Andrew Malinak is an open water swimmer from New York, United States. He has taken part in a number of open water swimming events on the East Coast of the United States, as well as abroad in Muscat and Dubai. He is president of the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association and a member of the MSF Core Group.
Marathon Swimming Career
- He crossed the Strait of Gibraltar on 5 June 2010 in 4 hours 12 minutes from Tarifa to Punta Cires
- He completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on 24 June 2012 in 8 hours 8 minutes, anti clockwise
- He crossed the Strait of Juan de Fuca from British Columbia, Canada to Washington, USA, 10.4 miles (16.8 km) in 6 hours 59 minutes. It was the fastest crossing, first successful since 1989, and seventh overall, sanctioned and observed by Northwest Open Water Swimming Association
- He was the first male and third person in history to complete all 6 stage swims in the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in New York between 18-25 June 2014
- He completed a 21.4-mile open water swim from Tacoma to West Seattle in the State of Washington on 6 June 2015 in 8 hours 42 minutes that replicated in reverse Bert Thomas' swim in May 1956
- He served as observer for Sarah Thomas' unprecedented 81.8-mile (141.6 km) crossing of Lake Powell along the Arizona-Utah border in the western USA on 4-6 October 2016 in 56 hours 5 minutes. Still photos by Ken Classen.
- Starting on 6 August 2016, he served as an escort crew member on Sarah Thomas' unprecedented 104.6 mile (168.4 km) 66 hour 16 minute solo marathon swim in Lake Champlain in New York and Vermont.
- He won the Streeter Award for Service to Marathon Swimming in 2016 by the Marathon Swimmers Federation.
- He was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2019 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.
MSF Core Group
He is a member of the MSF Core Group that oversees standards and policies for Marathon Swimmers Federation projects. He is joined by David Barra, Caroline Block PhD, Elaine Kornbau Howley, Anthony McCarley, Evan Morrison, Emma Radford, and Sarah Thomas.
Bert Thomas Swim
MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming
Malinak was one of the architects of the MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming.
2016 MSF Calendar
Malinak's photography was featured in the 2016 MSF Calendar:
January: 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, Stage 5. Photo by Andrew Malinak.
February: Anthony McCarley, Catalina Channel. Photo by Caren Morrison.
March: Chloë McCardel, 4-way English Channel. Photo by Paul McQueeney.
April: Wendy Van de Sompele and Ann White, Puget Sound, Washington. Photo by Peter Ray.
May: Breda Maguire, Fountainstown, Ireland. Photo by Siobhan Russell.
June: Bernard Lynch and Liam Maher, Ballycotton, Ireland. Photo by Siobhan Russell.
July: Gregg Bolsinger, English Channel. Photo by Jean Francois Bouloy.
August: Lynne MacGregor, Robben Island to Big Bay. Photo by John MacGregor.
September: Elliot Spaeder and support crew, Lake Erie. Photo by Robert Frank.
October: David Uprichard, Lake Memphremagog, Vermont Photo by Phil White.
November: Elaine Howley, Loch Ness, Scotland. Photo by Andrew Malinak.
December: Vlissingen, Netherlands. Photo by Mischa de Muynck.
Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt 2014
In July of 2014, Andrew (now a resident of Seattle) attempted to become the 8th person to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. After 6 hours 10 minutes, the swim was ultimately called short due to adverse currents and water temperatures between 46 and 50 degrees F, but the planning process that went into it and media attention the event gathered was no small feat in its own. The swim was written up by Andrew along the way covering the challenges of planning a complex marathon swim from scratch. The write-up, along with other entertaining material, can be seen at Please tap on the glass.
Sarah Thomas' Lake Powell Swim
Courtesy of Jamie Patrick of Adventure Swimmer Productions in association with Sea Nymph Films showcases Sarah Thomas' unprecedented 81.8-mile (141.6 km) crossing of Lake Powell along the Arizona-Utah border in the western USA on 4-6 October 2016 in 56 hours 5 minutes. Still photos by Ken Classen.
