Bob Needham

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Bob Needham
Bob Needham (born 10 February 1953) is an experienced American open water and marathon swimmer who lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon and is a member of the Half Century Club

Needham began his open water career at the age of 16 as a lifeguard on Lido Beach in New York. After swimming on his high school swim team in Bethesda, Maryland, Bob found himself landlocked in Colorado and directed his competitive instincts toward mountaineering. Bob returned to competitive swimming after a decade in the mountains of Colorado & Alaska, and was named a US Masters All American in Long Distance Swimming in 1982. He spent nearly 20 years in Santa Barbara, California where he could be found swimming solo off the beaches of nearby Carpinteria, and surfing at his favorite break Rincon Point.

In 2010, Needham created Bob Swims for Suicide Awareness & Prevention. He did so for a few reasons. First, to respond to an urgent need to raise awareness of the great tragedy that results when someone takes their own life. Second, to help those who are at risk of committing suicide by raising money to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Finally, to pursue the passion he has for open water swimming. Bob is using the Catalina Channel, the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and the English Channel as three of the more important highlights in his campaign.

Contents

[edit] Education

[edit] Open Water Swims

2013

Portland Bridge Swim 11 miles

2012

Manhattan Island Marathon Swim 28.5 miles

Portland Bridge Swim: 11 Miles, 11 Bridges

Applegate Lake USMS 10K Championship


2011

Tampa Bay 24 Mile Marathon Swim

Portland Bridge Swim: 11 Miles, 11 Bridges

Catalina Channel 21 miles

2010

Golden Gate to Bay Bridge 10K

Fat Salmon 5K

Applegate Lake 10K

Cascade Lakes 5K

Deer Creek Marathon Swim 10K

Horsetooth 10K

2009

Coney Island 5K

Alcatraz Swim with the Centurions

Alcatraz Touch & Go Double Crossing

[edit] 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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