- 1 Open Water Swimming Highlights
- 2 English Channel Relay Record
- 3 US Open Water Swimming
- 4 Fastest Catalina Channel Crossings in History
- 5 Fastest English Channel Crossings in Comparison
- 6 1991 FINA World Championship 25 km Race Results
- 7 1998 FINA World Championships 25 km Race Results
- 8 External links
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- She won 6 USA Swimming national open water swimming championships, including three 15 km (9.3-mile) races and one 25 km (15.5-mile) race.
- She won the 10-mile ocean swim at the 1989 Seal Beach Rough Water Swim in Seal Beach, California.
- She won a bronze medal in the FINA World Championships 25 km (15.5 miles) in 1991.
- She won a FINA World Cup race in Lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada in 1992.
- She was a two-time World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation champion in 1996 and 1997.
- She set the women's record for the Catalina Channel crossing from Santa Catalina Island to the mainland in 7 hours 43 minutes in 1994.
- She swam the English Channel in 9 hours 4 minutes in 1993.
- She was on USA Swimming National Team on its record-setting English Channel relay of 6 hours 52 minutes in 1990.
- She served as the USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Coordinator for four years and organized open water swimming competitions in Colorado.
- She represented the United States at the 1991 and 1998 FINA World Swimming Championships in Perth, Western Australia, competing in the 25 km marathon swim. She finished third in 1991.
- She won the 88 km Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Parana in Argentina in 1993 in 9 hours 41 minutes 42 seconds.
- She won the 25 km FINA World Cup race in lac St-Jean, Canada in 1992 in 6 hours 20 minutes 2 seconds.
- She participated in the Colorado Crew relay team that completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 9 hours 40 minutes including Karen Burton Reeder, Christian Burton, John Reeder, David Reeder, Scott Reeder, and Aimee Burton with a support team of David Reeder, Cheryl Burton, Dave Sundias, Steve Chase, Rene Burton, and observers Patricio Libenson and Don Van Cleve.
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.
US Open Water Swimming
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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