2016 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men
1. Dr. Doron Amosi, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, channel swimmer and endurance athlete from Mexico
4. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice swimmer from South Africa
5. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon swimmer from USA
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
6. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
8. Luc Chetboun, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
9. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme swimmer from Italy
10. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme swimmer from South Africa
11. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
12. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
14. Ben Enosh, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel/USA
14. Udi Erell, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
15. Stephen Junk, channel swimmer from Australia
16. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice swimmer from Estonia
16. Ger Kennedy, ice, underwater and extreme swimmer from Ireland
18. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from the USA
19. Neil Macaskill, extreme/cross-border swimmer from South Africa
20. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
21. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
22. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
24. Chris Marthinusen, extreme/high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
24. Patrick McKnight, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Allan McLeland, Peak and Pond swimmer/climber from the USA
26. Darren Miller, channel swimmer and event director from the USA
26. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
28. Gullupilli Narhari, extreme relay swimmer from India
29. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
40. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
41. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
42. Javier Mérida Prieto, disabled Triple Crown swimmer from Spain
44. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme swimmer from the UK
44. Oded Rahav, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
45. Stephen Redmond, channel/marathon swimmer from Ireland
46. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
46. Ori Sela, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
48. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
49. Paramvir Singh, extreme relay swimmer from India
40. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
41. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
42. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
44. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
44. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island swimmer from France
46. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
46. Adam Walker, coach, event organizer, and channel swimmer from England
48. Christof Wandratsch, event organizer and ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
49. Brenton Williams, event organizer and butterfly ocean swimmer from South Africa
50. Herman van der Westhuizen, extreme high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
- Core Strength Is Key In Marathon Swimming
- 2016 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men
- Adventure Swimmers Productions Showcases Sarah Thomas
- Marathon Swimmers Federation
- The Swimmers Of 2015
- Please tap on the glass: a personal blog of one man's attempt to become an aquarium animal
- Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt: pre-swim interview by King 5 Seattle
- Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt: pre-swim interview by KOMO News Seattle
- Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt: pre-swim article by Peninsula Daily News
- Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt: swim updates by Peninsula Daily News
- Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt: post-swim article by Peninsula Daily News
- Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt: pre-swim coverage on crew member's blog
- Andrew Malinak's MIMS website
- Andrew Malinak's USMS Blog on the Strait of Juan de Fuca
- NYC Swim bio
- Poughkeepsie Journal: Malinak Trains For Marathon Swim
- Greenpoint News: Andrew Malinak Around Manhattan Island
- MSF Rules Of Marathon Swimming Announced
- Time Will Tell How Changes Impact Open Water Rules
- 6 Uber Days Between 8 Long Bridges
- Gem Of A Swim Across Lake Pend Oreille
- Smiling And Swimming All Day And Night
- Elaine Howley To Forge New Opportunities In Idaho
- Andrew Malinak Honors The Legacy Of Bert Thomas
- In Search Of Nessie Succeeds Without Sightings
- Marathon Swimmers Calendar
- Marathon Swimmers Federation
- Stephen Rouch Joins 6 Luminaries In 8 Bridges
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming
- Marathon Swimming
- NOWSA Promotes Swimming In The Pacific Northwest
- Cheryl Reinke, Paige Christie Go 6 For 6 At 8 Bridges
- Sarah Starts Swimming...141.6 km...
- After 24 Hours, Sarah Thomas Over Halfway In Lake Powell
- Sarah Thomas Is Beyond Incredible
- Sarah Thomas Does 56 Hour 5 Minute Lake Powell Swim
- The Briliance And Creativity Of Sarah Thomas
- Sarah Thomas' Lake Powell Marathon Is 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance Of The Year
- Sarah Sweeps Solo Swims
- History's First Current-Neutral 100-Mile Swim
- Swimming Through The Night With Vampires
- Dramatic Data On Sarah Thomas' Century Swim
- Sarah Thomas' Beamonesque Century Swim
- Sarah Thomas going for the century mark on Lake Champlain
- Supporting And Crewing On Sarah Thomas' Century Swim
- Chasing Amy, Where Perception And Reality Clash
- Sarah Thomas Honored By The Hall Of Fame
- 2016 Marathon Swimmers Federation Award Nominees
- Marathon Swimmers Federation 2016 Awards
- 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim
- They Did It
- Kim Rutherford Achieves a Dream Across Strait of Juan de Fuca