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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Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor – Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming’s Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University’s John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.