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Friday, September 22, 2017

Forget Meditating, Just Go For A Swim

Courtesy of Ryan Holiday, Thought Catalog.

Ryan Holiday of Austin, Texas wrote Ego is the Enemy and The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumphs. He also recently wrote Forget Meditating, Just Go For A Swim here in the Thought Catalog.

Steve Dalke, Mr. Natural From Shore To Shore

Courtesy of Lynn Kubasek, Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, California.

Steven Dalke crossed the Santa Barbara Channel from Anacapa Island to Silverstrand on the California mainland in 7 hours 7 minutes.

What made his crossing unique was how natural he did it. "Usually I see swimmers glopped from head to toes in protective goop," said long-time observer Lynn Kubasek. "Mr. Natural my attention. I wonder how he does it?"

Kubasek often sees a range of choices for skin lubrication and sunscreen. "It can vary from the full-body Desitin look of Jaimie Monahan to lanolin or Vaseline with Sea & Ski.

But this Saturday, I saw something totally unique...Steve "my body is a temple" Dalke did not use any lube or sunscreen. He emerged from the water after his Anacapa swim looking totally fine - no sunburn or chafing at all. His wife confirmed he never uses lotions or creams

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Connectivity, Camaraderie, Caring Among Swimmers

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Harry Huffaker, an inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, had been alternatively training for additional open water swims and traveling solo in his recreational vehicle in the state of New Mexico.

Unfortunately, his trip was interrupted by a stroke/brain bleed. "Without warning, I began to experience slurred speech and mental confusion.

After friends called Emergency 911 and an ambulance ride to the emergency room in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, I was lifeflighted across the New Mexico desert and taken from there by another ambulance to the Intensive Caru Unit in El Paso

After eight long days, the famed Hawaiian channel swimmer was released. "I flew to Albuquerque where newly found friends had kindly shuttled my van and left it at the airport."

But his health challenges were not over. "After another event, I spent a few more days at Lovelace Heart Institute which is a world-class facility and then returned to [hometown of] Ketchum [Idaho]. Since the problem was caused by blood thinner, a full recovery is expected." His most recent CT (computerized tomography) scan indicated that his brain bleed is resolved.

But his marathoning mindset continues. "Balance has been somewhat of a problem, but that also continues to show improvement. Last week, I hiked up the ski hill with the aid of hiking poles from 6,000 feet to the summit of 9,100 feet. I am doing some weight training 3-4 days per week, but I had to put the Waikiki Roughwater Swim on the back burner until next year. I will head to the UM Cardiovascular Center to undergo a procedure to implant the Watchman Device which should obviate the need for me to be on blood thinners.

Quite a few a number of masters swimmers have Afib (or atrial fibrillation, an irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow) and are on blood thinners which work well for many, but not everyone. This Watchman Device procedure might be of interest to other swimmers [see here].

Once again, the swimming community offers further proof that there is not another sport which offers the level of connectivity, camaraderie and lasting friendships than swimming does. My teammates from club swimming 65 years ago, high school swimming 60 years ago, college swimming 55 years ago, and open water friends from 50 years ago in Hawaii have all stepped forth to offer assistance in several ways — emails, phone calls, airport pick-ups, shuttles to and from various places, lodging, hospital follow-up, etc

Photo above by Mike Lewis of Ola Vista Photography shows the-then 75-year-old Dr. Huffaker preparing for a crossing of the Molokai Channel in Hawaii.

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Ana Marcela Cunha, Viviane Jungblut Finish In The Mix

Courtesy of Satiro Sodré, SSPress/CBDA, Lago Paranoá, Brasília, Brazil.

Within eight seconds, the top nine swimmers finished the Campeonato Brasileiro de Aguas Abertas in Lago Paranoá, an artificial reservoir in Brasília, on September 17th.

Among the seven fastest men in the national Brazilian open water swimming championships, two top women (Ana Marcela Cunha and Viviane Jungblut) swam togther with the lead pack and ultimatelly finished right in the middle, a credit to their competitiveness, speed and stamina.

