Chad Hundeby (died 12 June 2021 at the age of 49) was an American pool and marathon swimmer from Southern California, nicknamed the American Express. He was a member of the Blue Buoy Swim School in Tustin, California and as a college student-athlete, competed for Southern Methodist University team. His nickname is the American Express.
- He was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1996 as an Honor Swimmer.
- He was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2012 as an Honor Swimmer.
- He received a Certificate of Merit in 2011 from the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Open Water Swimming Career
- Hundeby captured the world 25 km title at the 1991 FINA World Swimming Championships in the Swan River in Perth, Australia.
- Hundeby was honored as the Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the USA Swimming in 1991, 1993 and 1994 where he also was the overall point leader in either the IMSA or FINA World Series pro circuit.
- On 1 August 1993, he competed in the 32 km Traversee Internationale du lac St-Jean in Canada in 9 hours 19 seconds.
- On 14 August 1993, he competed in the 37 km Atlantic City Around The Island Swim in 7 hours 13 minutes 32 seconds.
- On 24 September 1993, he completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel (CM) in 8 hours 14 minutes 46 seconds.
- In 1993, he completed the 25 km Swim Across The Sound in 5 hours 56 minutes 37 seconds.
- On 31 July 1994, he competed in the 32 km Traversee Internationale du lac St-Jean in Canada in 9 hours 25 minutes 38 seconds.
- On 27 September 1994, he completed a crossing of the English Channel in 7 hours 17 minutes at the age of 23. The previous record by Penny Dean of 7 hours 40 minutes stood since 1978.
- In 1994, he completed a 25 km Swim Across The Sound in 5 hours 45 minutes.
- In 1995, he competed in the 25 km Swim Across The Sound in 6 hours 7 minutes 19 seconds.
- He was on a Catalina Channel record-setting relay.
- He won nearly every professional marathon swim in the world during his career.
- He won the 10-mile ocean swim at the 1989 Seal Beach Rough Water Swim in Seal Beach, California.
Fastest English Channel Crossings in History
1. Trent Grimsey, Australia, E-F in September 2012 in 6 hours 55 minutes
2. Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2007 in 6 hours 56 minutes 50 seconds
4. Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2005 in 7 hours 3 minutes
4. Yuri Kudinov, Russia, E-F in August 2006 in 7 hours 5 minutes
5. Vitek Rostislav, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2009 in 7 hours 16 minutes
6. Chad Hundeby, USA, E-F in September 1994 in 7 hours 17 minutes
7. Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2004 in 7 hours 20 minutes
8. Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2006 in 7 hours 21 minutes
9. David Meca, Spain, E-F in August 2005 in 7 hours 22 minutes
10. Yvetta Hlavacova, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2006 in 7 hours 25 minutes
11. Penny Lee Dean, USA, E-F in July 1978 in 7 hours 40 minutes
Fastest Catalina Channel Crossings in History
1. 7:15 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, MC in September 1976
2. 7:27 by Grace van der Byl, USA, CM in October 2012
3. 7:37 by Pete Huisveld, USA, MC in August 1992
4. 7:41 by John York, USA, MC in September 1978 (first leg of a 2-way)
5. 7:43 by Karen Burton, USA, CM in October 1994
6. 8:05 by Todd Robinson, USA, CM in August 2009
7. 8:07:03 by Hank Wise, USA, CM in October 2010
8. 8:07:37 by Hank Wise, USA, MC in June 2015
9. 8:14 by Chad Hundeby, USA, CM in September 1993
10. 8:20 by Gemma Jensen, Australia, CM in August 2006
11. 8:27 by Jim McConica, USA, CM in October 1983
12. 8:28 by Rendy Lynn Opdycke, USA, CM in August 2008
13. 8:31 by John York, USA, MC in October 1977
14. 8:32 by John York, USA, CM in October 2000
USA Long Distance International Championships
English Channel Relay Record
Hundeby remains one of the English Channel relay record-holders along with Jay Wilkerson, Martha Jahn, Karen Burton, Dirk Bouma, and Sid Cassidy. The USA Swimming national open water team members set three English Channel relay records: 6 hours 52 minutes on their first leg (England-to-France), 7 hours 26 minutes on their second leg (France-to-England), and the fastest overall and fastest 2-way relay (England-to-France-to-England) in 14 hours 18 minutes in 1990. The team was coached by Penny Dean and John York.
