Michelle Davidson (born 1970), is a U.S. Masters Swimmer and a long distance, open water swimmer. She is one of only 84 swimmers in the world who have ever accomplished the Triple Crown of swimming: (1) swimming the 21 miles (34 km) across the English Channel; (2) swimming 20.2 miles (32.5 km) across the Catalina Channel in southern California; and (3) swimming 28.5 miles (45.9 km) around the New York City island of Manhattan.
Swimming 21 miles across the English Channel in 2004 in 13 hours 45 minutes,
Swimming around the island of Manhattan (28.5 miles) in 2000, 2003 and 2007,
Swimming southern California's 20.2 mile Catalina Channel
Completing the 22 mile Ederle Swim from Battery Park, NY to Sandy Hook, NJ in 2006 and 2010.
Born in 1970, Davidson is a resident of the Ocean Grove section of Neptune Township, New Jersey, and is employed as a teacher at Holmdel High School. Either individually, or with her swimming partner Nancy Steadman Martin, she has made seven long distance swims between the years 2000 and 2010. These include:
While known primarily for her long distance swims, she has been named to the U.S. Masters Swimming's list of All Americans on three occasions, having posted the fastest time in an event/age group in at least one of the organization's three official courses. Since 2003, Davidson has competed in 144 U.S. Masters Swimming short course events, winning 73 of these competitions (51%).
In addition to swimming, Davidson is world class paddle boarder who in 2004, was a member of a relay team that paddled from Cuba to Florida,; has run five marathons in five states; competed in an Ironman competition; and has won the U.S. Lifeguard Association's "Run-Swim-Run" and Iron Woman competition.
Davdison was an Ocean Grove lifeguard for 26 years and the lifeguard manager for the 15 years. She is listed as a Notable Resident of Ocean Grove.
March 28, 2016 Davidson and long time swim partner, Nancy Steadman Martin swam from Lani Island to Maui Island Hawaii the new record setting time: 5 hours 5 minutes