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Carol Hayden

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Carol Schumacher Hayden's Catalina Channel crossing was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
Carol and Peter Hayden, a husband and wife team who both crossed the Anacapa Channel in California

Carol Schumacher Hayden (born 30 July 1950) is a 66-year-old American open water swimmer from California who set two channel swimming records across the Catalina Channel and the Santa Barbara Channel.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination[edit]

Carol Schumacher Hayden had to overcome more than usual to set the overall age record across any of the Channel Islands in California. At the age of 66, she crossed the 20.2-mile Catalina Channel in 15 hours 2 minutes. But age was not the greatest obstacle for the veteran ocean swimmer. An unexpected injury derailed her attempt for a year. Due to a concussion, she had to deal with its effects during her training. Her headaches and vertigo as well as her memory loss and fatigue were made more intense by training in cold water. But she found the will and the way deep inside herself to power on despite the uncertainty of her health or readiness. For landing spot on at her intended location on the California mainland, for swimming as well as can be after dealing with a long rehabilitation period, for becoming one of the oldest channel swimmers in history, Carol Schumacher Hayden's Catalina Channel Crossing is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Catalina Channel Crossings[edit]


She became the oldest person to swim any California Channel island on 27 September 2016 at 66 years, escorted by the Bottom Scratcher with captains Danny, Daryl and Greg and crew members Peter Hayden (Crew chief), Howard Burns (Assistant crew chief), Marc Horwitz (Pharmacist/crew support/chef), Tanya MacLean (support swimmer), Russ Parker (support swimmer/cheerleader), Sakina Zerrel (support swimmer/ukulele), Julie Flanagan (kayaker), Patsee Ober (kayaker), Jane and Mike Mitchel (CCSF observers). Her Catalina Channel crossing was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Members[edit]

The swimmers included Julian Rusinek, Lynn Kubasek, Carol Hayden, Karl Jacobs, Kenny Jacobs, Tanya MacLean, Patsee Ober, Marc Horwitz, Tom Cook, Dan Simonelli, Kelley Schall, Thomas Johnson, Steve Coopersmith, Natalie Kreitzinger, Marta Gaughen, Paula Selby, Yafa Minazad, and Kim Miller. The support crew included Grace van der Byl, Julie Flanagan, Kevin Eslinger, Forrest Nelson, and Neil van der Byl. The CCSF Observers included Carol Sing and John York.

Southern Pacific Masters Swimming Open Water Series[edit]

The SPMS Open Water Series is a 10-race series for registered swimmers of Southern Pacific Masters Swimming in Southern California.

2012 Series Schedule[edit]

1. Seal Beach Rough Water Swim, 1 mile
2. Seal Beach Rough Water Swim, 3 miles
3. Semana Nautica, 6 miles
4. Balboa to Newport Pier-to-Pier, 2 miles
5. Nadadores Rough Water Swim at Salt Creek, 2.4 mile
6. OptimisSport Distance Swim Challenge, 1.2 mile swim
7. OptimisSport Distance Swim Challenge, 2.4 mile swim
8. Don Burns Corona del Mar Swim, 1 mile
9. Slam the Dam at Lake Mead, 1.2 mile loop
10. Slam the Dam at Lake Mead, 2.4 mile loop

2012 Series Winners[edit]

Female
19-24 years: Carri Cook
25-29 years: Lexie Kelly
30-34 years: Jessica Krick
35-39 years: Tanya MacLean
40-44 years: Vanessa Mesia
45-49 years: Melissa Latt
50-54 years: Lynn Kubasek
55-59 years: Veronica Hibben
60-64 years: Carol Hayden

Male
35-39 years: Craig Gutjahr
40-44 years: James Bergen
45-49 years: Bryan Buck
50-54 years: Bill Ireland
55-59 years: James Hardie
60-64 years: Hubie Kerns
75-79 years: Bill Cooke

Video[edit]

Anacapa Island Crossing[edit]

SBCSA Lifetime Members[edit]

External links[edit]