Nicholas maintains a very supportive network of family and friends including teammates from Mesa Aquatics Club and wife, Candice, who has never missed a race.
Open Water Swimming Career Highlights
- He saw his son, Luke, win his age group at the 1 mile open water race at the Kingdom Swim in Vermont in 2016.
- He completed the Alcatraz and Golden Gate swims in 2014 and 2015.
- He completed the 25 km Border Buster cross-border swim on Lake Memphremagog, Vermont in 8 hours 25 minutes 15 seconds on 29 July 2016.
- He was the first man from the state of Arizona to (a) swim across the Catalina Channel in 2011, (b) complete the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on 24 June 2012, and (c) join the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with his successful crossing of the English Channel on 1 August 2014 under the escort of Stuart Gleeson on the Sea Leopard in 11 hours, 22 minutes.
- He has completed 2 of the 6 channels of the Oceans Seven.
- He is a Lifetime Member of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association.
- He served as an observer for Joe Zemaitis who completed a 47 hour 23 minute 112 km Roosevelt 4.5 Swim in November 2020.
- He serves as an observer with the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation for the 12 hour 52 minute crossing of the Catalina Channel by the Phoenix Swim Club Rowdy Mermaids with Susie Paul, Erica Mcclurg, Jennifer Pfeifer, Samantha Kramer, Stephanie Mindlin, Lindsay Herf, and Dana Price.
S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge
In order to train for the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Nicholas pioneered the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in the state of Arizona, an 41+ mile stage swim involving four lakes along the lower Salt River outside of Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. S.C.A.R. stands for Saguaro, Canyon, Apache and Roosevelt lakes - all varied in their raw beauty and dramatic desert landscape. The first three lakes are from dam to dam varying in distance from 9 miles to 16 miles with the last swim being a 10 km night swim with glow sticks under a starlit sky. The 4-day stage swim is nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
- Nicholas was a member of the six-member HTC Relay team with Tina Neill (captain), Forrest Nelson, Emily Evans, Steve Lowe, and Mike Mitchell that set a new course record of 25 hours 48 minutes from a swim from San Clemente Island, around the western edge of Catalina Island, to the Southern California mainland at Cabrillo Beach on 25 July 2012. The HTC Relay broke the record of the Swim for Hope relay for the 52 statute mile channel swim.
- Nicholas was a member of Team FTD, an open water swimming relay consisting of Forrest Nelson, Becky Jackman-Beeler, Mike Mitchell, Emily Evans, and Tina Neill. The relay completed an unprecedented 6-way Catalina Channel crossing in 61 hours 6 minutes from 10-14 July 2014. Source: Evan Morrison of the Marathon Swimmers Forum on 14 July 2014.
- Nicholas was a member of California Screamin' Relay with Tina Neill, Forrest Nelson, Ernie Hoftyzer, Emily Evans, and Melodee Nugent when the team swam from Doctor's Cove on Santa Catalina Island around Santa Catalina Island to around Santa Barbara Island to return around the remaining part of Santa Catalina Island to finish at the Isthmus in 51 hours 55 minutes in 2015.
2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
"The S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge set in the dry, rugged American southwest desert of Arizona is no longer under the radar. The secret is out about the out-of-the-way 4-day stage swim that focuses on camaraderie rather than competition, passion rather than pressure. Swimmers from around the world have discovered the joy of a 64.4 km series of swims in Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake and Roosevelt Lake where flexibility and recovery play important elements just as do feeds and navigation. Set along four majestic reservoirs on the Salt River in the desert wild, the brainchild of Kent Nicholas has become much more of an international happening than its initial beginnings as a rogue swim by locals. S.C.A.R. is a physical test and a psychological challenge made easier by the other participants. For its humble beginnings that have blossomed into a major marathon event, for its dedicated race director and all its helpful volunteers, for its unique course carved out of the desert wilds, the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year."
S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge
Swimming World Interview
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- Day One, Stage One At S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge
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- Deep In The Desert, They Held Their Own Against The Wind
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- 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees
- 2014 WOWSA Awards Nominees
- 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees
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