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Michelle Macy

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Michelle Macy is an inductee (Honour Swimmer) in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2019
Michelle Macy, an Oceans Seven swimmer from Oregon. Photo by Aubrie LeGualt
Irish Long Distance Swimming Association President Billy Wallace, Maureen McCoy, Michelle Macy and Sheena Paterson (left to right) after Macy's record-breaking North Channel swim
Michelle Macy
Men's team and women's team, including Steve Junk, Mark Cockroft, Dougal Hunt, Chris Palfrey, Stephen Spence, Julie Bradshaw, Michelle Macy, Barbara Pellick, Penny Palfrey, Lucy Roper, and Heather Osborn on Lake Taupo for the Taupo x 3 world record setting relay

Michelle Macy is a 40-year-old American marathon swimmer from Oregon who is considered to be one of the world's most accomplished marathon swimmers who began swimming at a young age and was a competitive swimmer through college. She created the Stillwater 8.

Open Water Swimming Career Highlights

Oceans Seven

Macy was the third person in history to achieve the Oceans Seven and complete all seven of the world's major channels:

2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Macy was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. Her nomination reads:

Her love of the sport knows no limits, she serves as support crew as readily as she dives in the water for her own marathon swims. Michelle Macy was the first American and third person overall to achieve the Oceans Seven. The full-time Nike employee takes enough time out of her busy work schedule to become one of the most prolific and accomplished open water swimmers in contemporary times. Without sponsors and without hype, the friendly, thoughtful, seriously-minded swimmer moves about the globe to cross channels and help others in their own quests. For her world record time across the North Channel, for her achievement of the Oceans Seven, for her joyful willingness to crew for other swimmers around the world, Michelle Macy is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

Open Water Swim Experience

2006

Lake Minnetonka Challenge (5 miles) – Minnetonka, Minnesota
Pennock Island Challenge (8.2 miles) – Ketchikan, Alaska

2006

Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim (1.5 miles) – San Francisco, California
Pennock Island Challenge (8.2 miles) – Ketchikan, Alaska
English Channel (21 miles) – Dover, England in 10:02

2008

Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (28.5 miles) – New York City, New York
Boston Light Swim (8 miles) – Boston, Masschusetts
Pennock Island Challenge (8.2 miles) – Ketchikan, Alaska
Alcatraz Challenge (2 miles) – San Francisco, California
Catalina Channel (21 miles) – San Pedro, California

2009

Lake Taupo Triple Relay Crossing (120k) – Taupo, New Zealand
English Channel (21 miles) – Dover, England in 11:46
Pennock Island Challenge (8.2 miles) – Ketchikan, Alaska
Monterey Bay Relay swim (25 miles) – Santa Cruz, California

2010

Cook Strait (19 miles) – Wellington, New Zealand
Clarence Strait (14.5 miles) – Ketchikan, Alaska
Portland Bridge Swim (11 miles) – Portland, Oregon
Pennock Island Challenge (8.2 miles) – Ketchikan, Alaska
Monterey Bay Relay swim (25 miles) – Santa Cruz, California
Kaieiewaho Channel Relay (62 miles) – Oahu to Kauai, Hawaii

2011

EPIC 5 Challenge, 5 Ironmans, 5 Days, 5 Hawaiian Islands – Team Nike Relay, Hawaii
Strait of Gibraltar (12 miles) – Tarifa, Spain at the age of 44
PDX Bridge Swim (11 miles) – Portland, Oregon
Pennock Island Challenge (8.2 miles) – Ketchikan, Alaska
Karen Gaffney Columbia River Swim and Cruise for Kids (6 miles) – Portland, Oregon
Molokai Channel (26 miles) - from Molokai Island to Oahu Island, Hawaii at the age of 44

2012

Tsugaru Channel (48 km) - Honshu to Hokkaido, Japan at the age of 45
English Channel (21 miles) – Dover, England in 10:45 at the age of 45

2014

North Channel (21 miles) - 9 hours 44 minutes (record from Ireland to Scotland) at the age of 46
Anacapa Channel (12.2 miles) - 5 hours 29 minutes (record for women from Anacapa to California mainland)
90 laps of the Willamette River in 11 hours 40 minutes in Portland, Oregon

2014

Jersey-France crossing (18 miles) - 6 hours 42minutes (women's record)

English Channel Swim (2009)

Taupo x 3 Relay

Macy was a member of the Taupo x 3 relay, a three-way crossing of Lake Taupo by a 6-person male team and a 6-person female team of experienced open water swimmers in January 2009. The Taupo x 3 relay teams set a world lake swimming record by completing a 126 km (68.2 miles) triple-crossing of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand under organisers Chris Palfrey, Penny Palfrey, and Julie Bradshaw. The swim started at 5:44 am on 5 January 2009.

The men's relay team finished in 34 hours 41 minutes 15 seconds and included Steve Junk (Australia), Mark Cockroft (New Zealand), Dougal Hunt (Australia), Chris Palfrey (Australia), and Stephen Spence (Australia) with New Zealand legend Philip Rush as the escort pilot. The women’s relay team finished in 34 hours 44 minutes 45 seconds and included Julie Bradshaw (England), Michelle Macy (USA), Barbara Pellick (Australia), Penny Palfrey (Australia), Lucy Roper (England), and Heather Osborn (New Zealand).

The plan was to start at first light from near Tokaanu, at the southern most point of the lake, heading roughly north east past Motutaiko Island, cutting close to Rangitiri point, before finishing on the beach in front of the Waikato River. The distance by GPS for one lap was 40.2 km. The second lap retraced the course back to the starting point and the final lap was a repeat of the first.

The men finished the first leg of 40.2 km in a time of 10 hours 22 minutes; the women finished in 10 hours 28 minutes. The men finished the second leg of 40.2 km in 12 hours 15 minutes; the women finished in 12 hours 19 minutes. The men finished the third leg of 40.2 km in 10 hours 54 minutes; the women finished in 10 hours 54 minutes. Both teams broke the world relay record set in December 2008 by 2 teams of 50 swimmers, each doing 2 km, who covered 100 km in 46 hours 6 minutes.

Oceans Seven Swimmers

1st: Stephen Redmond (Ireland) 2nd: Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden) 3rd: Michelle Macy (USA) 4th: Darren Miller (USA) 5th: Adam Walker (UK) 6th: Kimberly Chambers (New Zealand) 7th: Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) 8th: Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Moldavia/Ireland) 9th: Rohan Dattatrey More (India) 10th: Abhejali Bernardová (Czech Republic) 11th: Cameron Bellamy (South Africa) 12th: Lynton Mortensen (Australia) 13th: Thomas Pembroke (Australia) 14th: Nora Toledano Cadena (Mexico) 15th: Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico) 16th: André Wiersig (Germany) 17th: Liz Fry (USA) 18th: Attila Mányoki (Hungary)

Marathon Swim Stories

She appeared with Shannon House Keegan on Marathon Swim Stories.

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