Hometown: San Marcos, California
Open water swimming has become a way of life the past few years.After having completed the 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon on 24 June 2006, I did the 21 mile Catalina Channel crossing on 20 September 2006, and then successfully crossed the English Channel on 09 July of 2007 to complete the "triple crown" of long distance swimming in a record 12 months and 15 days. I became the 18th person in history to complete all 3!
I spent 2008 "coaching" my brother Dan (age 52) to 2 very successful swims of Tampa Bay in April 2008(24 miles) and then the Catalina Channel on 23 September 2008 (his birthday!!) 2009 is my "on call year at work, but I've continued to swim 10-12 miles a week.
Now my sights are focusing on next year and trying The Tampa Bay Marathon in April 2010, the around Key West Swim in June 2010 and setting up a possible around Miami Beach Island swim in late 2010 (only completed 2 times in history) to be a "Florida Triple Crown".
I began competitive swimimng in age group AAU (then USS) from age 8-22 with national age group rankings at age 12 and 14 as well a setting several Florida and Florida Gold Coast age group records. Attending Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale as a part of a nationally ranked high school team, I trained under legendary coaches Jack Nelson and Bob Miller. College years started at Duke University, then transferring to Marshall University earning all-Conference honors as a Senior.
During the years 1978-1984, summer employment was as an Ocean lifeguard on the Hollywood Beach (FLA) and Miami Beach Lifeguard patrols where daily 1-2 mile swims in the ocean beagn my love for open water swimming.
Medical school from 1982-1986 markedly limited time in the water, but during my residency I was "talked into" joining the local Master's program in Charleston, SC. During the ensuing 3+ years I broke a National masters record in the Short Course meters 200 back, served as President of the Charleston Master's swim team (1989) and won the Isle of Palms 5 mile Ocean swim in 1988 and 1989.
My medical career took me to California where I served time as a physician in the USAF and after the birth of my 2 children and setting up my practice, I finally got back in the pool in 1997-1998 and completed the 10 mile Seal Beach swim in 1998, finishing 2nd in the 35+ age group.
Over the ensuing 5 years,swimming was on and off until 2004 when building an "Endless Pool" enabled me to balance the busy life of being a physician and parent with time in the water.
And Oh Yeah, the name Yesdoc comes from my passionate love for the music of the classic rock legends, YES!!
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Swim History (Non-NYCSWIM Events)
|Tampa Bay Marathon Swim||04/23/11||10:35:00||24 M||6||Tampa Bay||OWS
|English Channel (CS&PF)||07/09/07||13:20:00||21 M||S||Dover||OWS
|Catalina Channel||09/20/06||10:39:27||20 M||S||San Pedro||OWS
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