Saturday, August 31, 2013

Susie Maroney: first person in 1997 to swim from Cuba to U.S.

I was watching Diana Nyad on CBS news tonight and wondered if anyone else had made the 110 mile marathon swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys?

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    What I found was that Susie Maroney had made successfully all the way  as the first person (male or female at age 22) in 1997. She is from Australia.
    My wife was talking to me about Diana Nyad and how at 64 she would have a lot of will and focus that is harder to come by when younger. Also, because of stinging jellyfish she has to wear a plastic face cover and a special suit to keep from being stung over and over again. 
    Jellyfish all over the earth are becoming a problem because of overfishing everywhere. Since there are less fish to eat jellyfish they tend to sting young fish to death with their tentacles and eat them before they can mature and replenish the ocean. However, no one has been successful yet in reducing enough jellyfish to make a real difference. So, it is quite possible that jellyfish will be the conquerers of the ocean soon over most fish later this century.

    Jellyfish don't have a brain so they are a very unusual creature. When I think about them they almost are more like plants in this than animals. They drift over the ocean pushed by the winds. So, if land is in the way the are pushed on shore and die. But there are so many of them now that they are growing by leaps and bounds despite thousands or more of them being washed upon shores throughout the world.


64 year old Diana Nyad

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At age 22, the first person to swim the 180 km (110 mi) Florida Straits from Cuba to the United States (12 May 1997).[2][6]

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Susie Maroney

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Susie Maroney
Personal information
Full name Susan Jean Maroney
Nationality Australian
Born 15 November 1974 (age 38)
Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.68 metres (5 ft 6 in) (2009)
Sport Swimming
Susan Jean "Susie" Maroney[1][2] OAM (born 15 November 1974[3] in Cronulla, New South Wales) is an Australian former marathon swimmer.

Swimming career

Maroney was born with cerebral palsy. She initially kept her condition secret, but in 2007 she and her mother Pauline revealed her condition on the TV talk show Enough Rope.[4] She was four years old when she started swimming, and by the time she was seven years old she was competing in swimming carnivals. Before that she only competed in short distance events. After turning 13 years old she came to realise that she could do long swims. After failing to graduate from high school she pursued her vocation.
She was first recognised as a long-distance swimmer in 1989 when she achieved third place in the Australian Marathon Swimming Championship for Women, aged 14. In 1990 she became the first person to swim from Manly, New South Wales to Darling Harbour and back again in seven hours. That same year she also broke the speed record for swimming the English Channel, with the help of her mentor Des Renford.
In 1999, Maroney was admitted to hospital after suffering a severe asthma attack following a 675 lap swim for charity. Shortly after that she was arrested for driving under the influence, and although the charge was upheld, no conviction was recorded. She later admitted she had suffered a mental breakdown at that time, and was treated for exhaustion. She retired from swimming on 23 February 2003, officially ending her career by swimming from the Sydney Opera House to Manly.[5]

Honours and awards

In 1989, 1990 and 1991, Maroney was awarded the Advance Australia Award. In 1991 she was awarded the Channel 10 Young Achievers Sport Award and in 1993 the Order of Australia Medal. She also received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the New South Wales Government in 1997; the same year she was inducted into the International Hall of Fame for her accomplishments. In 1996 she was awarded the Victorian Young Achiever of the Year, by the Asthma Foundation.


  • Three time winner of the Manhattan Island swim race in years 1991, 1992 and 1994.
  • Fastest female two way English Channel Crossing (England/France/England) in 1991 at age 17 in time of 17 h 14 min.[3]
  • At age 22, the first person to swim the 180 km (110 mi) Florida Straits from Cuba to the United States (12 May 1997).[2][6]
  • Swam a record 197 km (122 mi) from Mexico to Cuba, covering the longest distance ever swum without flippers in open sea, in 38 hours and 33 minutes (1 June 1998).[6]
  • Completed 160 km swim from Jamaica to Cuba (15 September 1999).

Personal life

Susie Maroney is the daughter of Norm Maroney, former Assistant Commissioner of New South Wales Police. Her brother Michael is a former police officer and a junior triathlon champion.[7] Her twin brother Sean, also a triathlete, died in 2002 after falling from a balcony in Honolulu.[8]
She gave birth to a daughter, Paris Seana Maroney, on 19 June 2008. The baby's father, Maroney's estranged husband Robert Daniels, engaged a solicitor to legally challenge her name because it excluded his surname.[9]
She is now married to Darren May, a furniture maker, who it was revealed had served time in prison for assault and breaching an Apprehended Violence Order.[10] She gave birth to a daughter, named Capri, on 1 September 2010. Maroney and May separated when Maroney was pregnant with his second child. She is single as of May 2012.[11]


  1. ^ Maroney, Susie (Susan Jean) (1974 - ), The Australian Women's Register, The National Foundation for Australian Women.
  2. ^ a b Jocks' Journal. Vol. 20, No. 9., p. 19, May 2008
  3. ^ a b Peter Matthews (1 October 1994). The Guinness Book of Records, 1995. Guinness World Records Limited. p. 295. ISBN 978-0-85112-736-1. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  4. ^ Susie and Pauline Maroney, Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, 6 August 2007.
  5. ^ AAP (20 February 2003). "Brother's death sapped Susie". The Age.
  6. ^ a b Mark C. Young (1 May 2001). Guinness World Records 2001. Bantam Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-553-58375-5. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  7. ^ Forrest, Brad (29 January 2008). "Murphy strategy a success". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader.
  8. ^ Magnay, Jacquelin (11 June 2002). "Swim star's twin killed in party fall". The Age.
  9. ^ Adelaide Confidential (1 July 2008). "Legal fight over Susie Maroney's baby name". The Advertiser (Adelaide).
  10. ^ Susie Maroney's fiance is a jailbird, The Daily Telegraph, 3 February 2010.
  11. ^ "Susie Maroney pregnant to estranged husband Darren May". The Daily Telegraph. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2012.

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