NYC SWIM

    Records

    • Manhattan to Sandy Hook Male: 4:01:07, Lance Ogren, 40, New York, New York, 2011
    • Manhattan to Sandy Hook Course: 4:59:06, Elizabeth Fry, Female, 52, Westport, Connecticut, 2011
    • Sandy Hook to Manhattan Course: 6:06:01, Elizabeth Fry, Female, 52, Westport, Connecticut, 2011
    • Round-trip between Manhattan and Sandy Hook: 11:05:07, Elizabeth Fry, Female, 52, Westport, Connecticut, 2011

    Chronology

    August 28, 1913: After three failed attempts, Commodore Alfred E. Brown swims from Battery to Sandy Hook in 13 hours and 38 minutes. He is the first man to successfully complete the 22-mile distance. Sources: Standard Oil bulletin, Volume 1, Standard Oil Company of California, 1913; The Moving Picture World, Volume 18, Issues 1-7, Moving Picture Exhibitors’ Association, Chalmers Pub. Co., 1913.
     
    September 14, 1913: Samuel R. Richards, Jr. of the New England Branch Amateur Athletic Union swims from Battery to Sandy Hook in 8 hours and 11 minutes. He abandons return trip after one mile. Rose Pitonof attempts to swim from Battery to Hook, but fails to reach goal by quarter mile. Source: "Richards Succeeds in Sandy Hook Swim; Boston Athlete Covers 22 Miles from Battery in 8 Hours 11 Minutes. Starts on Return Journey Rose Pitonof Also Makes Attempt, but Fails to Reach Goal by Quarter Mile.” New York Times. 15 Sept 1913.
     
    July 19, 1914: George R. Meehan of Boston wins The New York Tribune’s Marathon Swim from the Battery to Sandy Hook in 7 hours and 18 minutes. Samuel Richards of Boston finishes second in 8 hours and 19 minutes. Walter Dunn of Boston finishes third in 8 hours, 19 minutes and 20 seconds. Charles Durburow of Philadelphia finishes fourth in 8 hours and 46 minutes. Source: The World Almanac and Book of Facts, Facts on File, Inc, Newspaper Enterprise Association, 1914; Sterrett, James H., How to Swim, American Sports Publishing Company, 1919
     
    September 20, 1914: Nell Kenney is the first Australian woman to swim from Battery to Sandy Hook. Her time is 9 hours and 35 minutes. Source: "WOMAN SWIMS 22 MILES TO HOOK: Miss Nell Kenney Swept Far Off Course by Tide on Leaving the Battery. HER TIME IS 9 HRS. 35 MINS. Australian Is First Woman to Accomplish a Feat Which Baffled Men for Many Years.” New York Times. 21 Sept 1914.
     
    June 15, 1925: Gertrude Ederle swims from Battery Park to Sandy Hook in 7 hours, 11 minutes, and 30 seconds. Source: Stout, Glenn. Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
     
    July 1926: Charlotte “Lotty” Moore Schoemmell is reported belatedly to have swim from Battery Park to Sandy Hook in 5 hours and 57 minutes. Source: "70-mile Swim for Woman.” New York Times. 8 Oct 1926
     
    August 14, 1928: Twins Bernice and Phyllis Zittenfeld complete a zig-zag course of 38 miles from Sandy Hook to the Battery in 7 hours and 41 minutes. The report of their swim lists Ederle's mark as having been 7 hours 47 minutes. Source: “Zittenfelds End Swim; Complete Sandy Hook-Battery Course in 7 hours and 41 Minutes.” New York Times. 15 Aug 1928
     
    August 29, 1928: Fifteen-year-old Leah Riley of Keansburg, New Jersey, swims from the Battery to Sandy Hook in seven and a half hours. Source: “Girl Near Record in Sandy Hook.” New York Times. 30 Aug 1928
     
    July 21, 2006: Australian Tammy van Wisse shatters the course record in a swim from Manhattan to Sandy Hook. At the time, it was widely believed and reported that the record she broke belonged to Gertrude Ederle. (See, for example, "Australian Sets Record," New York Times, 23 Jul 2006.) Recent research has uncovered a report that suggests that Ederle's 1925 record only stood for one year, and that Charlotte “Lotty” Moore Schoemmell held the Manhattan-to-Sandy Hook record for the next 80 years.
     
    October 21, 2006: Two days shy of Gertrude Ederle's 100th birthday, NYC Swim honored the swimming pioneer with a race that followed her record-setting 1925 swim from Battery Park to Sandy Hook. Swimmers Nancy Steadman-Martin and Michelle Davidson both finished despite 29 mph wind gusts and sub-50 temperatures, thus laying the groundwork for the Ederle Swim to continue as an annual event.
     
    June 14, 2011: Liz Fry, holder of the Reverse Manhattan Island Marathon Swim record, succeeded in a two-way record attempt on the Ederle Swim course — Manhattan to Sandy Hook, NJ, and back again, a distance of 35 miles over a difficult course never tried before in whole. She set records on both legs en route to completing the full course in 11 hours, 5 minutes, 7 seconds.
     
    August 31, 2011: In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, a planned record attempt switched directions, and Lance Ogren shattered the record for Manhattan to Sandy Hook with a time of 4:01:07.