In this unusual year, our celebration was limited to one local solo swimmer in order to minimize any risk to our community.
We are delighted that Jaimie Monahan was the one to uphold the tradition of the Rose Pitonof Swim on this, its 10th anniversary. She has completed this swim more times than anyone else, and is a powerful embodiment of the spirit of the event. We can’t think of a better Rose representative, and are proud to have her as a member of the URBANSWIM family.
This swim was only a small part of Jaimie’s success in the waters of New York City this season. While the world reeled from the Pandemic, Jamie focused on what she could still do during lockdown at home: she swam. She swam around, and around, and around, and around Manhattan, becoming the only person to complete four consecutive loops of the island, and the record holder for the most circumnavigation swims in total. Words can not capture the grit, perseverence, and force of will behind this stunning achievement.