Kent Nicholas

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S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge race director Kent Nicholas on left with South African Roger Finch on right
S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge competitors in the inaugural race in Arizona including Dave Barra, Janet Harris and Kent Nicholas
Apache Lake, the venue of Day 3 of the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona
Theodore Roosevelt Lake of the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona, photo by Jeff Lewis
Course taken by Forrest Nelson, Becky Jackman-Beeler, Mike Mitchell, Kent Nicholas, Emily Evans, and Tina Neill were members of Team FTD that completed a 6-way crossing of the Catalina Channel that was captained by John Pittman aboard the Outrider, ratified by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation and observed by Carol Sing, Donald Van Cleve, and Adam Moine. Source: Marathon Swimmers Forum by Evan Morrison
Kent Nicholas is a dedicated American open water swimmer and criminal defense attorney from Mesa, Arizona.


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.

Relay Records

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.

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Swimming World Interview


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