Julian Rusinek

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Julian Rusinek
Santa Barbara Channel Islands
As Seen On TV record-setting Catalina Channel relay of Barbara Held, Lynn Kubasek, Julian Rusinek, Veronica Hibben, Marc Horwitz, Ray Meltvedt, kayakers Dan Simonelli and Dana Murray, with observers Patsee Ober and Peter Hayden
Fear No Pier participants under the pier at Huntington Beach, including Lynn Kubasek, Julian Rusinek, Ray Meltvedt, Theo Schmeeckle, Natalie Merrow, Tanya MacLean, and Scott Zornig just after finishing their 19th stage swim. Photo by WOWSA

Julian Rusinek is a 52-year-old American open water swimmer who became the first swimmer to swim from San Miguel Island to Santa Rosa Island in the California Channel Islands on 21 September 2013 in 2 hours 25 minutes under the auspices of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association. He has been swimming since the age of six and was a competitive swimmer through college; at 18 he became a Seal Beach lifeguard.

He is the namesake to the Julian Rusinek Scholarship.

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Julian Rusinek Scholarship

The Julian Rusinek Scholarship is a scholarship funded by Rusinek that provides financial assistance to American marathon swimmers who have difficulty meeting the financial requirements of channel swimming or are doing a fundraiser for a worthy charitable organization. Each scholarship can range up to US$500 towards Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association sanctioning fees and may be awarded to American swimmers who demonstrate both a financial need and commitment to completing a swim across one of the Santa Barbara channels. Recipients must also be a good steward of the sport and respect the traditional rules of marathon swimming.

The islands include San Miguel Island, Santa Rosa Island, Santa Cruz Island, Anacapa Island, San Nicolas Island, Santa Barbara Island, San Clemente Island, and Santa Catalina Island.

Relay Swimming

He was also a member of Team Tripod, a group of 3 separate teams of 6 swimmers each that completed a joint crossing of the Catalina Channel in 13 hours 16 minutes in August 2012. The 3 relays swam the exact same pace across the Catalina Channel. The teams started near midnight on Cabrillo Beach and swam out to Catalina Island with Carol Sing as the team leader.

Members

The swimmers included Julian Rusinek, Lynn Kubasek, Carol Hayden, Karl Jacobs, Kenny Jacobs, Tanya MacLean, Patsee Ober, Marc Horwitz, Tom Cook, Dan Simonelli, Kelley Schall, Thomas Johnson, Steve Coopersmith, Natalie Kreitzinger, Marta Gaughen, Paula Selby, Yafa Minazad, and Kim Miller. The support crew included Grace van der Byl, Julie Flanagan, Kevin Eslinger, Forrest Nelson, and Neil van der Byl. The CCSF Observers included Carol Sing and John York.

Team Augie

Jullian Rusinek is a member of Team Augie consisting of Lisa Nordholm, John Stevens, Rusinek, Morgan Empey, Vanessa Mesia and Mike Lane.

Team Augie, a 6-person relay team that completed a crossing of the Anacapa Channel on 14 October 2012 in 7 hours 15 minutes. They swam together with 2 other relay teams: Team Coto consisting of Michael Trudeau, Tanya MacLean, Jeff Conrad, Ben Putman, Lynn Kubasek, Cherie Edborg and Team Jessie consisting of Howard Burns, Charlie Christensen, Marc Horwitz, Mike Kendall, Alan Baumgardner and Corey Tabor.

All 3 teams were escorted by the boat New Blue Fin.

Anacapa Island

Anacapa Island is a small volcanic island located about 11 miles (18 km) off the coast of Port Hueneme, California, in the United States. Anacapa Island is composed of a series of narrow islets 6 miles (10 km) miles long, running in a mostly east-west orientation, 5 miles (8 km) east of Santa Cruz Island. Anacapa is part of the Channel Islands archipelago and is part of the Channel Islands National Park. It is the smallest of the northern islands.

Catalina Channel Relay

Rusinek was a member of the 82nd successful relay across the Catalina Channel. The Commotion on the Ocean completed a 14 hour 11 minute 26 second crossing from the California mainland to Catalina Island on 7 August 2012, consisting of Rusinek, Peter Hayden, Ben Barham, Vanessa Mesia, Tim Davies and Karl Jacobs.

He was also part of the world record setting As Seen On TV that set the Catalina Channel - Fastest Mixed (3 man and 3 women) 50-59 Catalina-to-Mainland Relay record in 9 hours 38 minutes together with Barbara Held, Marc Horwitz, Ray Meltvedt, Lynn Kubasek, and Roni Hibben on 1 July 2013.

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As Seen On TV

San Miguel to Santa Rosa

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