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World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

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noun - World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women is an annual list of audacious women who have performed courageously well in open bodies of water, published by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

2019 Criteria[edit]

The 2019 list only includes contemporary aquatic adventurers and focuses on women who have done or escorted unprecedented open water swims of note in risk-inherent channels, lakes, seas, oceans, or one winter swims, ice swims, stage swims or marathon swims, women who have proven themselves in both high-level competitions and solo swims, and women who have safely guided many channel or marathon swimmers of all abilities in rough waters or cold waters or in extreme conditions.

2019 List[edit]

The women in the 2019 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women list are presented alphabetically by last name.

1. Amy Appelhans Gubser, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
2. Hania Bakuniak, ice/channel/marathon swimmer from Poland
3. Abhejali Bernardová, channel/marathon swimmer from the Czech Republic
4. Colleen Blair, marathon/channel swimmer from Scotland
5. Caroline Block, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
6. Carina Bruwer, marathon/channel/charity event swimmer from South Africa
7. Charlotte Brynn, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and coach from New Zealand/USA
8. Marcia Cleveland, marathon/channel swimmer, coach and author from the USA
9. Devon Clifford, marathon/channel/open water swimmer from the USA
10. Olive Conroy, ice/winter swimmer from Ireland
11. Ana Marcela Cunha, professional marathon swimmer from Brazil
12. Nadezhda Dudina, ice/winter swimmer from Russia
13. Abigail Fairman, marathon swimmer from the USA
14. Elizabeth Fry, marathon/channel swimmer and event organizer from USA
15. Pat Gallant-Charette, channel/marathon swimmer from the USA
16. Elena Guseva, ice swimmer from Russia
17. Ines Hahn, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Germany
18. Jessi Harewicz, marathon/channel swimmer from Canada
19. Mariel Hawley Dávila, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
20. Bárbara Hernández Huerta, winter/extreme swimmer from Chile
21. Edie Hu, marathon swimmer from Hong Kong
22. Lori King, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
23. Tita Llorens, marathon/channel swimmer from Spain
24. Marcy MacDonald, DPM, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Elina Makïnen, ice/winter swimmer from Finland
26. Chloë McCardel, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Australia
27. Sally Minty-Gravett, MBE, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Great Britain (Jersey)
28. Jaimie Monahan, Ice Sevens/ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
29. Molly Nance, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
30. Nuala Moore, marathon/ice/winter swimmer, second, author and lecturer from Ireland
31. Angel More, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
32. Victoria Mori, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
33. Anna-Carin Nordin, Oceans Seven/ice swimmer from Sweden
34. Barbara Pozzobon, professional marathon swimmer from Italy
35. Conny Prasser, Iron Icewoman and ice swimmer from Germany
36. Cheryl Reinke, marathon swimmer from the USA
37. Vera Rivard, marathon swimmer from the USA
38. Kate Robarts, marathon/channel/winter/relay swimmer from Great Britain
39. Susan Simmons, marathon swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis from Canada
40. Kate Steels-Fryatt, polar ice miler and ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
41. Sarah Thomas, marathon/channel/extreme swimmer from the USA
42. Nora Toledano Cadena, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
43. Wendy Trehiou, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain (Jersey)
44. Mandy Uys, marathon/stage swimmer from South Africa
45. Sharon van Rouwendaal, professional marathon swimmer from the Netherlands
46. Katrin Walter, marathon swimmer from Germany
47. Samantha Whelpton, winter/ice swimmer from South Africa
48. Kyra Sterre Wijnker, channel/ice swimmer from the Netherlands
49. Julia Wittig, ice/winter swimmer from Germany
50. Paula Yankauskas, winter/marathon swimmer from the USA

2018 Criteria[edit]

The 2018 list only includes contemporary aquatic adventurers and focuses on women who have done or escorted unprecedented open water swims of note in risk-inherent channels, lakes, seas, oceans, or one winter swims, ice swims, stage swims or marathon swims, women who have proven themselves in both high-level competitions and solo swims, and women who have safely guided many channel or marathon swimmers of all abilities in rough waters or cold waters or in extreme conditions.

2018 List[edit]

The women in the 2018 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women list are presented alphabetically by last name.

