Joelle Beard

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Joëlle Beard after her English Channel crossing
Joëlle Beard (born 1998) is an American open water swimmer from Willard, Utah who completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with her circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island on 28 June 2014. She is the youngest person at the age of 16 to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

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English Channel

Beard set a goal in 2010 to swim the English Channel. She trained in a lake in Annecy, France, and in Willard Bay and Bear Lake in Utah. On 3 September 2012, Beard successfully swam from England to France in 12 hours 17 minutes under the governance of the Channel Swimming Association and escort of Reg Brickell, Jr. in the Viking Princess. She achieved her goal, and also became the first woman from the state of Utah to swim the English Channel.

Catalina Channel

On 12 August 2013, Beard successfully completed the 20.2-mile swim across the Catalina Channel with a time of 12 hours 15 minutes. She swam under the governance of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation. Her pilot boat was the Outrider under John Pittman.

Bear Lake

On 27 September 2011, Beard became the first person to swim a double crossing (width) of Bear Lake. She swam it as her English Channel qualifier and swam it in a time of 6 hours 30 minutes.

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