From OpenwaterpediaMighty Mermaids, a fantastically fit female group of open water swimmers who have set records and won competitions from coast to coast. They have finished fifth overall in the 2009 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (7 hours 33 minutes), 24th overall and 2nd fastest female team at the 2008 Trans Tahoe Relay and made names for themselves in numerous individual open water swimming and pool swimming competitions. They also did a 9:19:44 crossing of the Catalina Channel in setting the record for an all-female over-50 relay team by over an hour and a half.
The Mighty Mermaids are a special team where age and competitiveness are their calling cards. The team consists of Christie Plank Ciraulo (55), Nancy Steadman Martin (54), Lisa Bennett (53), Jenny Cook (51), Karen Farnsworth Einsidler (53) and Tracy Grilli (52).
When Christie turned 50, she dreamed to organize a group of fast women in their 50's to swim together on a major open water swimming relay. Christie was looking for something more than just pool swimming. She introduced herself to Tracy and Nancy and kept in touch for over a year before the Trans Tahoe Relay became a possibility.
Jenny, Karen and Lisa were recruited and confirmed in short order. As Christie recalled, "Once our team was set, we were already picking out our team color, team suits and team nail polish.”
Bennett (Virginia) is a U.S. Masters Swimming and 3-time world record holder with 159 U.S. Masters Swimming Top Ten swims with numerous open water swimming victories, including being the first woman to win the Navy SEAL reunion swim.