Rondi Davies

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Dr. Rondi Davies
Dr. Rondi Davies is an accomplished marathon swimmer, American record holder for the fastest time around Manhattan Island (5:44:47) for a woman and a postdoctoral research scientist and geologist in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History. She also co-founded the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim with David Barra and was the only person besides Grace van der Byl to finish each of the 7 stage swims of the 2012 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim.

Dr. Davies grew up in Papua New Guinea. At the age of 11, her family moved back to their native Australia and she attended high school in Canberra.

"Growing up in Papua New Guinea was really great. It was in the tropics, we were outdoors all the time, we didn’t have television, and we swam constantly. Everything centered around the ocean," recalled Dr. Davies.

Marathon Swimming Career

Besides her record-setting solo circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island in September 2011 and her 10-mile world record in the Kingdom Swim in Vermont, Dr. Davies also has competed the swims organized by NYC Swim including the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Park to Park Swim, Great Hudson River Swim, Liberty Island Swim, Little Red Lighthouse Swim, Brooklyn Bridge Swim, Governors Island Swim, and the Stars & Stripes Aquathlon as well as the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim down the Hudson River.

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