Sarah Thomas

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Sarah Thomas is an American open water swimmer and member of the 24-hour club from Colorado who accomplished the unprecedented in Lake Tahoe in 2013 and in Lake Memphremagog when she completed a two-way crossing without a wetsuit. She was the recipient of the 2013 Barra Award by the Marathon Swimmers Forum.

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Barra Award

Thomas received the 2013 Barra Award, an award given by the Marathon Swimmers Forum for most impressive overall year of marathon swimming. The Barra Award considers not just swimming achievements, but also the person's full body of work in the sport of marathon swimming. It is named after New York channel swimmer David Barra.

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2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Thomas was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. Her nomination reads:

Back and forth, up and way, two-way, and double-crossing. If it involved doing anything in the water twice, Sarah Thomas is on her game. Her two swims in 2013, both the double-crossing of Lake Tahoe and the double-crossing of Lake Memphremagog, were unprecedented. Both unprecedented swims elevated her to the elusive 24-Hour Club status, finishing 42 miles in Lake Tahoe in 22 hours 35 minutes and 50 miles in Lake Memphremagog in 30 hours 1 minutes. Proving her mettle despite unkind conditions, she negative split both marathon swims. For her willingness to extend herself beyond what others do, for her courage to retrace her strokes in lakes throughout North America, for her two unprecedented two-way crossings, Sarah Thomas is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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