Nancy Steadman Martin

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Mighty Mermaids with Lisa Bennett (53), Christie Plank Ciraulo (55), Tracy Grilli (52), Nancy Steadman Martin (54), Karen Farnsworth Einsidler (53) and Jenny Cook (51) from left to right
Mighty Mermaids at the 2014 Lake Travis Relay in Lake Travis, Texas that includes 60-year-old Nancy Steadman Martin, 60-year-old Christie Ciraulo, 56-year-old Jenny Cook, 57-year-old Tracy Grilli, 58-year-old Karen Einsidler, and 58-year-old Veronica Hibben

Nancy Steadman Martin is a 62-year-old American pool and open water swimmer and a member of the Mighty Mermaids, a fantastically fit female group of open water swimmers who have set records and won competitions from coast to coast.

Mighty Mermaids

  • The Mighty Mermaids are a special team where age and competitiveness are their calling cards. The team consists of Christie Plank Ciraulo (55), Nancy Steadman Martin (54), Lisa Bennett (53), Jenny Cook (51), Karen Farnsworth Einsidler (53) and Tracy Grilli (52). When Christie turned 50, she dreamed to organize a group of fast women in their 50's to swim together on a major open water swimming relay. Christie was looking for something more than just pool swimming. She introduced herself to Tracy and Nancy and kept in touch for over a year before the Trans Tahoe Relay became a possibility. Jenny, Karen and Lisa were recruited and confirmed in short order. As Christie recalled, "Once our team was set, we were already picking out our team color, team suits and team nail polish.”
  • They have finished fifth overall in the 2009 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (7 hours 33 minutes).
  • They finished 24th overall and 2nd fastest female team at the 2008 Trans Tahoe Relay.
  • They made names for themselves in numerous individual open water swimming and pool swimming competitions.
  • They did a 9:19:44 crossing of the Catalina Channel in setting the record for an all-female over-50 relay team by over an hour and a half.
  • They finished fourth overall in the 2014 Lake Travis Relay in Austin, Texas.
  • They completed the 57.9 km END-WET swim from North Dakota to Minnesota on 16 June 2018 in 10 hours 32 minutes.
  • She is a member of the board of directors of Swim Free.
  • She has swum along the Jersey shore since childhood.
  • She completed an English Channel crossing in 2004.
  • She completed the 17.5-mile Ederle Swim in 2006.
  • She completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel in 2008.
  • She was second in the 2016 U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water Swimming Championships 10-mile swim in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont.


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