First From Arizona
Nicholas was the first man from the state of Arizona to (a) swim across the Catalina Channel in 2011, (b) complete the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on 23 June 2012, and (c) join the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with his successful crossing of the English Channel on 1 August 2013 under the escort of Stuart Gleeson on the Sea Leopard in 11 hours, 22 minutes.
He has also completed 2 of he 7 channels of the Oceans Seven.
S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge
In order to train for the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Nicholas pioneered the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in the state of Arizona, an 41+ mile stage swim involving four lakes along the lower Salt River outside of Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. S.C.A.R. stands for Saguaro, Canyon, Apache and Roosevelt lakes - all varied in their raw beauty and dramatic desert landscape. The first three lakes are from dam to dam varying in distance from 9 miles to 17 miles with the last swim being a 10 km night swim with glow sticks under a starlit sky.
Nicholas maintains a very supportive network of family and friends including teammates from Mesa Aquatics Club, Optimal Performance Trainers, specifically Summer Bezdek, and his loyal crew and wife, Candice who has never missed a race. His highlight in open water swimming is seeing his son, Luke, win his age group at the 1 mile open water race at the Kingdom Swim in Vermont.
Nicholas was a member of the six-member HTC Relay team with Tina Neill (captain), Forrest Nelson, Emily Evans, Steve Lowe, and Mike Mitchell that set a new course record of 25 hours 48 minutes from a swim from San Clemente Island, around the western edge of Catalina Island, to the Southern California mainland at Cabrillo Beach on 25 July 2012. The HTC Relay broke the record of the Swim for Hope relay for the 52 statute mile channel swim.
He was also a member of Team FTD, an open water swimming relay consisting of Forrest Nelson, Becky Jackman-Beeler, Mike Mitchell, Emily Evans, and Tina Neill. The relay completed an unprecedented 6-way Catalina Channel crossing in 61 hours 7 minutes from 10-13 July 2013. Source: Evan Morrison of the Marathon Swimmers Forum on 13 July 2013.
S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge
Swimming World Interview.
- Catalina Channel 6-way Crossing
- Unforgettable Swims
- Open Water Swimmers Are Left With a S.C.A.R.
- Open Water Swimming
- NYC Swim bio
- Mesa Swimmer Sets Eyes on English Channel
- Nicholas dedicates 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim to Child Crisis Center
- Mesa Attorney Channel Surfs
- San Clemente Crossed For The Second Time
- Scarred For Life On A Starry, Starry Night In Arizona
- S.C.A.R. To Begin Tomorrow
- Fast Times, Camaraderie On S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge Day 2
- Day One, Stage One At S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge
- 17 Miles Across Apache Lake On Day 3 Of S.C.A.R.
- Deep In The Desert, They Held Their Own Against The Wind
- Grace Van Der Byl Goes 3 For 3 After 17
- The End Of S.C.A.R. Signifies Its Beginning
- The Triple Crown Of Open Water Swimming
- The Weather Could Not Have Been Better