Doug McConnell

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Douglas McConnell is a Managing Director of Halyard Capital Advisors and a cervical disc recipient who successfully completed a crossing of the English Channel in August 2011 and the Catalina Channel on 27 September 2012 in 12 hours 41 minutes to complete 2 of the 7 channels in the Oceans Seven. Both of his channel crossings elevated him to membership in the Half Century Club.

The 53-year-old investment banker of Barrington, Illinois who owns Vissant Capital (the phonetic spelling of the Bay where he completed our English Channel swim), became the 48th person over the age of 50 to swim across the English Channel when he reached France after swimming 14 hours 18 minutes. McConnell started in Dover, England about 1:00 p.m. local time and finished at 3:00 a.m. He swam in memory of his father David, who passed away from ALS and to raise money for the Les Turner ALS Foundation's research program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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A Long Swim Team

A Long Swim Team is a series of marathon swims by Doug McConnell in order to raise funds for the Les Turner ALS Foundation. McConnell has raised over US$200,000 to date for the Les Turner ALS Foundation, which funds groundbreaking research at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, one of the top ALS research laboratories in the world. On the day that McConnell finished his English Channel crossing, Northwestern made a breakthrough announcement of the discovery of the common cause of all forms of ALS, and has accelerated its pace of discoveries since then. He will attempt the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and the Catalina Channel crossing in order to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

Marathon Swimming Career Successes

· Catalina Channel – September 2012 (12 hours 41 minutes
· English Channel – August 2011 (14 hours 18 minutes)
· Tampa Bay Marathon Swim – April 2011 (10 hours 44 minutes)
· USMS 25K Championships – June 2011
· Boston Light Swim – August 2010
· Big Shoulders Swim – many years
· Lake Minnetonka – many years

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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