Michelle Evans-Chase

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Michelle Evans-Chase with husband Bruckner Chase offshore
Michelle Evans-Chase shown with her father Lt. Colonel Stewart Evans, the first man to swim to the California mainland from the Farallon Islands in August 1967
Michelle Evans-Chase grew up in Willingboro, New Jersey and has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 6. She swam for Rutgers University and grew up around open water swimming with her father and her brother. She has done open water swims in Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay in California, Ketchikan, Alaska and Folkestone, England.

She has coordinated or directed the swims and support for all of Bruckner Chase’s marathon swims and is a coach for the Ocean City Swim Club. Her father was the late channel swimmer Lt. Colonel Stewart Evans.

She wrote the grant for the American Samoan Toa o le Tai program.

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Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program

Becky McGill, Bruckner Chase and Michelle Evans-Chase are the principals with the Ocean Swimming & Prone Paddleboarding program for Athletes with Spinal Cord Injuries together with the Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital, and the City of Upper Township. They help individuals with spinal cord injuries learn how to move through the water and guides open water prone paddleboarding and swimming sessions. This Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program is a nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

WOWSA Awards

This Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program is a nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award. Its nomination reads,

They create transformative ocean experiences to positively impact the quality of life for those unwilling to accept being an observer. Bruckner Chase and Michelle Evans-Chase with Becky McGill, the Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital, and the City of Upper Township enable the most unlikely athletes to discover a personal connection to the ocean. By helping those with spinal cord injuries learn how to move through the water and guiding open water prone paddleboarding and swimming sessions, disabled athletes are leaving their wheelchairs and physical limitations on the beach to explore opportunities on and in the water. For their vision to bring the open water to a previously land-locked group, for their innovation to make paddling safe for those with severe physical challenges, for the empowering feelings and opportunities, the Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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