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Sandra Bergquist

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Sandra Swimming END-WET 2017
Sandra looking at the Finish of the 2017 USMS Ultramarathon-Distance Open Water Championship
Sandra after Swim the Suck 2017
Sandra after END-WET 2016

Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist (Sandra Frimerman born 10 July 1983), is a 37-year-old American open water swimmer and marathon swimmer and masters swimming athlete from Minnesota. She swims to raise awareness of mental illness and breaking the stigma associated with mental illness.

Marathon/Ultra-Marathon Swimming Career Highlights[edit]

  • On 12 June 2021, she completed the 20km (12.5-mile) FKCC Swim Around Key West Key West, FL, in 4 hours 24 minutes 48 seconds placing 2nd overall/2nd female. results
  • On 30 May 2021, she completed the 10 km El Cruce Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico in 2 hours 26 minutes 5 seconds placing 24th overall/ 6th female at the age of 37. results
  • On 1 November 2020, she completed the 12.9 km (8-mile) TriFloyd Challenge in Clearwater, FL in 2 hours 59 minutes 09 seconds placing first overall. results
  • Ranked 10th on the 2019 FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series Final Rankings. rankings or Offical FINA Rankings
  • On 6 October 2019, she completed the 10km WOWSA Ocean Fest Swim in Redondo Beach, CA in 2 hours 20 minutes 30 seconds as the First Female finisher/3rd Overall.results
  • On 22 September 2019, she completed the 10km Bridges to Bluffs USMS "Marathon" Open water National Championship in the Tennessee River in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2 hours 7 minutes as the 3rd overall/2nd Female finisher.results or results
  • On 7 September 2019, she completed the 36km FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli from the island of Capri to Napoli(Naples) in Italy, in 8hr 30 minutes 2 seconds, as the 7th female finisher.results
  • On 10 August 2019, She completed the 16.1 km (10-mile) Minnetonka Challenge swim in Wayzata/Excelsior, MN in 3 hour 56 minutes 22 seconds, placing 1st overall at the age of 36. results
  • On 3 August 2019, She completed the 10Km FINA Marathon Swim World Series at Lac Mégantic from Piopolis, Quebec to Lac-Megantic, Quebec in a time of 2 hours 47 minutes 2.4 seconds.
  • On 27 July 2019, she completed the 32 km FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada in 9 hours 32 minutes 55 seconds, as the 6th female finisher. results
  • On 7 July 2019, she completed a solo crossing of the 34 km St. Lucia Channel from the Island of St. Lucia to the Island of Martinique part of the St. Lucia Channel Swim in a time of 10 hours 37 minutes.
  • On 15 June 2019 she won the 58 km (36-mile) END-WET event down the Red River from Belmont Park, North Dakota to Grand Forks, ND in the United States in 9 hours 21 minutes.
  • On 26 May 2019, she completed the 10 km El Cruce Global Swim Series Global Championships in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico in 2 hours 11 minutes 3 seconds placing 2nd overall/ 1st overall female at the age of 35. results
  • On 5 May 2019, she completed the 10 km (6.2-mile) Swim Miami in Miami, Florida in 2 hours 18 minutes 34.5 seconds, Placing 2nd overall at the age of 35. -results
  • On 27 April 2019, she completed the 11.2 km (7-mile) Swim Around Lido Key race in Sarasota, Florida, in 2 hours 39 minutes 16 seconds, placing 3rd overall at the age of 35. -results
  • She was ranked 39th in the 2018 10 km FINA Marathon Swim World Series.
  • On 13 October 2018, she completed the 16.1 km (10-mile) Swim the Suck race in the Tennessee River Gorge in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 3 hours 11 minutes 5 seconds, placing 1st overall at the age of 35. -results
  • On 22 September 2018, She completed the 10 km Up the River Downtown Swim placing 2nd overall, first female in 1 hour 39 minutes 12 seconds. -results
  • On 9 September 2018, she won the 10 km SwamThat event in Lake Okoboji, Iowa in 2 hours 27 minutes 10 seconds at the age of 35. -results
  • On 25 August 2018, she won the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim in New York in 8 hours 1 minute 44 seconds at the age of 35. -results
  • On 11 August 2018, she participated in the 10 km professional FINA Marathon Swim World Series at Lac Mégantic, Quebec, Canada, in a time of 2 hours 21 minutes 15.4 seconds at the age of 35.
  • On 26 July 2018, she participated in the 10 km professional FINA Marathon Swim World Series at the Traversée international du lac St-Jean event in Roberval, Quebec,Canada, in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes 8.1 seconds.
  • On 16 June 2018, she won the 58 km (36-mile) END-WET event down the Red River from Belmont Park, North Dakota to Grand Forks, ND in the United States in 9 hours 40 minutes.
  • On 27 May 2018, she completed the 10 km El Cruce Global Swim Series Global Championships in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico in 1 hour 56 minutes 11 seconds placing 5th overall/ 1st overall female at the age of 34.
  • On 6 May 2018, she completed the 10 km (6.2-mile) Swim Miami in Miami, Florida in 2 hours 5 minutes 5.9 seconds, Placing 3rd overall at the age of 34.
  • She was a Finalist for the 2017 Barra Award for Most Prolific Overall Year for the Marathon Swimmers Forum.
  • On 14 October 2017, she completed the 16.1 km (10-mile) Swim the Suck race in the Tennessee River Gorge in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 3 hours 16 minutes 51 seconds, placing 1st overall at the age of 34.
  • On 1 October 2017, she completed the 19.3 km (12-miles ) Swim Around Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, in 4 hours 31 minutes 47 seconds, placing 1st overall at the age of 34.
  • On 12 August 2017, she completed the 16.1-km(10-mi) Minnetonka Challenge swim in Wayzata/Excelsior, MN in 3:47.57, placing 1st overall at the age of 34
  • On 29 July 2017, she completed the 25 km Kingdom Swim Border Buster cross-border swim in Lac Memphrémagog in Vermont, USA and Quebec, Canada in a time of 5 hours 49 minutes 55 seconds, setting a new course record.
  • On 17 June 2017, she completed the 58 km (36-mile) END-WET swim in the Red River near Grand Forks, North Dakota in 10 hours 33 minutes, placing 1st overall at the age of 33.
  • On 4 June 2017, she completed the 14.8 km (9.2-mile) USMS Open Water Nat. Champ. in the Tennessee River Gorge in Chattanooga,Tennessee in 2 hours 7 minutes 45 seconds, placing 2nd overall and 1st in the female division.
  • In April 2017, she participated in S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona.
    • On 26 April, she completed a 13.3 km (8.3-mile) crossing of the [Saguaro Lake]] in the SCAR Swim Challenge in 3 hours 4 minutes 53 seconds at the age of 33, placing 1st overall.
    • On 27 April 2017, she completed a 14.1 km crossing of the [Canyon Lake]] in the SCAR Swim Challenge in 3 hours 18 minutes 19 seconds at the age of 33., placing 3rd overall and 1st in the female division.
    • On 29 April 2017, she completed a 9 km (5.6-mile) crossing of the [Roosevelt Lake]] in the SCAR Swim Challenge in 2 hours 27 minutes 45 seconds at the age of 33, placing 1st overall.
  • On 8 October 2016, she completed the 16.1 km (10-mile) Swim the Suck race in the Tennessee River Gorge in Chattanooga,Tennessee in 3 hours 23 minutes 3 seconds, placing 1st overall at the age of 33.
  • On 18 June 2016, she completed the 58 km (36-mile) END-WET swim in the Red River near Grand Forks, North Dakota in 10 hours 44 minutes, placing 1st overall.
  • On 20 June 2015, she completed the 15 km USMS Open Water National Championship in Morse Reservoir in 3 hours 57 minutes 31 seconds, placing 5th overall at the age of 31.
  • On 26 July 2014, she completed the 16.1 km (10-mile) Minnetonka Challenge in Wayzata/Excelsior, Minnesota in 4 hours 29 minutes 44 seconds.
  • On 13 July 2013, she completed the 43.5 km (27-miles) END-WET swim in the Red River near Grand Forks, North Dakota in 7 hours 1 minute, placing 3rd overall.
  • On 28 July 2012, she completed the 16.1 km (10-mile) Minnetonka Challenge in Wayzata/Excelsior, Minnesota in 5 hours 11 minutes 33 seconds.
  • On 21 July 2012, she completed the 43.5 km(27-mile) END-WET swim in the Red River near Grand Forks, ND in 9 hours 15 minutes, placing 2nd overall.
  • On 25 July 2011, she attempted a crossing of the English Channel.
  • She finished 10th in the 2019 FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series.

