Janel Jorgensen McArdle

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Swim Across America president Janel Jorgensen McArdle in Long Beach
Janel Jorgensen McArdle (born 18 May 1971) has been a world-class competitive swimmer since high school when she won two gold medals at the Pan American Games. She won the silver medal in the 4x100m medley relay and finished 5th in the 100m butterfly as a 17-year-old at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in South Korea.

Jorgensen is the current president of Swim Across America, a non-profit organization that organizes charity swims and has raised over US$42 million for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming events all over the United States.

Jorgensen graduated from Stanford University in 1993 with a degree in psychology. During her career, she held four American records, was a 27-time All American, won 15 NCAA championship titles, and was inducted in the Stanford Hall of Fame. After college, she spent 12 years working at Oracle where she worked in strategic development and volunteered for Swim Across America.

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2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

McArdle was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award. Her World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Janel Jorgensen McArdle is the manifestation of success. Intelligent, well-spoken and passionate, the former Olympic butterflyer and record holder has been a champion all her life - and now she is championing the issue of funding research to find a cure for cancer. Through Swim Across America events, her abundant energies and charisma are channeled to support cancer research that can make a difference. Behind the scenes on a daily basis, outside the spotlight of the media, McArdle exudes hard work and dedication in helping organize swims. She is smooth and professional in front of an audience; she is educational and inspirational in front of volunteers; she is unselfish and unpretentious while doing mundane logistic work late at night and early in the morning in the process of organizing 17 open water swims. As the President of Swim Across America, she heads a national organization build upon the backs of thousands of volunteers and donors who have raised over US$42 million for cancer research, prevention and treatment. In a down economy, through her charismatic personality, depth of character and unstinting devotion, she leads an organization that continues to grow and do good year in and year out. For her generosity of spirit, for her talent in bringing people together, for her creativity in generating more donations for a just cause, Janel Jorgensen McArdle is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

Swim Across America

After volunteering for 18 years, Jorgensen decided to dedicate her life to ensuring the success of the program and growing Swim Across America’s impact on communities, families, individuals and cancer research. In 2005 she became the Executive Director and currently travels the country raising charitable funding and corporate support. She delivers many motivational speeches while working with hundreds of community groups on swimming programs and charitable fund-raising.

2012 Swim Across America Events

1. California - San Francisco Bay Open Water Swim on 29 September 2012
2. Connecticut - Stamford Open Water Swim on 30 June 2012
3. Florida - Tampa Bay Open Water Swim on 5 May 2012
4. Florida - Ozzie's Swim to Fight Cancer on 25 February 2012
5. Illinois - Chicago Open Water Swim on 4 August 2012
6. Massachusetts - Nantasket Beach Swim on 14 July 2012
7. Massachusetts - Boston Harbor Swim on 13 July 2012
8. Massachusetts - Boston Team Relay Challenge on 21 April 2012
9. Maryland - Raider's Rally Against Cancer on 14 January 2012
10. Maryland - Baltimore Open Water Swim on 23 September 2012
11. Maryland - Baltimore Pool Swim on 23 September 2012
12. North Carolina - Swimming the Distance for a Cancer Cure on 20 May 2012
13. New Jersey - Holmdel Pool Swim on 30 January 2012
14. New York - Saxon Woods Pool Swim
15. New York - Westchester Country Club Pool Swim
16. New York - Brookville Pool Swim
17. New York - Hamptons Open Water Swim on 7 July 2012
18. New York - Hempstead Pool Swim
19. New York - Jericho High School Pool Swim
20. New York - LIAC Pool Swim
21. New York - Lynbrook Pool Swim
22. New York - Plandome Pool Swim
23. New York - Rockville Pool Swim
24. New York - Sound to Cove Open Water Swim on 11 August 2012
25. New York - Swordfish Beach Club
26. New York - New York Athletic Club Pool Swim
27. New York - Chappaqua S&T Club Pool Swim
28. New York - Germonds Clarkstown Pool Swim
29. New York - Coveleigh Club Pool Swim
30. New York - Lake Isle Pool Swim on 4 August 2012
31. New York - Long Island Sound Open Water Swim on 28 July 2012
32. New York - Lakeside Pool Swim on 22 July 2012
33. New York - Orienta Beach Club Pool Swim on 21 July 2012
34. Rhode Island - Rhode Island Open Water Swim on 8 September 2012
35. Tennessee - Nashville Open Water Swim on 18 August 2012
36. Texas - Dallas Open Water Swim 9 June 2012
37. Virginia - Making Waves for Cancer Pool Swim on 29 January 2012
38. Washington - Seattle Open Water Swim on 8 September 2012
39. Wyoming - Dolphins Pool Swim

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