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Karen Burton

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Karen Burton, inductee (Honour Swimmer of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, inducted in 1999
Karen Burton Reeder with Jay Wilkerson, coach Flip Darr, Chad Hundeby, Martha Jahn, Dirk Bouma, and Sid Cassidy with coaches Penny Dean and John York as part of the record-setting English Channel relay that 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

Karen Burton Reeder (born 11 June 1962) is an American professional marathon swimmer and graduate of the Air Force Academy where she received a bachelor's degree in Human Factor Engineering.

She was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 1999 and won the 1992 Waikiki Roughwater Swim on Oahu, Hawaii.

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English Channel Relay Record

Burton remains one of the English Channel relay record-holders along with Jay Wilkerson, Chad Hundeby, Martha Jahn, 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.

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She manages the US Open Water Swimming website.

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

Fastest English Channel Crossings in Comparison

1. 6:55 by Trent Grimsey, Australia, E-F in September 2012
2. 6:57 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2007
3. 7:03 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2005
4. 7:05 by Yuri Kudinov, Russia, E-F in August 2007
5. 7:16 by Vitek Rostislav, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2009
6. 7:17 by Chad Hundeby, USA, E-F in September 1994
7. 7:20 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2003
8. 7:21 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2006
9. 7:22 by David Meca, Spain, E-F in August 2005
10. 7:25 by Yvetta Hlavacova, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2006
11. 7:40 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, E-F in July 1978

1991 FINA World Championship 25 km Race Results

Held in Swan River in Perth, Australia
1 Shelley Taylor-Smith 5:21:06
2 Martha Jahn 5:25:17
3 Karen Burton Reeder 5:28:23
4 Rita Kovacs 5:31:33
5 Elana Resch 5:39:47
6 Tammy Van Wisse 5:42:53
7 Corinne Liedtke 5:48:58
8 Lenka Pacáková 5:57:35
9 Rita Lazar 6:00:22
10 Jolanda Palmentieri 6:21:17
11 Bridget Young 6:25:03
12 Anita Sood 6:26:56
13 Diana Simonović 6:28:21
14 Christiane Fanzeres 6:28:44
15 Carole Hunt 6:31:20
16 Marcia Marques 6:36:10
17 Katarina Mioč 6:40:15
18 Muna Towe 6:46:09
19 Daria Amaged 7:23:02

1998 FINA World Championships 25 km Race Results

1 Tobie Smith 5:31:20
2 Peggy Büchse 5:32:19
3 Edith van Dijk 5:38:06
4 Tracey Knowles 5:40:20
5 Valeria Casprini 5:43:35
6 Etta van der Weijden 5:44:38
7 Britta Kamrau 5:47:24
8 Gaia Naldini 5:49:05
9 Annette Andermatt 5:51:54
10 Karen Burton Reeder 5:56:40
11 Angela Collett 6:05:17
12 Melissa Cunningham 6:07:14
13 Maša Jamnik 6:08:32
14 Radka Nechmačová 6:09:53
15 Attilia Figini 6:11:55
16 Celina Endo 6:15:44
17 Edit Kasparik 6:26:27

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