Shirley Loftus-Charley is an amazing swimmer by any measure:
- she is a multiple national champion and All-American in both pool and open water events;
- she has been a Long Distance All-Star 10 separate times, including each of the last six years;
- she currently holds nine individual USMS records (five long distance, four pool) and 65 LMSC records.
But perhaps Shirley’s most defining legacy as a masters swimmer is the consistency and duraction of her achievements at the Chris Greene Lake cable swim. This year she won both the 1- and 2-mile CGL races while setting national records in both — in fact, this is the second year in a row that she has done this — but that is just the tip of the iceberg. This year marks the 31st consecutive time that Shirley has raced at the 36-year-old race!
To appreciate the magnitude of this accomplishment, consider that Shirley’s first race was in 1982, one year before her son Craig was born and three years before the birth of her daughter, Amy; this year, all three swam in the 2-mile race and all finished within six seconds of one another. And talk about durability: her career best time in the 2-mile race is 45:34.00, set in 1989 when she was a spring chicken of 37-years-old; this year’s time, done 23 years later, is only 4 seconds slower.
Amazing! Shirley truly deserves the title of Queen of the Lake!