2019 FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series Rankings[edit]

1. Pilar Geijo (Argentina) 365 points
2. Romina Imwinkelriedt (Argentina) 296 points
3. Alice Franco (Italy) 261 points
4. Daira Marin (Argentina) 248 points
5. Erika Yenssen (Argentina) 227 points
6. Martina Oriozabala (Argentina) 214 points
7. Marie-Laurence Lortie (Canada) 205 points
7. Barbara Pozzobon (Italy) 205 points
9. Rita Vanesa Garcia (Argentina) 181 points
10. Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist (USA) 101 points
11. Angela Maurer (Germany) 70 points
11. Cecilia Biagioli (Argentina) 70 points
11. Morgane Dornic (France) 70 points
14. Julia Lucila Arino (Argentina) 61 points
15. Vicenia Navarro (Venezuela) 52 points
16. Ivana Prizmic (Croatia) 40 points


  • All FINA rankings
    • 10th - 2019 FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series
    • 63rd - 2019 FINA 10km Marathon Swim Series
    • 39th - 2018 FINA 10km Marathon Swim Series

St. Lucia Channel Record[edit]

In the early hours on the morning of July 7th, 2019, Sandra set off from Smugglers Cove on the northern tip of the island of St. Lucia. Her destination that day was the far off island of Martinique. over 33KM away. 10 hours and 37 minutes later she walked up the beach onto the island of Martinique. Having just swam across the St. Lucia Channel. Her time was and is currently the Fastest time ever across the St. Lucia Channel. Check out the write-up about the swim plus documentation!

