John York

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Members of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation including Dale Petranech, John York, Linda Bamford, Paula Selby, David Clark, Carol Sing and Penny Dean at the induction ceremonies at the United Nations in June 2011. Photo by Skip Storch
John York is an American marathon swimmer and coach who was inducted as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1989.

York is considered the King of the Catalina Channel with the most number of successful crossings of the Catalina Channel in Southern California, U.S.A. He completed crossings in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1984, including the fastest double-crossing of 16 hours and 42 minutes in 1978. He also swam the English Channel in 1988 and has coached numerous swimmers across the Catalina Channel, including USA National Team swimmers.

He also managed the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation for many years and remains a member of its board of directors as well as assisting on a number of crossings including that of Team Tripod.


Fastest Catalina Channel Crossings in History

1. 7:15 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, MC in September 1976
2. 7:37 by Pete Huisveld, USA, MC in August 1992
3. 7:43 by Karen Burton, USA, CM in October 1994
4. 8:05 by Todd Robinson, USA, CM in August 2009
5. 8:07 by Hank Wise, USA, CM in October 2010
6. 8:14 by Chad Hundeby, USA, CM in September 1993
7. 8:20 by Gemma Jensen, Australia, CM in August 2006
8. 8:27 by Jim McConica, USA, CM in October 1983
9. 8:28 by Rendy Lynn Opdycke, USA, CM in August 2008
10. 8:31 by John York, USA, MC in October 1977
11. 8:32 by John York, USA, CM in October 2000

Fastest English Channel Crossings in Comparison

1. 6:55 by Trent Grimsey, Australia, E-F in September 2012
2. 6:57 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2007
3. 7:03 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2005
4. 7:05 by Yuri Kudinov, Russia, E-F in August 2007
5. 7:16 by Vitek Rostislav, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2009
6. 7:17 by Chad Hundeby, USA, E-F in September 1994
7. 7:20 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2003
8. 7:21 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2006
9. 7:22 by David Meca, Spain, E-F in August 2005
10. 7:25 by Yvetta Hlavacova, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2006
11. 7:40 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, E-F in July 1978

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