1. Amy Appelhans Gubser, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
2. Aleksandra Bednarek, ice/channel/marathon swimmer from Poland
3. Oksana Beletskaya, winter swimmer from Russia
4. Abhejali Bernardová, channel/marathon swimmer from the Czech Republic
5. Helen Beveridge, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain
6. Colleen Blair, marathon/channel swimmer from Scotland
7. Caroline Block, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
8. Carina Bruwer, marathon/channel/charity event swimmer from South Africa
9. Charlotte Brynn, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and coach from New Zealand/USA
10. Jessie Campbell, ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
11. Devon Clifford, marathon/channel/open water swimmer from the USA
12. Olive Conroy, ice/winter swimmer from Ireland
13. Ana Marcela Cunha, professional marathon swimmer from Brazil
14. Abigail Fairman, marathon swimmer from the USA
15. Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist, marathon swimmer from the USA
16. Elizabeth Fry, marathon/channel swimmer and event organizer from USA
17. Pat Gallant-Charette, channel/marathon swimmer from the USA
18. Elena Guseva, ice swimmer from Russia
19. Ines Hahn, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Germany
20. Jessi Harewicz, marathon/channel swimmer from Canada
21. Mariel Hawley Dávila, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
22. Bárbara Hernández Huerta, winter/extreme swimmer from Chile
23. Lori King, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
24. Tita Llorens, marathon/channel swimmer from Spain
25. Marcy MacDonald, DPM, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
26. Elina Makïnen, ice/winter swimmer from Finland
27. Chloë McCardel, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Australia
28. Sally Minty-Gravett, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Great Britain (Jersey)
29. Jaimie Monahan, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
30. Ludmila Maller, winter swimmer from Russia
31. Courtney Moates Paulk, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
32. Molly Nance, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
33. Nuala Moore, marathon/ice/winter swimmer, second, author and lecturer from Ireland
34. Angel More, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
35. Victoria Mori, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
36. Anna-Carin Nordin, Oceans Seven/ice swimmer from Sweden
37. Cheryl Reinke, marathon swimmer from the USA
38. Kate Robarts, marathon/channel/winter/relay swimmer from Great Britain
39. Susan Simmons, marathon swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis from Canada
40. Kate Steels-Fryatt, polar ice miler and ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
41. Sarah Thomas, marathon/extreme swimmer from the USA
42. Nora Toledano Cadena, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
43. Wendy Trehiou, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain (Jersey)
44. Mandy Uys, marathon/stage swimmer from South Africa
45. Irene van der Laan, marathon/channel/ice/winter swimmer from the Netherlands
46. Samantha Whelpton, winter/ice swimmer from South Africa
47. Sabrina Wiedmer, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from Switzerland
48. Kyra Sterre Wijnker, channel/ice swimmer from the Netherlands
49. Julia Wittig, ice/winter swimmer from Germany
50. Paula Yankauskas, winter/marathon swimmer from the USA

2017 Criteria[edit]

The 2017 list includes contemporary aquatic adventurers who have done unprecedented open water swims of note or a significant number of risk-inherent channel, lake or marathon swims, women who have proven themselves in both high-level ice swimming competitions and solo swims, and women who have safely escorted and coached many channel or marathon swimmers of all abilities in rough waters.

2017 List[edit]

The women in the 2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women list are presented alphabetically by last name.

1. Patti Bauernfeind, marathon/channel/relay swimmer from the USA
2. Carina Bruwer, marathon/channel/charity event swimmer from South Africa
3. Charlotte Brynn, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and coach from New Zealand/USA
4. Jessie Campbell, ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
5. Kimberley Chambers, marathon/channel/extreme/cross-border swimmer from New Zealand/USA
6. Devon Clifford, marathon/channel/open water swimmer from the USA
7. Jackie Cobell, channel/extreme/ice swimmer from Great Britain
8. Olive Conroy, ice/winter swimmer from Ireland
9. Anna DeLozier, ice/winter swimmer from the USA
10. Beth French, channel swimmer from Great Britain
11. Elizabeth Fry, marathon/channel swimmer and event organizer from USA
12. Pat Gallant-Charette, channel/marathon swimmer from the USA
13. Pilar Geijo, professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
14. Ines Hahn, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Germany
15. Jessi Harewicz, marathon/channel swimmer from Canada
16. Mariel Hawley Dávila, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
17. Bárbara Hernández Huerta, winter/extreme swimmer from Chile
18. Bridgette Hobart, event organizer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
19. Elaine Howley, marathon/charity/ice swimmer and writer from the USA
20. Linda Kaiser, channel swimmer, advisor and administrator from the USA
21. Lori King, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
22. Tita Llorens, marathon/channel swimmer from Spain
23. Marcy MacDonald, DPM, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
24. Elina Makïnen, ice/winter swimmer from Finland
25. Angela Maurer, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from Germany
26. Chloë McCardel, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Australia
27. Tiffany McQueen, ocean/marathon swimmer from the USA
28. Sally Minty-Gravett, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Great Britain (Jersey)
29. Jaimie Monahan, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
30. Nuala Moore, marathon/ice/winter swimmer, second, author and lecturer from Ireland
31. Victoria Mori, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
32. Tina Neill, marathon/channel/backstroker/extreme relay swimmer from the USA
33. Anna-Carin Nordin, Oceans Seven/ice swimmer from Sweden
34. Renata Nováková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
35. Magda Okurková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
36. Penny Palfrey, channel/marathon/extreme swimmer from Australia
37. Ranie Pearce, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
38. Cheryl Reinke, marathon swimmer from the USA
39. Charlotte Samuels, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
40. Susan Simmons, marathon swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis from Canada
41. Kate Steels-Fryatt, polar ice miler and ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
42. Sarah Thomas, marathon/extreme swimmer from the USA
43. Nora Toledano Cadena, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
44. Natalie du Toit, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from South Africa
45. Wendy Trehiou, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain (Jersey)
46. Wendy Van De Sompele, marathon swimmer and administrator from the USA
47. Irene van der Laan, marathon/channel/ice/winter swimmer from the Netherlands
48. Samantha Whelpton, winter/ice swimmer from South Africa
49. Sabrina Wiedmer, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from Switzerland
50. Julia Wittig, ice/winter swimmer from Germany

