MIMS field selection update

By my unofficial observations, the online applications for MIMS were closed a little over an hour after they opened. 46 swimmers threw their hats into the ring during that time, including:

  • 14 women and 32 men
  • 6 Australians, 4 Britons, 2 Irish, 4 Mexicans, 1 Italian, 1 Portuguese, 2 Spaniards, and 26 Americans
  • 20 English Channel crossers, 6 Catalina Channel crossers, and 8 MIMS finishers

The early favorites would have to include:

  • John Van Wisse – MIMS winner in 2000, 2008, and 2009, and 2-way English Channel crosser in 2010.
  • Erica Rose – former USA open-water national team member, 5K world champion, and more recently, 6th overall finisher in this year’s Big Shoulders 5K.

19 applications (including my own) were accepted the same afternoon, on the basis of the “first-come, first-served, first-completed” policy (i.e., no missing medical forms, etc.). That leaves 6 spots for the remaining 27 applicants. The selection committee will likely meet over the next couple of days, at which point the final field of 25 solo swimmers will be announced.

Worldwide tribute to Fran Crippen

On October 30, swimmers and friends-of-swimming around the world visited lakes, oceans, bays, rivers, and man-made pools, and offered a tribute to a great swimmer and (by all accounts) remarkable human being, who passed too soon.

Images from all corners of the globe are collected in these two Facebook albums. The second one is viewable by non-Facebook members, but the first one is somewhat better.

Both are beautiful beyond words.


The MIMS application went online at 1pm Eastern today, as scheduled. I was no later than the 8th solo swimmer to submit a complete application, so I should be in good shape to make the 25-person field. By 2pm Eastern, 40 solo swimmers had applied.

I now await word from the committee who reviews the applications. It could be a few days. Did I dot all my I’s and cross all my T’s? Let’s hope so.