From Openwaterpediamarathon swimmer, active primarily in the late 1970s. Besides her channel swims, in 1979 she became the first swimmer to circumnavigate Catalina Island in 34 hours 24 minutes. A distance of nearly 50 miles, this feat went unmatched until 2011 when Forrest Nelson replicated the feat.
In 1980, Cleveland became the first - and still only - swimmer to cross Monterey Bay in northern California in 15 hours 21 minutes. She was also the first person to swim across the 12.4-mile Anacapa Channel from Anacapa Island to Oxnard in the California Channel Islands in 1978.
The member of the 24-hour club, Cleveland's other marathon swims include both one-way and two-way crossings of the Catalina Channel (11:04 in 1976 and 24:30 in 1977 - respectively). After retiring from ultra-distance swimming in 1980, Cleveland transitioned to paddle board racing and achieved several top finishes in the Catalina Classic race.
- Heroes and Heroines of the Catalina Channel
- Catalina Channel Swimming Federation Official Website
- Swimmer/paddler Cleveland receives Tom Blake Award
- Updated 24-Hour Club
- Swimming In The World's Greatest Wind Tunnel
- Swimming With Seals, Afraid Of Apex
- Foggy But Patti Bauernfeind Can Visualize The Shore
- Patti Bauernfeind Making Good Progress In Monterey Bay
- 24-hour Club…Swimming All Day And Night
- Antecedent Attempts At Anacapa