Congratulations to our 2014 Rose Pitonof Swimmers!

Left to Right: Kathy Yaeger, Simona Dwass, Kenn Lichtenwalter, Kathryn Mason

Left to Right: Kathy Yaeger, Simona Dwass, Kenn Lichtenwalter, Kathryn Mason

Simona Dwass, same age as Rose, smashes the time record and keeps the women #1 with a superfast finish. Kathy and Kenn, neck and neck, also break the time record under a supermoon. Kathryn amazes all by completing the entire course butterfly stroke, in high style.

  • Simona Dwass: 4:34:02
  • Kathy Jaeger: 4:58:00
  • Kenn Lichtenwalter: 5:03:00
  • Kathryn Mason: 5:41:30 (Butterfly Stroke)

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Rose Pitonof Honored by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

imshof shotOn October 12, 2013, at a ceremony in Cork, Ireland, Rose Pitonof was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.  Accepting the award on Rose’s behalf is Deanne Draeger, shown in this photo with Dale Petranech (left) and Ned Denison (right).

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2013 Yearbook

swimmers at startSwimmers at start, and many other fab shots from the talented (and knowledgeable) Ed Dutchmazz.

jaimie vz bJaimie at VZ Bridge from Captain Tony Tarabocchia

Alan approachSome great photos from “Princess Polar Bear” Capri, including Alan approaching Coney Island.

trioGreat pics of the day, including the finish, from Mario Berger…love the color!

And, also from Mario, a favorite pic of the day:

jaimie

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2013 Results

Congratulations to the 2013 Rose Pitonof Swim Swimmers!

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(Alan did the swim 100% BREAST STROKE (like Rose…but with no modern “over-hand” stroke when the going got tough)…Willy had a great finish at 6hrs…and, thanks to Jaimie, the ladies are STILL #1!)

  • Jaimie Monahan: 5:31:18
  • Willy Blumentals: 6:00:00
  • Alan Morrison: 6:29:00 (Breast Stroke)

A few other points to note:

  • Like our Swimmers, Rose started against the current and hugged the Manhattan shore to make headway. (Unlike our Swimmers, she had to swim under piers 6 times to maintain forward motion!)
  • Rose occasionally switched to overhand stroke at the beginning of her Swim (before the Battery) and at the end (final mile) to buck the currents.  (Unlike Alan, who did Breast Stroke 100% of the time!)
  • Rose reached the Williamsburg Bridge almost 2 hours after her start. Our Swimmers got there in less than half that time.
  • Rose experienced her first push from an ebb tide 3 hours into her swim, right around the Brooklyn Bridge. For our Swimmers, the current was definitely in their favor at around 2 hours into their swim, at the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Rose swam out toward Staten Island to catch the best current mid channel, as our Swimmers did.
  • As Rose turned into the final stretch of her Swim, the tide changed and she spent 1hr 40min swimming the final mile against the current. Our Swimmers experienced a fairly strong current in their favor right up to the pier.
  • Rose finished her Swim at 5:27 PM…almost identical to the time that our swimmers finished!  (Willy finished at 5:23 PM)

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Breast Stroke, According to Rose…

Rose-Pitonof“To learn the breast stroke, lie comfortably in the water, so that feet are only a few inches below it and mouth just under the surface.  Place legs together straight out, arms extended in from, hands touching, fingers closed, and palms down.

In starting to swim, turn palms outward, thumbs down, and, keeping elbows stiff, push arms backward paralleled to the body.  Arms really form a big sweeping circle, starting in from and ending at the hips.  Shoot them forward again to starting position.  Draw legs up, knees out, and when the arms are pushed forward kick out straight, and as arms get to full reach snap the legs together.  A little practice before entering the water will show anyone just how it is done.”

- Text from back side of Pan Handle Scrap Tobacco Card, circa 1913

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Fourth Annual Rose Pitonof Swim: August 10, 2013

Join us on August 10th 2013 for the fourth annual Rose Pitonof Swim!

Swimmer Registration and Volunteer Sign Up are now open.

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Abby’s Swim

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2012 Rose Pitonof Swim Results

Congratulations to our 2012 Rose Pitonof Swimmers!

(Even faster times than last year…and the ladies are still #1!)

  • Elke Hofmann: 5:06:00
  • Kevin Joubert: 5:09:00
  • Matt Gurry: 5:10:48
  • Patrick Spearing: 5:19:33
  • Abigail Long: 5:25:30
  • Jaimie Monahan: 5:27:42
  • Paul Rekoff: 5:29:00
  • Franco Prezioso: 5:33:36

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3rd Annual Rose Pitonof Swim: August 18, 2012

Join us at 9:30 AM on Saturday August 18, 2012 for our third annual Rose Pitonof Swim.

Here is the NYTimes article about Rose’s record breaking swim on August 13, 1911.  (Below, more coverage of her achievement.   I love the drawing of her route, and the “TIME TABLE OF GIRL’S GREAT SWIMMING FEAT.”)

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2011 Centennial Swim Yearbook

Video coverage of Swim from Ed Dutchmazz, including great footage of Lori, Cara, and Alan coming ashore.

Photos from Maureen Donaghy, kicking it off with a swath of pink fabric.

Great flickr set from “Princess Polar Bear” Capri Djatiasmoro.

Photo of JC, Parachute Jump, and Pier from Terry O’Malley as JC closes in on the finish line.

Another great flickr set from JP Reardon.

Aline Dolan got some pics at the beach and at Ruby’s.

Nicole Mermet took some great shots of the day.

Cat Mardis’ shots from Cara’s pink boat.

Will post more updates shortly…please feel free to add your own links!

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