Darrin Connolly is originally from Milpitas, California and now a resident of San Francisco. He is an Open Water Swimming Instructor at City and County of San Francisco Recreation and Parks and a Swim Instructor at University of California San Francisco Fitness and Recreation, and Swim Commissioner at South End Rowing Club.
Connolly played college basketball at California State Bakersfield from 1989-1991 and has been a masters swimmer since 2005. He is a member of the Night Train Swimmers.
Connolly's notable long swims and open water relays include a solo across Lake Tahoe in under 4 hours, Bay Bridge to Ocean Beach, San Francisco Aquatic Park to China Beach, Round Trip Alcatraz, and Point Bonita to San Francisco Aquatic Park. He has also competed in the Maui Channel Swim and Trans Tahoe Relay several times.
Farallon Islands Relay Swim
Q1. Why? It's a very beautiful and challenging route to swim that very few people get the chance to attempt. The Farallon Islands themselves are very well known, becomes a great conversation starter. Finally, I love the camaraderie of team sports as well as being in and on the wild Pacific Ocean. This event includes all of that, I feel really lucky and grateful for the opportunity.
Q2. What pace will you swim at? I want to try and push the pace on my first turn, give my team an edge on finishing by covering as much distance as I can. After that I want to maintain a good pace without totally wearing myself out in case I have to go in multiple times.
Q3. What hazards are there? Very strong currents that can push us away from making it to the Golden Gate, if that happens it will be that much tougher for us to finish. Thirty miles is long enough.
Q4. What is your frame of mind? I'm nervous but it's a good kind of nervous. I'm excited to see the Islands, want to swim hard and, most importantly...have some fun out there.