Michelle White is a 49-year-old Irish open water swimmer from Navan who participates in channel crossing relays and winter swimming events.
Open Water Swimming Career Highlights
- She became the first known swimmer to complete the Relay Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.
- English Channel completed in 17 hours 10 minutes on 6 September 2012 with Alan Duffy, Peig Toombes, Pattie Legg, Michelle White, Fiona McCormack on the Naval Channel Swimmers relay at the age of 40
- Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 9 hours 27 minutes on 13 September 2014 with Jeannie Zappe, Michelle White, Hugh Darlington, Sophie Ruthenbar, Louise Darlington, Susan Czechowski on the Channeling Greatness relay team at the age of 42
- Catalina Channel completed in 11 hours 1 minute on 15 September 2015 with Jacqueline Cole, Jeannie Zappe, Louise Darlington, Michelle White, Janine Serell and Hugh Darlington on the Channeling Greatness relay team at the age of 43
- The Celtic Kippers relay team completed a crossing of the North Channel with Michelle Booker, Donagha McDonagh, Rose Long, Barry O'Connor, Michelle White and Noel Grimes in 13 hours 36 minutes 34 seconds.
- She participated in the Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont on 23-25 February 2018.
- On 25 February, she completed a 200m freestyle in 5 minutes 0 seconds in Deception Island in Antarctica in 1.60°C water at the age of 49 in the Antarctica 2020 ice swimming event.
2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination
White participated in the Antarctica 2020 International Swim that was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year category with the following nomination: The Southern Ocean is at the bottom of the world surrounding the continent of Antarctica. Inhospitable to humans, but remarkably, Ger Kennedy organized a series of ice swims accessible around the ice-covered tundra to some of the most hardened ice swimmers on the planet. Antarctica 2020 International Swim was held inside the Antarctic Circle to celebrate Lynne Cox's pioneering Antarctica swim in 2002 and enable people to swim short distances or Polar Ice Miles. From Argentina, the Polar Swimming Quest set off by ship and stopped in the Bellingshausen Sea and the Weddell Sea over a few weeks. 12 swimmers entered the cold waters of Antarctica with bioprene only with three major swims safely recorded. Paul Eugen Dorin Georgescu set a world record in Hanusse Bay in 0.0°C water with 22 minute 44 second Zero Ice Mile. Two days later, Ger Kennedy swam another Zero Ice Mile in Paradise Bay in 0.53°C water and -1.10°C air in 34 minutes 2 seconds, and Cath Pendleton followed up 10 days later in Hanusse Bay with a 32:54 Zero Ice Mile in 0.03°C water and -3.2°C air. For safely organizing swims by Kathryn Pratschke, Redy Redfern, Dee Newell, Jane Hardy, Tiffiny Quinn, Michelle White, Una Campbell, Martina Ring, Anne O'Donovan, Matías Ola, and Alice Kelliher in Antarctica with the help of Sean Cullen and Dimcea Lulian Zamfir, for encouraging marine conservation awareness while encountering challenging conditions, and for enabling the extension of the known physical boundaries for everyone involved, the Antarctica 2020 International Swim by Ger Kennedy is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
- White, Water, Swimming, Snow
- Antarctica 2020 Swimmers Describe Ice Swimming On WOWSA Live
- When Orcas Enter The Swim Zone
- 2020 WOWSA Awards – World Open Water Swimming Offering Of The Year Nominees
- Thrice Is Nice With Michelle White
- Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
- New York City Swim
- Dover Channel Swimming
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming
- Marathon Swimming
- Daily News of Open Water Swimming
- I Got Stung
- World Marathon Swimming Association
- Celtic Kippers Cross The North Channel
- Freestyling Out Of The Wood Into The Ice