2017 Fast Times, Great Performances – Part 1: Swim (Women)

This is the first of a series of posts on the fastest and best times in 2017 Ironman-distance races. I will look at the best swim, bike, run and overall times for the men and women as well as the resulting ratings at the end of 2017. This post is about the fastest female swimmers.

Fastest Times

The fastest 12 swim times in a 2017 Ironman are from Cozumel and Chattanooga where currents helped athletes to post really fast times. The fastest time from another Ironman is by Lucy Charles who swam a 47:06 at IM Lanzarote.

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Alicia Kaye 00:41:49 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
2 Anja Beranek 00:41:50 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
3 Rachel McBride 00:41:52 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
4 Kelly Williamson 00:42:15 IM Chattanooga on 2017-09-24
5 Christine Hammond 00:44:49 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
6 Kirsty Jahn 00:44:53 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
7 Steph Corker 00:44:58 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
8 Anne Basso 00:45:05 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
9 Skye Moench 00:45:13 IM Chattanooga on 2017-09-24
10 Elizabeth Lyles 00:45:13 IM Chattanooga on 2017-09-24

Best Performances

If you have watched IM Kona, there won’t be any doubt who are currently the fastest females swimmers: Lucy Charles and Lauren Brandon built a huge lead over the other females in the swim. Between them, they also have the five best 2017 swim performances.

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Foto: Lucy exiting the swim at IM Lanzarote. Credit: Ingo Kutsche

Lucy’s swims in Lanzarote and Kona are the #1 and #2 best performances, they are almost at the same level. (Lucy’s third 2017 Ironman race was IM Frankfurt which is classified as invalid because of a shortened bike course. Her swim performance at Frankfurt would have placed sixth on the list.) Lauren Brandon’s swims in Hawaii, Mont Tremblant and Texas were only slightly slower performances.

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Lucy Charles 00:47:50 00:47:06 IM Lanzarote on 2017-05-20
2 Lucy Charles 00:47:51 00:48:48 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14
3 Lauren Brandon 00:47:56 00:48:53 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14
4 Lauren Brandon 00:48:04 00:49:34 IM Mont Tremblant on 2017-08-20
5 Lauren Brandon 00:48:16 00:48:52 IM Texas on 2017-04-22
6 Meredith Kessler 00:50:43 00:53:23 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04
7 Annabel Luxford 00:50:45 00:53:25 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04
8 Haley Chura 00:51:02 00:52:03 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14
9 Celine Schaerer 00:51:36 00:51:45 IM Switzerland on 2017-07-30
10 Annabel Luxford 00:51:44 00:52:19 IM France on 2017-07-23

2017 Ratings

With the number of dominating swims in their 2017 Ironman races, Lucy and Lauren also lead the Swim Ratings at the end of 2017. (Both just had one IM at the end of 2016 and haven’t been ranked a year ago.) There is a sizable gap of more than two minutes to #3 Haley Chura who returned to IM-distance racing in 2017 after a long injury break.

Last year’s best-rated swimmer was Jodie Cunnama, she has become a new mom to son Jack, hasn’t been able to race an Ironman in 2017 and consequently has dropped out of the rankings. She is probably going to re-enter the list of top swimmers when she returns to racing in 2018.

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # IM Races
1 (-) Lucy Charles GBR 00:47:54 (n/a) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 4
2 (-) Lauren Brandon USA 00:48:16 (n/a) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 4
3 (-) Haley Chura USA 00:50:20 (n/a) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 10
4 (2) Meredith Kessler USA 00:50:34 (+0:01) IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04 25
5 (3) Celine Schaerer SUI 00:51:28 (+0:24) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 9
6 (14) Annabel Luxford AUS 00:51:56 (-1:13) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 6
7 (6) Daniela Ryf SUI 00:52:03 (+0:33) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 11
8 (8) Alicia Kaye USA 00:52:12 (-0:20) IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26 4
9 (9) Anja Beranek GER 00:52:20 (+0:05) IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26 10
10 (11) Dede Griesbauer USA 00:52:41 (-0:04) IM Mar del Plata on 2017-12-03 23
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