1991 FINA World Championships 25 km Race Results
Held in Swan River in Perth, Australia.
1 Chad Hundeby 5:01:46
2 Sergio Chariandini 5:03:19
3 David O'Brien 5:08:53
4 Nace Majcen 5:13:08
5 Jay Wilkerson 5:15:20
6 Roberto Faccinetti 5:16:14
7 Christof Wandratsch 5:18:44
8 Peter Galvin 5:19:28
9 Dragan Kurgic 5:20:32
10 Greg Streppel 5:22:52
11 Martijn van Heusden 5:24:07
12 Attila Molnar 5:26:21
13 Justin Palfrey 5:29:40
14 Michal Sanda 5:31:35
15 Jaime Gavaid 5:33:03
16 Mauricio Buczmiejuk 5:33:13
17 Dusan Toth Szabo 5:38:17
18 Marc Newman 5:40:46
19 Erik van Dartel 5:41:31
20 Michal Spacek 5:46:53
21 Ricardo Sperti 5:58:54
22 Jordi Cervera 6:02:31
23 Mohammed Abdel 6:04:07
24 Nazr Hasabala 6:06:48
25 Karim Madsen 6:42:30
26 Taranath Narayan Shenoy 7:26:41
- Chad Hundeby Passes Away. A Hero Will Be Missed
- How Far Is The English Channel?
- Champions, Adventurers, Record Holders, Endurers And Supporters In The Hall Of Fame
- Yvetta Hlaváčová Honored By The International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame
- Rough, Rough Waters In The 1993 Swim Across The Sound
- Greg Streppel Talks About Global Travels & FINA Victories On WOWSA Live
- On Course - Eventually - To The Olympic Marathon Swim
- Karen Burton Talks About Swimming Around The World On WOWSA Live
- David Clark Talks Safety And The Catalina Channel Season On WOWSA Live
- John Goodbody On An Open Water Swimming Icon, Thomas Watch
- Watching Over Many, Impacting All
- World Record Progression Of English Channel Crossings
- Back In The Day
- International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
- Chad Hundeby, International Swimming Hall Of Fame
- Swim for Safety
- International Swimming Hall of Fame
- History Of The Seal Beach Rough Water Swim
- World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation
- First 24 Years Of Lac Memphrémagog Traversée
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming
- Daily News of Open Water Swimming
- Marathon Swimming
- Seal Beach Rough Water Swim
- LongSwimsDB profile
- English Channel world record progression
- Records in Catalina Channel vs. English Channel
- Emily Brunemann's 10-month Odyssey On The Pro Circuit
- Catalina Channel Swimming Back In The Day
- Champions, Adventurers, Record Holders And Endurers
- A Powerhouse - 1990 USA National Open Water Swim Team
- Baby Boomers Looking To Test Time
- How Fast Do You Have To Be?
- Crème de la Crème Of The Open Water World
- Catalina Channel vs English Channel, Which Is Faster?
- Cross-Generational, Cross-Border Links Between Swimmers
- The Comeback Of The Greatest Native American Swimmer
- The California Open Water Swimming Oasis
- Karen Burton Reeder, Flying High In The Open Water
- Hank Wise Back With Fox Across Catalina Again
- A Wise Man's Approach To Crossing Catalina
- Catalina Channel Swimming Federation
- So Many Channel Swimmers On His Watch
- Men vs. Women In The Open Water
- Open Water Swimming Dual Inductees And Dual Honorees