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Jaimie Monahan

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Jaimie Monahan prepares to swim in Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Jaimie Monahan (born 11th August 1979)..[1] is an American open water swimmer known for ice, winter, and marathon swimming accomplishments around the world[2].  She is the first person to complete the Ice Sevens challenge[3] under International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) guidelines, the inaugural winner of the International Winter Swimming Association’s (IWSA) World Cup[4], and was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class[5].  

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Ice Sevens[edit | edit source]

Monahan is the first person to complete the Ice Sevens Challenge (swimming a mile in water below 5°C on all 7 continents including a polar ice mile and ice zero mile) with ice miles documented by IISA[6]

  1. Europe: April 2, 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland.  Swim time 0:35.00 in 3.70°C water (3°C wind chill + 5.6°C air) 12 km/hr wind speed
  2. Asia: (Ice Zero Mile) December 18, 2016 in Tyumen, Russia.  Swim time 0:30.20 in -0.03°C water (-31°C air) in an ice pool cut into a frozen lake
  3. Africa: February 13, 2017 in Aguelmame Sidi Ali Lake, Morocco.  Swim time 0:32.18 in 4.9°C water (-0.5°C wind chill + 3°C air) in a mountain lake with 14 km/hr wind speed
  4. Polar: March 4, 2017 in Mikkelvik Brygge, Karlsøy, Norway (70.05°N latitude).  Swim time 0:32.09 in 2.37°C water (-3.5°C air) in the sea with 4 km/hr wind speed
  5. North America: March 9, 2017 at M Street Beach, Boston, USA. Swim time 0:26.16 in 4.63°C water (6.1°C wind chill + 9°C air) in the sea with 20 km/hr wind speed
  6. Oceania: May 15, 2017 in Tasman Lake, Aoraki Mt. Cook, New Zealand.  Swim time 0:26.44 in 2.37°C water (14°C air) in a glacier lake
  7. South America: July 2, 2017 in Ushuaia, Argentina.  Swim time 0:29.05 in 4.76°C water (5.9°C air) in the Beagle Channel

As part of this accomplishment, Monahan became the first female Ice Zero Swimmer under IISA guidelines for her swim in Asia.

Winter Swimming[edit | edit source]

  • Winner of the 2015/2016 International Winter Swimming Association World Cup accumulating the most points while taking part in winter swimming competitions in Latvia, United Kingdom, Sweden, Estonia, and Russia
  • Age-group winner of the inaugural 1000m Ice Swimming World Championships in Murmansk, Russia held on March 20, 2015 in 0.8°C waters[7]
  • Overall winner of the 300m Daming Lake swim at the 2015 Jinan International Winter Swimming Festival in China[8]
  • Solo crossing of the Strait of Magellan – April 6, 2017 completing the 2.5-mile (4 km) course in 1:10[9] 

Marathon Swimming[edit | edit source]

Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming[edit | edit source]

Monahan became the 65th person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming[10]

  • English Channel Crossing – August 13, 2009, completing the 21-mile (32 km) swim in 15:55
  • Manhattan Island Circumnavigation, NY – June 12, 2010, completing the 28.5-mile (46 km) swim in 9:09.33
  • Catalina Channel Crossing, CA – September 10, 2012, completing the 20-mile (32 km) swim in 13:28.21

Other notable marathon swims[11][edit | edit source]