Additional Open Water Swimming Highlights[edit]

  • On 29 May 2021, she completed the 3.8 km Cancun Iron Swim in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico in 1 hour 0 minutes 51 seconds placing 1st Female, 4th overall at the age of 37. results
  • On 23 May 2021, she completed the 5 km [Swim Miami] in Miami, FL in 1 hours 7 minutes 33 seconds placing 6th Female, 12 Overall at the age of 37 results
  • On 01 August 2019, she participated in a 1 km FINA race in Lac Mégantic, Quebec, Canada held along with the FINA Marathon Swim World Series in a time of 14 minutes 2.0 seconds at the age of 36.
  • On 25 May 2019, she completed the 3.8 km Cancun Iron Swim Global Swim Series Global Championships in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico in 1 hour 1 minutes 46 seconds placing 1st overall at the age of 35. results
  • On 09 August 2018, she participated in a 1 km FINA race in Lac Mégantic, Quebec, Canada held along with the FINA Marathon Swim World Series in a time of 13 minutes 31.13 seconds at the age of 35.
  • On 20 August 2017, she completed the 5 km inaugural Big Swell Swim in Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1 hour 13 minutes 32 seconds, placing 1st overall at the age of 34.
  • On 19 August 2017, she completed the 3.9-km(2.4-mi) Madison Open Water Swim in: 53:40, placing 1st overall at the age of 34.
  • On 10 July 2016, she completed the 3.2 km (2-mile) Manitou Monster Lake Swim in Wisconsin, USA in 53.30, placing 1st overall.
  • On 10 July 2011, she completed the 3.2 km (2-mile) Manitou Monster Lake Swim in Wisconsin, USA in 45:27, placing 1st overall.
  • On 23 August 2008, she completed the 3.9 km (2.4-mile) USMS Open Water National Championship at Madison Open Water Swim in 56:55.
  • She has completed 9+ occasions of the 8 km (5-mile) Minnetonka Challenge swim on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota.
  • She has completed 9+ occasions of the 1.6 km & 3.2 km Lake Harriet Open Water Swims in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • She completed the Great Prairie Open 5K.
  • She competed in the 25 km FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series held in Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia on 21 August 2021 at the age of 38.

Videos[edit]

Minneapolis Fox9 News Video Interview



END-WET[edit]

The Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test or END-WET Will always be special event for Sandra. She has participated in all but one year of the 8 year history of the event. After finishing near the top of the pack in both 27 mile races, The race changed to 36 miles, a different animal all together. That year ended with a DNF, due to many factors. After taking a year off in 2015, she returned in 2016. She finally broke through and was the overall winner that year in a time of 10Hr 44min. Sandra backed that up with a repeat performance in 2017 with another overall victory in a time of 10Hr 33min. Once again, in 2018, she defended her title against some of the current, top marathon and ultra-marathon, swimmers in the United States, with the overall win for a third year in a row in a time of 9Hr 40min. She repeated her performance with a 4th consecutive overall victory in 2019 in a time of 9Hr. 21min. END-WET is a 36-mile (57.9 km) mixed-sports event where solo and relay open water swimmers pit themselves against other endurance athletes down the Red River between North Dakota and Minnesota, in the USA. Beginning in Belmont Park near the town of Buxton,ND and finishing in Downtown Grand Forks, ND. It is one of the longest marathon swims in the world. In 2012 & 2013 the swim was a 27-mile (42 km) swim in the Red River starting in Grand Forks, ND and finishing at Oslo, MN.

Marathon Swim Stories[edit]

She appeared with Shannon House Keegan on Marathon Swim Stories in July of 2020.

Link to article with interview audio playback

Personal[edit]

She graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Studies from St. Cloud State University. She currently lives in Excelsior, Minnesota. Her husband David Bergquist is also an open water swimmer. She swims to raise awareness of mental illness and breaking the stigma associated with mental illness.

High School/ College[edit]

  • She attended University of Northern Iowa setting school records in the 500 yard freestyle, 1000 yard freestyle, 1650 yard freestyle, 200 yard butterfly and 800 yard freestyle relay.
  • She attended Eden Prairie High School specializing in distance freestyle and butterfly. She earned High School All-American honors, during her tenure

Interviews/Articles/News/Links[edit]