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Dave Holscher

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The two-way Farallon relay accomplished a 29.68-mile one-way crossing from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallons in 14 hours 9 minutes on 25 April 2015 before calling the swim due to weather conditions. Data provided by the MSF SwimTrack by the Marathon Swimmers Federation

Dave Holscher is an architect and a member of the Night Train Swimmers on the world's longest non-stop ocean relay swim attempt (339 miles or 545.4km) together with Phil Cutti, Patti Bauernfeind, Joe Locke, Kim Chambers and Zack Jirkovsky. He has also completed a Farallon Islands relay crossing with the Night Train Swimmers and assisted as a pace swimmer on other Farallon Islands' attempts.

Holsher began swimming at very young age at the beach in Southern California. He swam at Loyola High School so he could play water polo. After competitive sailing at U.C. Berkeley and then spending two years on the island of Pohnpei, he got back into swimming via triathlons. Then the pure form of long distance swimming took hold. Holscher is one of the first members of Night Train Swimmers that swam the English Channel in 2008. Other notable swims include: touching the buoy at the Farallon Islands to complete the relay swim in 2011 and winning the Mayors Cup at RCP Tiburon Mile.

SF to SB Relay[edit]

Holscher is also a member of the Night Train Swimmers that attempted the SF to SB Relay, the world's longest non-stop ocean relay swim attempt (339 miles or 545.4km) from San Francisco to Santa Barbara along the California coast together with Phil Cutti, Patti Bauernfeind, Joe Locke, Kim Chambers, Zack Jirkovsky, and crew Patrick Horn and Captain Vito Bialla between 23-28 September 2012. It was halted after 6 days due to bloom after bloom of venomous jellyfish.

Two-way Farallon Relay[edit]

He will attempt the first two-way Farallon relay, a 6-person double crossing relay from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands together with Emily Kreger, Patti Bauernfeind, Simon Dominguez, Kim Chambers, Ashley Horne with back-up and escort swimmers Kate Webber and Vito Bialla in April 2015.

Two-way Farallon Relay[edit]

Holscher was a member of the unprecedented attempt at a two-way Farallon relay, a 6-person 60-mile (95.6 km) relay from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Francisco Bay, on 25 April 2015. They stopped on a one-way crossing at the buoy located at Fisherman's Cove at the South Farallon Island after 29.68 miles in 14 hours 9 minutes in rough seas. The swim was sanctioned by the Farallon Islands Swimming Association. Members included Emily Kreger, Patti Bauernfeind, Simon Dominguez, Kim Chambers, Ashley Horne, Dave Holscher, Kate Webber, Captain Vito Bialla, co-captain Patrick Horn, and David Ogden, M.D.

Distance Relay Record Attempt[edit]

Holscher set the distance relay record of over 300 miles (482 km) in San Francisco Bay over a 5 day period in June 2015 together with Grace van der Byl, Kim Chambers, Adam Eilath, Vito Bialla, and Ashley Horne. It is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Chocolate Chip Circumnavigation[edit]

The members of the Night Train Swimmers completed a 1-mile circumnavigation swim around Chocolate Chip rock, starting at Devil's Teeth in the Farallon Islands including Vito Bialla, Dave Holscher, Kim Chambers, Kate Weber, Simon Dominguez, and Ashley Horne on 12 July 2015 amid the presence of Great White Sharks. The Farallon Islands are a group of islands and sea stacks in the Gulf of the Farallones, off the coast of San Francisco, California, United States.

NT300[edit]

He is a member of the Night Train 300 (or NT300) that swam over 300 miles (482.2 km) non-stop as a six-person open water swimming relay in San Francisco Bay. The charity event began on 6 September 2015 is a fundraiser for Arthur Renowitzky walk again after being paralyzed by a gun shot wound to his spine, and set the distance record for a 6-person open water swimming relay.

Adhering to standard English Channel relay rules, NT300 will swim continuously in 1-hour individual rotations for an estimated 5 days in an attempt to break the existing distance record [currently held a team from India, called The Sea Hawks that swam for 269 miles (433 km) over 6 days off the Konkan Coast in western India). They will swim in San Francisco Bay as far south as the Giants Stadium and as far north as Benicia with the goal is raise US$50,000 to be able to help make Arthur Renowitzky walk again by outfitting him with a exoskeleton REWALK suit.

Members included Grace van der Byl, Dave Holscher, Kimberley Chambers, Adam Eilath, Ashley Horne, and Vito Bialla.

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