2015 Criteria[edit]

The 2015 list includes contemporary aquatic adventurers as well as women who are close to retirement or past their prime (e.g., Greta Andersen). The list does not include women who no longer around (e.g., Gertrude Ederle), but it focuses on women who have done unprecedented open water swims of note or a significant number of risk-inherent channel, lake or marathon swims, women who have proven themselves in both high-level competitions and solo swims, and women who have safely escorted and coached many channel or marathon swimmers of all abilities in rough waters, with emphasis on women who have repeatedly swum in waters that are colder, rougher and longer than the English Channel.

2015 List[edit]

The women in the 2015 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women list are presented alphabetically by last name.

1. Greta Andersen, channel/marathon/professional swimmer from Denmark/USA
2. Nadia Ben Bahtane, open water swimmer from Morocco
3. Patti Bauernfeind, marathon/channel/relay swimmer from California, USA
4. Julie Bradshaw, marathon/channel/butterfly swimmer from England
5. Carina Bruwer, marathon/channel/charity event swimmer from South Africa
6. Charlotte Brynn, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and coach from New Zealand
7. Annaleise Carr, marathon/charity event swimmer from Canada
8. Kimberley Chambers, Oceans Seven swimmer from New Zealand
9. Cindy Cleveland, channel/circumnavigation swimmer from California, USA
10. Jackie Cobell, channel/ice swimmer from England
11. Lorna Cochran, open water swimmer from South Africa
12. Lynne Cox, channel/marathon swimmer and ice swimming inspiration from California, USA
13. Melissa Cunningham, channel/marathon/professional swimmer and coach from Australia
14. Pamela Dickson, marathon/channel swimmer from New Zealand
15. Natalie du Toit, Olympic/marathon swimmer from South Africa
16. Michelle Evans-Chase, Ph.D., ocean swimmer and neuropsychosocial researcher from New Jersey, USA
17. Nataliya Fatyanova, M.D., cold water researcher and doctor from Russia
18. Jennifer Figge, extreme swimmer from Colorado, USA
19. Elizabeth Fry, marathon/channel swimmer and charity event organizer from Connecticut, USA
20. Pat Gallant-Charette, channel/marathon swimmer and charity event organizer from Maine, USA
21. Karen Gaffney, marathon swimmer with Down syndrome from Oregon, USA
22. Elaine Howley, marathon/charity/ice swimmer from Massachusetts, USA
23. Vicki Keith C.M., O. Ont., LLD, ChPC, marathon/channel/butterfly/charity event swimmer and coach from Canada
24. Dee Llewellyn, marathon/channel/extreme relay swimmer from England
25. Liane Llewellyn, marathon/channel/extreme relay swimmer from England
26. Marcy MacDonald, DPM, marathon/channel swimmer from Connecticut, USA
27. Michelle Macy, Oceans Seven swimmer from Oregon, USA
28. Colleen Mallon, channel/marathon swimmer from Ireland
29. Susie Maroney, channel/marathon/extreme swimmer from Australia
30. Selina Moreno Pasagali, marathon/channel/extreme swimmer from Spain
31. Yuko Matsuzaki, marathon/extreme/professional swimmer from Japan
32. Chloë McCardel, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Australia
33. Sally Minty-Gravett, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Jersey
34. Nuala Moore, marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
35. Tina Neill, marathon/channel/backstroker/extreme relay swimmer from California, USA
36. Anna-Carin Nordin, Oceans Seven swimmer from Sweden
37. Diana Nyad, marathon/professional/extreme swimmer from California, USA
38. Sue Oldham, ocean/channel swimmer from Australia
39. Penny Palfrey, channel/marathon/extreme swimmer from Australia
40. Charlotte Samuels, marathon/channel swimmer from New York, USA
41. Bhakti Sharma, marathon/ice swimmer from India
42. Susan Simmons, marathon swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis from Canada
43. Alison Streeter MBE, Queen of the Channel from England
44. Freda Streeter, marathon/channel swimming coach from England
45. Shelley Taylor-Smith, marathon/channel/professional swimmer and coach from Australia
46. Sarah Thomas, marathon swimmer from Colorado, USA
47. Wendy Trehiou, marathon/channel/circumnavigation swimmer from Jersey
48. Grace van der Byl, channel/marathon/extreme relay swimmer from California, USA
49. Irene van der Laan, marathon/channel swimmer from the Netherlands
50. Anne Marie Ward, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland

Antonym[edit]

World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

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