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Don Baker

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The Old Men and the Sea Relay with 84-year-old Don Baker, 80-year-old Dr. Bill Spore, 81-year-old Dave Radcliffe, 84-year-old Graham Johnston, 82-year-old Bob Best, 85-year-old Robert Beach, and 82-year-old Norm Stupfel

Don Baker is an 84-year-old American competitive swimmer and open water swimmer from La Jolla, California who participated on the Old Men and the Sea relay and the La Jolla's Swell Guys Too relay across the Catalina Channel. He swam for Oregon State University before he resumed competition in his 60s, and has won 10 individual and eight relay gold medals at the U.S. Masters Swimming national championships.

Old Men and the Sea Relay[edit]

The Old Men and the Sea Relay is a group of American open water swimmers who crossed the Catalina Channel on 20 August 2015 in 12 hours 15 minutes from Santa Catalina Island to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. They are the first 6-member octogenarian relay to cross a major channel around the world. Kayaker Claudia Rose and paddleboarder Kevin Eslinger and included 84-year-old Don Baker, 80-year-old Dr. Bill Spore, 81-year-old Dave Radcliffe. 84-year-old Graham Johnston, 82-year-old Bob Best, 85-year-old Robert Beach, and 82-year-old Norm Stupfel. Their effort is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

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