WATCH: Gina Harden to Attempt Second Leg of Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
By Steve Wilson // June 13, 2022
Only 265 swimmers in the world have achieved The Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
WATCH: U.S. Navy Captain Gina Harden (Ret.), along with her friend, Melanie Tyrrell, will attempt to swim the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, also known as 20 Bridges, on Wednesday, June 15. This is the second leg of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming that Harden has attempted. Last year, she completed the first leg, swimming the English Channel and will attempt the third leg later this year. Harden talks with the Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson about her love of the water, the upcoming swim and much more in this exclusive interview.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – U.S. Navy Captain Gina Harden (Ret.) is at it again! Approximately one year ago, the Satellite Beach, Florida native swam the English Channel. On Wednesday, June 15, she will attempt to swim the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, which is known as 20 Bridges.
Later this year, Harden will attempt to swim the Catalina Channel, which is between the California mainland and Catalina Island.
After Harden accomplishes all three swims, she will have achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. As of late 2021, only 265 swimmers in the world have achieved this feat!
Harden is looking forward to her swim around Manhattan Island for many reasons. One is because she will be joined in the water by her good friend, Melanie Tyrrell. There will be a safety boat and a kayaker in between Harden and Tyrrell during the swim.
The water temperature is expected to be near 70 degrees, which according to Harden would make it “very comfortable.”
When asked if she will be able to enjoy the sights of Manhattan Island during the swim, Harden said, “Everyone I have spoken with that has done the swim says, when you swim under the bridges, do backstrokes so you can look up at the bridge.”
Harden is looking forward to seeing the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and all that New York City has to offer.
On June 15, Harden will have a unique view of Manhattan Island. It will be from a vantage point that not too many people have enjoyed. Space Coast Daily will follow Gina and Melanie’s swim live, be sure to tune in on June 15 or go to track.rs/nyow.