Est. 1970

Hall of Fame

Marica Cleveland headshot

Marcia Cleveland – BIO

  • Active masters swimmer, coach, and meet director 1986-present
  • Current record holder for fastest cumulative time of the Triple Crown: English Channel, Catalina Channel, and Around Manhattan Island.
  • International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree 2020
  • Author of Dover Solo, considered a resource bible for English Channel aspirants.
  • One of only 28 USMS-Certified Level 4 Coaches
  • ILMSA Coach of the year 2022
  • Adult Learn to Swim Instructor (ALTS)
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor.
  • Illinois Masters Relay organizer for five annual USMS Virtual National Championships which have resulted in 27 national winners and 4 national team championships
  • Founder and director of Safety Swimmers and Swim Clinic Programs for Big Shoulders and Swim Across America – Chicago

    USMS Achievements

    • Pool Records – 2 individual pool, 2 relay pool, and 2 long distance relay
    • All American – 1 yr pool, 12 yrs long distance individual and 2 yrs long distance relay
    • Top Ten – 72 individual and 24 relay
    • All-Star Honors – 3 years long distance
    USMS Volunteer
    • 2001 USMS Dorthy Donnolly Service Award
    • Long Distance Committee Member 2000-2010
    • History and Achives Committee Member 2004-2011
    • Open Water Committee 2010-2011
    • Regular Swimmer magazine contributor