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NYC SWIM - Mallory Mead


Mallory Mead

Hometown: Culver City, CA
Gender: Female

About Mallory

Mallory first started swimming competitively at the age of 5. She showed early promise in the pool, and at the age of ten she entered in her first open water swim on a whim, a ½ mile swim in a lake in Ohio. Although she had finished close to the bottom of her age group of 200 swimmers in her pool event at the same competition, she came in fourth in the open water event. Mallory quickly realized she had a natural talent for open water racing, and began slowly building her experience in longer and longer events all over the Midwest. By the age of 14 she had done her first 5k. At 16 she raced in the 7.8 mile Little Red Lighthouse Swim in the Hudson River and came in 3rd overall. Two years later and one month after graduating from high school, Mallory placed 4th overall at the 2004 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, without even knowing how to properly train for it. Mallory continued on with her pool racing career swimming sprint and middle distance freestyle as well as the 200 butterfly at Western Kentucky University. She continued to gain open water experience wherever and however she could. In 2008, shortly after graduated from WKU, Mallory swam the English Channel in 10 hours, 34 minutes, distinguishing her as the Channel Swimming Association’s Fastest Lady of the Year and Fastest American of the Year. At the time, Mallory had assumed that her channel swim would be the crowning achievement on an already illustrious competitive swimming career. After a short retirement, Mallory decided to return to marathon swimming in order to attempt a Catalina Channel crossing. In 2010, Mallory traversed the waters between Catalina Island and San Pedro in 8 hours 36 minutes. She was the second fastest swimmer that year and the fastest woman. She also became the 39th person in the world to have completed the “Triple Crown” of marathon swimming, the English Channel, Catalina Channel, and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. Mallory’s Catalina Channel swim represented vast improvement over her performance in Manhattan, and after moving to Southern California in early 2011, Mallory decided to make the jump to professional racing. Mallory’s first pro season was a bumpy one. Her first race of the year, the 88km Maraton Hernandarias-Parana in Argentina was cancelled the morning of the race due to weather. Shortly after, Mallory experienced significant changes in her personal life that made it difficult to train. Determined to swim through it, Mallory traveled to Poland later that year for BCT Gdynia Marathon, an 18km race across the Baltic. Although Mallory managed to finish the race, her return to racing was premature, and she sustained injury that left her sidelined for the rest of 2012. In January 2013, Mallory began to train under the guidance of Harley Connolly, head coach of Lawton Swim Club in Brisbane, Australia. Connolly made a name for himself training other elite marathon swimmers, including Trent Grimsey, the current English Channel record holder. That summer, Mallory placed 4th amongst women at the 32km Traversee du Lac St Jean in Quebec, a race named by Outside Magazine as one of the ten hardest athletic competitions in the world. She lives and trains in Los Angeles, California, as she continues to prepare for the FINA Grand Prix circuit.

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Swim History

Swim History (Non-NYCSWIM Events)

Lac St-Jean07/27/137:26:2732 K13ApprovedRoberval, QCOWS
Semana Nautica07/14/132:13:216 M1ApprovedSanta BarbaraOWS
Slam the Dam10/06/122:15:0910 K5ApprovedLake MeadOWS
Seal Beach Rough Water06/30/1258:263 M8ApprovedSeal BeachOWS
Lake Del Valle06/09/122:21:2810 K5ApprovedLivermoreOWS
Swim Around Charleston10/23/113:58:5212 M1ApprovedCharlestonOWS
Postal Championship20101:05:205 KNAApprovedPostalPOOL
Catalina Channel08/09/108:36:3220 MSApprovedSan PedroOWS
Open Water National Championship08/01/092:28:4510 K5ApprovedHarbor SpringsOWS
English Channel (CSA)07/26/0810:34:0021 MSApprovedViewDoverOWS

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Articles and Press Releases

Manhattan Island Marathon Swim07/03/04Press Release  press contact: tel: 888.NYC.SWIM for additional information and history visit ny
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