Vera Rivard Achieves Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming

Vera Rivard Achieves Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming

Vera Rivard has been a precocious marathon swimmer since her first marathon swim, the 6-mile Kingdom Swim in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont at the age of 11.

Today, Rivard completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 14 hours 10 minutes to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. She was 17 years and 198 days old, the second youngest in history to achieve the Triple Crown after 16-year-old Charlotte Samuels.

She previously completed the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island in New York in 7 hours 57 minutes in July 2020 – and a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 14 hours 10 minutes, both at the age of 16.

Her mother Darcie DeBlois-Rivard of Team Rivard wrote on Facebook, “What a crazy swim! So proud of Vera and her fabulous crew today on the Catalina Channel. Her [time] doesn’t even come close to telling the story. So glad she trained so hard and put up with so many crazy “that won’t happen” drills. You need a fabulous crew behind you on these swims and this one is complete proof. Kevin Bell and Bottom Scratcher’s crew are top notch! Definitely wouldn’t have made it without their expertise!

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Steven Munatones