On WOWSA Live

Tina Bischoff, A Humble Heroine, Talks About Her Career On WOWSA Live

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Audrey Scott, and Honor Administrator inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, once said “This was a fantastic swim because the conditions were by no means perfect,” as she referred to the 9 hour 3 minute crossing of the English Channel by 17-year-old Tina Bischoff Lovin in July 1976.

Bischoff joined a very elite group of female swimmers in history who have set the overall (male and female) records across the English Channel (that includes Gertrude Ederle, Wendy Brook, and Penny Dean).

Bischoff is an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, inducted in its Class of 1983. She was interviewed by Ned Denison on today’s edition of WOWSA Live about her wide-ranging extreme sport career. In her interview, she recalled the following:

  • Swimming the 500-yard and 1650-yard freestyle events in age group and collegiate swimming.
  • Finishing 5th among women in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii in 1989 and later doing the 3-day Ultra Ironman in Hawaii, and traveling the world as a triathlete.
  • Winning the 1-mile and 3-mile national open water swimming championships in the United States before heading to English to attempt the 33.5 km crossing between England and France.
  • Competing in and winning the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy in 1977 and 1980.
  • Being inspired by John Kinsella to attempt the English Channel in 1975, but being pulled out with hypothermia a few miles from the shores of France.
  • Training and acclimating to the cold water and cold weather conditions in the lead-up to her record-setting crossing in 1976.
  • She was thrilled that she finished, but she didn’t realize that she set the record under the escort of Reg Brickell Sr. She held the record for 26 days until Wendy Brook broke the overall record.
  • After she completed the English Channel crossing, she was invited by races around the world including Syria and Río Coronda, the 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda.
  • Set an overall record in the English Channel in 10 hours 20 minutes as a 17-year-old [photo above is from the Columbus Citizen-Journal on August 29th 1977.

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