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Simon finishes sixth in swim marathon

Posted online: Monday, 14 June 2010

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK — Phase two of Samantha Simon’s quest to earn the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming was a success.

The Janesville native finished sixth overall Saturday at the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, including third in the women’s division. The 28.5-mile swim was a full counter-clockwise lap around New York City via the East, Harlem and Hudson rivers.

Simon, who will be a junior at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., finished with a time of 8 hours, 10 minutes and 41 seconds. Chloe McCardel from Melbourne, Australia, won with a time of 7:53:54.

At 20 years old, Simon was the youngest competitor in the field.

Simon has now completed two of the three venues needed to earn the Triple Crown. She swam 21 miles in crossing the English Channel, and added Manhattan Island swim Saturday. The final stage of the Triple Crown is the 21-mile Catalina Channel swim in late August.

Only 34 swimmers have ever completed the three solo events.