Weekly Roundup: Catalina Channel Swimmers (June 2 – June 9, 2024) - Celebrating Marcio Santos Junqueira and Petar Stoychev's Triple Crowns

Weekly Roundup: Catalina Channel Swimmers (June 2 – June 9, 2024) – Celebrating Marcio Santos Junqueira and Petar Stoychev’s Triple Crowns

Here’s a summary of the latest swimmers who have braved the Catalina Channel this past week and both achieved the prestigious Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with this swim. Congratulations to Marcio Santos Junqueira and Petar Stoychev for their remarkable achievements!

Solo Swimmer:

Marcio Santos Junqueira

  • Country: Brazil
  • Type/Route: Solo, 1 way / Catalina Island to Palos Verdes Peninsula
  • Completed: June 3, 2024
  • Time: 14:00 (pending ratification)
  • Pilot/Vessel: David Harvey/Pacific Star
  • Observer: Roxanne Hipolito, Sara Wicht
  • Association: Catalina Channel Swimming Federation
  • Note: Marcio achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with this crossing. He encountered a large pod of playful dolphins and experienced varying water temperatures from 16.6°C (62°F) at the start to 13.3°C (56°F) near the finish.

Solo Swimmer:

Petar Stoychev

  • Country: Bulgaria
  • Type/Route: Solo, 1 way / Catalina Island to Palos Verdes Peninsula
  • Completed: June 10, 2024
  • Time: 8:42:33 (pending ratification)
  • Pilot/Vessel: David Harvey/Pacific Star
  • Observer: Don Van Cleve, Roxanne Hipolito
  • Association: Catalina Channel Swimming Federation
  • Note: Petar achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with this crossing and became the fastest cumulative Triple Crown swimmer by 2 hours and 29 minutes. He is an inductee in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to the swimmers for their incredible achievements! Stay tuned for more updates and inspiring stories from the world of open water swimming.

Photo credits: Catalina Channel Swimming Federation

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