Carol Schumacher Hayden (born 30 July 1950) is a 66-year-old American open water swimmer from California who set two channel swimming records across the Catalina Channel and the Santa Barbara Channel.
- 1 Open Water Swimming Career
- 2 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination
- 3 Catalina Channel Crossings
- 4 Members
- 5 Southern Pacific Masters Swimming Open Water Series
- 6 Video
- 7 Anacapa Island Crossing
- 8 SBCSA Lifetime Members
- 9 External links
Open Water Swimming Career
- she won the 2012 SPMS Open Water Series held in Southern California.
- On 8 July 2012, she finished 28th in the 8.4 km Semana Nautica Ocean Swim in Santa Barbara, California in 3 hours 7 seconds at the age of 61.
- On 14 July 2013, she finished 39th in the 8.4 km Semana Nautica Ocean Swim in Santa Barbara, California in 3 hours 59 minutes 48 seconds at the age of 62.
- On 13 July 2014, she finished 37th in the 8.4 km Semana Nautica Ocean Swim in Santa Barbara, California in 3 hours 2 minutes 48 seconds at the age of 63.
- On 10 July 2016, she finished 30th in the 8.4 km Semana Nautica Ocean Swim in Santa Barbara, California in 4 hours 25 minutes 13 seconds at the age of 65.
- she is a member of the Half Century Club when she became the oldest female to complete a marathon swim off a California Channel Island on 9 September 2014 as she swam from Anacapa Island to Ventura on the California mainland in 9 hours 51 minutes 8 minutes at the age of 64 years.
- she set a record across the Catalina Channel as the oldest successful swimmer on 27 September 2016 in 15 hours 2 minutes 41 seconds at the age of 66 years 58 days.
- she is a member of Team Tripod, a group of 3 separate teams of 6 swimmers each that completed a joint crossing of the Catalina Channel in 13 hours 16 minutes in August 2012. The 3 relays swam the exact same pace across the Catalina Channel. The teams started near midnight on Cabrillo Beach and swam out to Catalina Island with Carol Sing as the team leader.
- she is a member of the Live Bait relay team and a lifetime member of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (SBCSA).
- she was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association for her Catalina Channel crossing.
- she participated in the 2013 Fear No Pier challenge.
2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination
Carol Schumacher Hayden had to overcome more than usual to set the overall age record across any of the Channel Islands in California. At the age of 66, she crossed the 20.2-mile Catalina Channel in 15 hours 2 minutes. But age was not the greatest obstacle for the veteran ocean swimmer. An unexpected injury derailed her attempt for a year. Due to a concussion, she had to deal with its effects during her training. Her headaches and vertigo as well as her memory loss and fatigue were made more intense by training in cold water. But she found the will and the way deep inside herself to power on despite the uncertainty of her health or readiness. For landing spot on at her intended location on the California mainland, for swimming as well as can be after dealing with a long rehabilitation period, for becoming one of the oldest channel swimmers in history, Carol Schumacher Hayden's Catalina Channel Crossing is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
Catalina Channel Crossings
She became the oldest person to swim any California Channel island on 27 September 2016 at 66 years, escorted by the Bottom Scratcher with captains Danny, Daryl and Greg and crew members Peter Hayden (Crew chief), Howard Burns (Assistant crew chief), Marc Horwitz (Pharmacist/crew support/chef), Tanya MacLean (support swimmer), Russ Parker (support swimmer/cheerleader), Sakina Zerrel (support swimmer/ukulele), Julie Flanagan (kayaker), Patsee Ober (kayaker), Jane and Mike Mitchel (CCSF observers). Her Catalina 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.
The swimmers included Julian Rusinek, Lynn Kubasek, Carol Hayden, Karl Jacobs, Kenny Jacobs, Tanya MacLean, Patsee Ober, Marc Horwitz, Tom Cook, Dan Simonelli, Kelley Schall, Thomas Johnson, Steve Coopersmith, Natalie Kreitzinger, Marta Gaughen, Paula Selby, Yafa Minazad, and Kim Miller. The support crew included Grace van der Byl, Julie Flanagan, Kevin Eslinger, Forrest Nelson, and Neil van der Byl. The CCSF Observers included Carol Sing and John York.
