Erica Rose Wins Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

NEW YORK (AP) — Erica Rose won the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on Saturday, finishing the 28.5-mile course around Manhattan in 7 hours, 29 minutes, 46 seconds.

The 28-year-old Rose, from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is a former world champion and 10-time U.S. champion.

The race, the longest swimming event in the world, began and ended at South Cove in Battery Park City.

Australia’s John van Wisse, a three-time Manhattan Island champion, was second in 7:33:50.

Rose and van Wisse earned the right to return Sept. 28 to swim on a fast tide and attempt to break the record around the island held by Shelley Taylor Smith at 5:45.

  • MIMS 2011

    I was part of the race (as a relay) and give all of the competitors, especially the solo swimmers, a lot of credit! 7+ hours in the rivers is quite a feat.

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