Kent Nicholas

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S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge race director Kent Nicholas on left with South African Roger Finch on right
S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge competitors in the inaugural race in Arizona including Dave Barra, Janet Harris and Kent Nicholas
Apache Lake, the venue of Day 3 of the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona
Kent's wife, Candice Nicholas, assisting at the finish
Course taken by Forrest Nelson, Becky Jackman-Beeler, Mike Mitchell, Kent Nicholas, Emily Evans, and Tina Neill were members of Team FTD that completed a 6-way crossing of the Catalina Channel that was captained by John Pittman aboard the Outrider, ratified by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation and observed by Carol Sing, Donald Van Cleve, and Adam Moine. Source: Marathon Swimmers Forum by Evan Morrison

Kent Nicholas is a 48-year-old American open water swimmer and race organizer who has served as a criminal defense attorney in Arizona for 20+ years.

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

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.

Relay Records

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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