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Stephanie Hopson

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Stephanie Hopson's English Channel crossing was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
Stephanie Hopson's English Channel routes: the first 11-hour attempt and her second 24 hour 31 minute crossing on 14-15 August 2016

Stephanie Hopson is a 41-year-old American open water swimmer and a member of the 24-hour Club and the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming from Woodland Hills, California who serves as a Marathon Swimming Mentor.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

  • On 12 July 2015, she completed the 17 km Portland Bridge Swim in 6 hours 19 minutes at the age of 38.
  • On 15 August 2015, she completed the 27.3 km Rose Pitonof Swim in New York City in 6 hours 29 minutes at the age of 38.
  • On 10 October 2015, she completed the 16 km Swim The Suck in Tennessee in 4 hours 34 minutes 50 seconds at the age of 38.
  • On 27 April 2016, she completed a 13.3 km crossing of Saguaro Lake at the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona in 5 hours 36 minutes 3 seconds.
  • On 28 April 2016, she completed a 14.1 km crossing of the Canyon Lake at the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona in 6 hours 33 minutes 53 seconds.
  • On 30 April 2016, she completed the 9 km crossing of Roosevelt Lake at the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona in 4 hours 44 minutes 36 seconds.
  • On 10 July 2016, she completed the 8.4 km Semana Nautica Ocean Swim in Santa Barbara, California in 5 hours 14 minutes 46 seconds at the age of 39.
  • On 9 September 2016, she made an attempt of the 33.5 km English Channel before her escort boat ran into a crab pot and buoy lines got tangled around her escort boat's propeller. As a result, her swim was aborted.
  • On 14-15 August 2016, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 24 hours 31 minutes 37 seconds at the age of 39 that was shown on CNN.
  • On 9 July 2017, she completed the 17 km Portland Bridge Swim in Oregon in 6 hours 25 minutes.
  • On 22 July 2017, she completed the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island in New York City in 9 hours 47 minutes 30 seconds at the age of 40.
  • Between 25-28 April 2018, she completed all four stage swims of the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona, finishing 34th overall at the age of 41 in a cumulative time of 25 hours 53 minutes 1.1 seconds.
    • She finished 47th in the 15.2 km crossing of Saguaro Lake in a cumulative time of 5 hours 29 minutes 12 seconds at the age of 41.
    • She finished 38th in the 14.4 km Canyon Lake in 5 hours 59 minutes 47 seconds at the age of 41.
    • She finished 42nd in the 27.3 km Apache Lake in 9 hours 13 minutes 18 seconds at the age of 41.
    • She finished 45th in the 9 km Roosevelt Lake)in 5 hours 10 minutes 14 seconds at the age of 41.
  • On 8 August 2018, she completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 19 hours 17 minutes 11 seconds at the age of 41 to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination[edit]

Hopson's aborted and successful English Channel crossings were nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Stephanie Hopson was on track to complete a crossing of the English Channel. But halfway across, disaster struck 11 hours out from shore. The propeller of her escort boat got tangled in a crab pot and its dangling ropes. The 39-year-old continued to swim in the pitch darkness before her crew aborted her swim. Despite her dreams being dashed by the unexpected, her escort pilot Mike Oram gave her a second chance five days after being pulled from the Channel. Her crews on both her first and second attempts encouraged her to give it a go; she was up to the challenge, both mentally and physically prepared for another opportunity. For ultimately completing the fourth longest English Channel crossing in history, for dreaming big and believing in herself to become a Channel Swimmer, for courageously taking 24 hours 31 minutes to cross the English Channel, Stephanie Hopson's English Channel Crossing is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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