Southern Pacific Masters Swimming Open Water Series
The SPMS Open Water Series is a 10-race series for registered swimmers of Southern Pacific Masters Swimming in Southern California.
2012 Series Schedule
1. Seal Beach Rough Water Swim, 1 mile
2. Seal Beach Rough Water Swim, 3 miles
3. Semana Nautica, 6 miles
4. Balboa to Newport Pier-to-Pier, 2 miles
5. Nadadores Rough Water Swim at Salt Creek, 2.4 mile
6. OptimisSport Distance Swim Challenge, 1.2 mile swim
7. OptimisSport Distance Swim Challenge, 2.4 mile swim
8. Don Burns Corona del Mar Swim, 1 mile
9. Slam the Dam at Lake Mead, 1.2 mile loop
10. Slam the Dam at Lake Mead, 2.4 mile loop
2012 Series Winners
19-24 years: Carri Cook
25-29 years: Lexie Kelly
30-34 years: Jessica Krick
35-39 years: Tanya MacLean
40-44 years: Vanessa Mesia
45-49 years: Melissa Latt
50-54 years: Lynn Kubasek
55-59 years: Veronica Hibben
60-64 years: Carol Hayden
Anacapa Island Crossing
SBCSA Lifetime Members
- Rami Aramis (2007)
- Vic Anderson (2013)
- Herb Barthels (2012)
- Howard Burns (2014)
- John Chung (2012)
- Nick Caine (2011)
- Jane Cairns (2013)
- Emilio Casanueva (2006)
- Ned Denison (2006)
- Cherie Edborg (2012)
- Sylvia Glenn (2014)
- Carol Hayden (2014)
- Peter Hayden (2014)
- Ken Hintz (2014)
- Monica Jones (2014)
- Lynn Kubasek (2010)
- Paul Lewis (2008)
- Michelle Macy (2013)
- Anthony McCarley (2014)
- Jim McConica (2007)
- Michelle Premeaux McConica (2013)
- Dean McNeil (2011)
- Darren Miller (2012)
- Bob Needham (2013)
- Tina Neill (2011)
- Jim Neitz (2011)
- Forrest Nelson (2011)
- Michelle Poole (2014)
- Kelley Prebil (2014)
- Julian Rusinek (2013)
- Theo Schmeeckle (2013)
- Ingrid Schmitz (2014)
- Walter Bean Scott (2012)
- Ellen Shockro (2012)
- Seth Streeter (2006)
- Scott Tapley (2013)
- Dave Van Mouwerik (2013)
- David Yudovin (2012)
- Scott Zornig (2009)
- Doc Counsilman Helped Usher In An Increasingly Graying Trend In Channel Swimming
- International Day of Older Persons and the Aging Demographics of Open Water Swimmers
- Lynn Kubasek, The Mother Of All Volunteers
- Sarah Thomas' Lake Powell Marathon Is 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance Of The Year
- Live Bait And Aged Chum In Open Water
- Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
- Facebook page for DRIVEN
- Are You DRIVEN?
- Peer-to-Peer Pressure From Pier-to-Pier
- Southern California Open Water Swimming Stars
- SPMS Open Water Series
- Southern Pacific Masters Open Water Series Champions
- Orange County Swimmers Conquer Catalina
- Catalina Channel Swimming Federation
- Anacapa Relays Swim With A Fin In The Water
- Marathon Swimming
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming
- Survivors Fear No Pier Down The California Coast
- Fin…But Not Fini
- Peter Hayden's Anacapa Circumnavigation + Crossing
- Carol Hayden Breaks Record In California Channel Islands
- 2016 WOWSA Awards Nominees
- 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees
- 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees
- 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees
- 2016 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees
- Oldest Individuals To Swim Across The World's Channels
- Marathon Swimmers Federation bio
- Pat Marzulli Becomes Oldest Man Across Catalina
- Pat Marzulli Talks About His Record-Setting Crossing
- Piers Of The California Coast
- Lynn Kubasek's Legacy Honored By The MSF