From OpenwaterpediaKaren Burton Reeder is an American professional marathon swimmer who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 1999.
Marathon Swimming Career
Burton won 6 USA Swimming national open water swimming championships, including three 15 km (9.3-mile) races and one 25 km (15.5-mile) race, and a bronze medal in the FINA World Championships 25 km (15.5 miles) in 1991. She won a FINA World Cup race in Lac St-Jean in Canada in 1992, and was a two-time world professional marathon swimming champion in 1996 and 1997. She set the record for the Catalina Channel crossing in 7 hours 43 minutes in 1994 and swam the English Channel in 9 hours 4 minutes in 1993. She was on USA Swimming National Team on its record-setting English Channel relay of 6 hours 52 minutes in 1990. She also served as the USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Coordinator for four years and organized open water swimming competitions in Colorado.
English Channel Relay Record
Burton remains one of the English Channel relay record-holders along with Jay Wilkerson, Chad Hundeby, Martha Jahn, Dirk Bouma, and Sid Cassidy. The USA Swimming national open water team members set three English Channel relay records: 6 hours 52 minutes on their first leg (England-to-France), 7 hours 26 minutes on their second leg (France-to-England), and the fastest overall and fastest 2-way relay (England-to-France-to-England) in 14 hours 18 minutes in 1990. The team was coached by Penny Dean and John York.
US Open Water Swimming
She currently manages the US Open Water Swimming website.
Fastest Catalina Channel Crossings in History
1. 7:15 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, MC in September 1976
2. 7:27 by Grace van der Byl, USA, CM in October 2012
3. 7:37 by Pete Huisveld, USA, MC in August 1992
4. 7:41 by John York, USA, MC in September 1978 (first leg of a 2-way)
5. 7:43 by Karen Burton, USA, CM in October 1994
6. 8:05 by Todd Robinson, USA, CM in August 2009
7. 8:07 by Hank Wise, USA, CM in October 2010
8. 8:14 by Chad Hundeby, USA, CM in September 1993
9. 8:20 by Gemma Jensen, Australia, CM in August 2006
10. 8:27 by Jim McConica, USA, CM in October 1983
11. 8:28 by Rendy Lynn Opdycke, USA, CM in August 2008
12. 8:31 by John York, USA, MC in October 1977
13. 8:32 by John York, USA, CM in October 2000
Fastest English Channel Crossings in Comparison
1. 6:55 by Trent Grimsey, Australia, E-F in September 2012
2. 6:57 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2007
3. 7:03 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2005
4. 7:05 by Yuri Kudinov, Russia, E-F in August 2007
5. 7:16 by Vitek Rostislav, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2009
6. 7:17 by Chad Hundeby, USA, E-F in September 1994
7. 7:20 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2003
8. 7:21 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2006
9. 7:22 by David Meca, Spain, E-F in August 2005
10. 7:25 by Yvetta Hlavacova, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2006
11. 7:40 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, E-F in July 1978