  • 1st American Solo crossing of Lake Geneva, Switzerland[12] – August 26 – 27, 2015 completing the 42.8-mile (69 km) swim in 32:52 from Château de Chillon to Geneva.  In completing the swim, Monahan joined a handful of swimmers who have completed marathon swims lasting more than 24 hours[13]
  • 1st person to reverse the course and cross Lake Geneva, Switzerland from Geneva to Château de Chillon[14] – August 31 – September 1, 2016 completing the 42.8-mile (69 km) course in 28:36.
  • Double circumnavigation of Manhattan Island, NY – July 28 -29, 2017 completing the 57-mile (92 km) swim in 20:12.06 – a new course record[15]
  • Lake Como crossing, Italy – September 7-8, 2016 completing the 31-mile (50 km) course in 20:29
  • Lago Maggiore crossing, Italy – August 28-29, 2017 completing the 40 mile, (64 km) course in 24:02
  • Lake George crossing, NY – August 6-7, 2016 completing the 32-mile (52 km) course in 21:12
  • Lake Memphremagog crossing, VT – July 11, 2017 completing the 25-mile (40 km) course in 14:18[16]
  • Circumnavigation of Absecon Island / Atlantic City, NJ – July 11, 2016 completing the 22.5-mile (37 km) course in 13:59.36
  • Circumnavigation of Mercer Island, WA – June 2, 2017 completing the 12-mile (20 km) course in 8:39
  • Swim around Key West FL – June 06, 2009, completing the 12-mile (20 km) swim in 6:09.36
  • Monahan is a regular at the annual Rose Pitonof swim in NY. Completing the 17-mile (27 km) swim from midtown Manhattan to Coney Island in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017

Awards and Honors[edit | edit source]

  • 2018 Honor Swimmer inductee into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame[17]
  • 2017 World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) Woman of the Year[18]
  • 2016 World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) Woman of the Year[19]
  • 2016 Marathon Swimmers Federation “Barra Award” for best overall year[20]
  • 2015 / 2016 International Winter Swimming Association World Cup overall winner[21]
  • 2015 Jaimie Monahan Award named by the Lake Geneva Swimming Association for the most exceptional swim of the year[22]
  • President of the Lake Geneva Swimming Association[23]
  • Race director for a section of the Vampire Swim
  • Member of Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers (CIBBOWS)

External links[edit | edit source]

Jaimie Monahan’s website:

International Ice Swimming Association website

International Winter Swimming Association website

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Jaimie Monahan - Openwaterpedia". openwaterpedia.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  2. Keh, Andrew (2016-12-15). "For Swimmers With Ice Water in Their Veins, an Event to Match". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  3. "ICE 7s - Records | IISA". www.internationaliceswimming.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  4. "IWSA World Cup Stage Results". iwsa.world. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  5. "Honorees by Year – IMSHOF". imshof.org. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  6. "IISA Member Bio | IISA". www.internationaliceswimming.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  7. Geibatova, Narmina (2015-03-25). "Russia holds first world championship in ice swimming". Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  8. "Jaimie Monahan Will Swim in the 2017 U.S. Winter Swimming Championships in New York | OpenWaterSwimmingRaceCalendar.com". www.openwaterswimmingracecalendar.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  9. "Tres nadadoras cruzan el Estrecho de Magallanes escoltadas por la Armada". armada.cl (in español). Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  10. MSF. "Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming | LongSwims Database". db.marathonswimmers.org. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  11. MSF. "Jaimie Monahan | LongSwims Database". db.marathonswimmers.org. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  12. "List of Legends". Lake Geneva Swimming Association. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  13. "24-hour club - Openwaterpedia". openwaterpedia.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  14. "List of Legends". Lake Geneva Swimming Association. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  15. "40 Bridges Swim – New York Open Water". www.nyopenwater.org. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  16. "Jaimie Monahan Completes Swim From Vermont To Quebec". Swimming World News. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  17. "Jaimie Monahan Honored By The Hall Of Fame". dailynews.openwaterswimming.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  18. "Jaimie Monahan Wins 2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman Of The Year Award". dailynews.openwaterswimming.com. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  19. "WOWSA Awards - Openwaterpedia". openwaterpedia.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  20. MSF. "2016 Global Marathon Swimming Awards | Marathon Swimmers Federation". marathonswimmers.org. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  21. "IWSA World Cup Stage Results". iwsa.world. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  22. "List of Legends". Lake Geneva Swimming Association. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  23. "Meet The Team". Lake Geneva Swimming Association. Retrieved 2017-12-12.


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