Yuko Matsuzaki To Be Honored In New York City
Born in Tokyo, Yuko has been training in Florida throughout her marathon swimming career. As the daughter of a long-time mariner and head of the Japanese Coast Guard, Yuko has a strong navigational DNA and a deep love of the open water.
Yuko will be recognized for her career in a special induction ceremony in New York City on June 19th. The Japanese Queen of the Seas has been a professional marathon swimmer and ambassador of the sport for over two decades. She completed dozens of marathon swims in several countries around the world – always with a smile on her face before and after including when she set two solo records in Lake Cane, Florida with an 82K non-stop swim in 29 hours and 55 minutes and an 83K non-stop swim in 33 hours and 24 minutes.
Her career also includes a number of professional swims in Serbia (the 19K Jarak – Šabac), Greece (the 15K Crossing of Toroneos Gulf and 16K Trichonida Marathon in 6:29 and two times at the 30K Kalamata – Koroni Marathon Swim in 8:47 and 10:47), Argentina (nine times at the 22K and 57K Rosario Marathons, five times at the 88K Hernandarias – Paraná Swimming Marathon in 10:27, 10:08, 10:20, 10:47 and 11:04, twice at the 56K Santa Fe – Coronda Marathon Swim in 9:48 and 9:37, and once at the 25K Mar del Plata), the USA (seven times at the 35K Around Atlantic City Marathon Swim in 8:46, 10:17, 9:08, 9:14, 12:10, 9:26 and 9:13 and five times at the 25K Swim Across The Sound in 7:37, 7:30, 8:33, 8:46 and 8:06), Bermuda (the 10K Round the Sound), Canada (a double crossing of Lac Memphremagog, four times at the 40K Traversée internationale du lac Memphremagog in 11:24, 13:09, 11:01 and 11:48, and the 34 Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean), Italy (the 27K Teraccina Marathon in 9:30, the 35K Riviera Marathon in 10:03 and four times at the Marathon Del Golfo Capri – Napoli in 8:46, 9:42, 9:57 and 11:30 and the 20K Trasimeno Marathon in 4:57), Brazil (three time at the 27K Tapes Marathon in 7:40 and 9:01 and 8:30), France (the 25K Lac Du Bourget) and several 12- and 24-hour non-stop swims on behalf of the YMCA Youth Scholarship Fund.
A long career, a recognition very well-deserved.
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