Barbara Held

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Barbara Held, Half Century Club member
Barbara Held at the Cadiz Freedom Swim
Barbara Held (born December 8) is a prolific member of the Half Century Club and the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

She holds the record as the oldest female to ever cross the Catalina Channel at the age of 56 years old in a remarkably fast time of 9 hours 36 minutes in 2010 and completed the English Channel in 2012 in 12 hours 10 minutes. She has completed two of the Oceans Seven channels and is ranked #32 on the Oceans Seven global list.

A member of the La Jolla Cove Swim Club and a lifetime member of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, the resident of Carmel Valley in California is a passionate and accomplished open water swimmer and retired firefighter and paramedic. She has completed the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (8:12:29), the Strait of Gibraltar (3:17:00 as the second fastest woman of all time and the fastest American woman) and swam a leg of a relay across the English Channel with the Foireann Snamh Garibaldi team of Sabrina Buselt, Joel Barnett,Catherine Sheridan, Kevin Williams, and Fionnuala Walsh in 13 hours 52 minutes.

In addition to her record-setting Catalina Channel swim, she has also done warm-water swims in Maui, cold-water swims in South Africa (Cadiz Freedom Swim), the 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in Florida, and the 4-day S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge stage swim in Arizona in 2013.

Catalina Channel Half Century Club

1. Bob West (USA), 62, CM in 15:49 in 1998
2. Gary Greenwood (USA), 62, CM in 13:08 in 2004
3. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA), 60, CM in 14:11 in 2011
4. Mo Siegel (USA), 60, CM in 13:08 in 2011
5. Bob Needham (USA), 58, CM in 13:10 in 2011
6. Tom Hecker (USA), 57 in 10:45 in 2009
7. Richard Knepper (USA), 56, MC in 11:56 in 2005
8. Barbara Held (USA), 56, CM in 9:36 in 2010
9. Carol Sing (USA), 55, CM in 10:38 in 1997
10. Bill Hoehn (USA), 55, CM in 12:57 in 2005
11. Kevin Murphy (Great Britain), 54, CM in 15:23 in 2003
12. Roger Finch (South Africa), 54, CM, 9:45:02 in 2012
13. Dave Van Mouwerik (USA), 54,, CM, 12:09:07
14. Ned Denison (Ireland), 54, CM, 8:50:04 in 2012
15. Nick Almos-Lau (Mexico), 53, CM in 12:40 in 1999
16. James Fitzpatrick (USA), 53, CM in 14:59 in 2008 (to Newport Beach)
17. Jim McConica (USA), 53, CM in 10:19 in 2004
18. Douglas McConnell (USA), CM, 12:41:13 in 2012
19. David Cooper (USA), 52, CM in 13:19 in 2005
20. Dan Richards (USA), 52, CM in 10:10 2008
21. Alan Bell (USA), 51, CM in 9:28 in 2001
22. Chris Palfrey (Australia), 51, CM in 10:30 in 2009
23. Lynn Kubasek (USA), 51, CM in 15:53 in 2009
24. Daniel Robinson (USA), 51, CM in 9:57 in 2008
25. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico), 50, CM in 10:25 in 2009
26. William Newbern (USA), 50, CM in 12:48 in 2005
27. Ray Meltvedt (USA), 50, CM in 15:25 in 2010
28. Suzie Dods (USA), 50, MC in 18:36 in 2010
29. Dale Petranech (USA), 50, CM in 13:28 in 1985
30. John Hill (USA), 50, CM in 19:15 in 1985
31. Frank Reynolds (USA), 50, CM in 10:34 in 1987
32. Jim Barber (USA), 50, CM in 8:43 in 2010
33. Sue Free (USA), 50, CM, 11:23 in 2012
34. Bridgette Hobart Janeczko (USA), 50, CM 11:27:16 in 2012
35. Hendrik Meerman (USA), CM, 50, 12:48:30 in 2012

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