May 17, 2012:
The Toughest Swim of All:
December 9, 2011:
Ted Erikson, Greta Andersen, Vito Bialla and Steven Munatones on Open Water Swimming:
May 20, 2011:
First Relay Completed:
NIGHT TRAIN SWIMMERS COMPLETE SWIMS FROM THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE TO THE FARALLON ISLANDS!
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September. 25, 1956:
Myra Thompson, a 21-year-old physical education major at San Francisco State College, wins the 26.5-mile swim from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco, though she stopped swimming after 14 miles. Thompson battled an unrelenting current for nine hours and 21 minutes to prevail over an original field of eight swimmers:
San Francisco State College coed Myra Thompson failed in her attempt to become the first person to swim from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco. She was pulled out of the water only 2 miles short of her goal. She had swum through the treacherous waters for 241/2 miles before she had to give up, exhausted. The 22-year-old had been in the frigid water 18 hours. Her handlers in the escorting boat reported that she had swum strongly until within sight of the lights and bonfires at the foot of Taraval Street on Ocean Beach but then became exhausted and incoherent and was forcibly removed from the water.
Who’s Tired?…Not Me SWIMMER– Elizabeth Thompson embraces her mother – photo) Farallon Swim– She Could Have Gone Further, Says Coach Ray Taft of San Mateo, who trained and piloted Myra Thompson for her victorious Farallon island swim said today she could have gone farther if he had not convinced her The plucky 22-year-old San Francisco State college coed out swam seven competitors, including six husky males but failed in her attempt to be the first person to swim the wave-chopped 26 miles from the Farallon islands to the mainland. “Considering the elements,” Taft said, “there was no point in going any farther. What good would it have done if we went five or six miles more – it wouldn’t have given her any more money or…[THIS TRANSCRIPTION IS HARD TO READ BUT THE FULL AND COMPLETE ONE CAN BE DOWNLOADED].