Campeonato Brasileiro de Aguas Abertas Brasilia 2017 Top 10 Females:
1 Ana Marcela Cunha 1:57.04.00
2 Viviane Jungblut 1:57.06.00
3 Gabriela Cordeiro Ferreira 2:02.28.00
4 Betina Lorscheitter 2:11.22.00
5 Julia Leal Nina 2:12.52.00
6 Rafalela Monilly Cardoso 2:12.54.00
7 Marina Amorim 2:14.26.00
8 Camila Poso Tribst 2:16.16.00
9 Leticia Queiroz 2:20.50.0
10 Carol Souza Hertel 2:21.11.00

Campeonato Brasileiro de Aguas Abertas Brasilia 2017 Top 10 Males:
1 Fernando Ponte 1:57.00.00
2 Victor Hugo Ribeiro Colonese 1:57.01.00
3 Alexandre Finco 1:57.02.00
4 Matheus Evangelista 1:57.02.10
5 Elder Luna de Oliveira 1:57.03.00
6 Luiz Gustavo Barros 1:57.05.00
7 Mattheus Hirota Costa 1:57.08.00
8 Alexandre Spiess 2:00.53.00
9 Matheus da Silva 2:01.25.00
10 João Ricardo Cauduro de Miranda 2:02.21.00

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Ferry, Jazz Win Close Swim Serpentine Sprint

Courtesy of Thomas Lovelock and Simon Lodge, WOWSA, Swim Serpentine, London.

Ferry Weertman is on a roll - from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to the 2017 FINA World Championships in Lake Balaton in Hungary to the Swim Serpentine in London. But he just edged Spyridon Gianniotis in the Olympics, Jordan Wilimovsky at the World Championships, and British swimmer Nathan Hughes in the Serpentine.

The 17-year-old Hughes misjudged his entrance to the finish chute and lost to the Dutch Olympic champion by one second.

The always gracious-on-land, highly competitive-in-the-water Weertman said, “There were some of the top open water swimmers in the world here so Nathan did really well and I hope to see him in international competitions in the future. From my perspective, I’m delighted with the win and pleased that I had the sprint at the beginning of a new season. It’s a great event in the centre of London and the crowds were fantastic. I missed swimming here at the London 2012 Olympics so it was nice to be able to come here and compete today.”

Hughes acknowledged his mistake in lead pack with five men, “It was frustrating because I just went the wrong side of the final buoy as my goggles had steamed up. I felt like I was strong at that point and had enough left and it would have been a great win. Just to be in this race competing against the Olympic champion and other great swimmers was a great opportunity and I hope to get more opportunities like this. I concentrated mainly on the pool last year, but this coming season I think I’ll be mixing open water swimming with some of the longer distances in the pool.”

Weertman’s Dutch teammate Pepijn Smits finished third with Great Britain’s Jack Burnell finished 14th after a two-month break.

Double Olympic silver medalist Jazz Carlin (400m and 800m freestyle), showed her swimming prowess by by winning the elite women’s 1-mile race in 18:45. “That was one of my first open water races so it’s always a bit of going into the unknown. It’s the start of my season and a good test to see where my fitness is at. It’s a great event and wonderful to see how many people are swimming here and enjoying it. That’s so great for the sport of swimming. My turns are not my strong point in the pool so it was nice to have no turns today. I’m very inexperienced in open water swimming so I’m really happy to have won.”

Germany's Sarah Bosslet came close to Carlin, finishing two seconds back in 18:47 while British teammate Danielle Huskisson was third in 19:46.

Other competitions included a 2-mile race in the Serpentine. 38-year-old Terry Bonnett and 37-year-old Sally Blick completed the 2-mile Swim Serpentine race to win the inaugural London Classics, a combined endurance race that included the 2-mile swim and the Virgin Money London Marathon and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

The Super Six Challenge required participate to swim six miles in various waves throughout the course of the day. 42-year-old James Laming won the Super Six, swimming the two-mile distance three times for a cumulative time of 3 hours 1 minute 24 seconds. “It’s the first time I’ve finished first in anything since I won a small race at Cubs when I was aged about nine. It was also the first time I’ve swum six miles. I had only done three miles straight before in my local lake in Lincoln and this was a fantastic experience."

35-year-old Italian Chiara Genovese won the female Super Six as she raised £1,250 for EMERGENCY to date, finishing in a cumulative time of 3 hours 15 minutes 25 seconds. "This was the longest swim I have ever done. Volunteers from my charity were here to support me and without them I would never have finished it.”

Swim Serpentine Event Director Hugh Brasher summed up the day when nearly 5,000 swimmers took part, "It has been an absolutely wonderful day at Swim Serpentine. Watching wave after wave of swimmers in this iconic setting and the huge crowd around the Serpentine Lake is an awe-inspiring sight and, in just its second year, this event is firmly established as one of the best open water swimming events in the world.

This year we also saw the first people ever to complete the London Classics, one of the world's greatest sporting challenges, with hundreds of participants who have run the London Marathon, cycled the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and finished the two mile swim today

Men's Elite Top 10 Results:
1 Ferry Weertman 17:16
2 Nathan Hughes 17:17
3 Pepijn Smits 17:19
4 Alexander Studzinski 17:19
5 Andreas Waschburger 17:20
6 Caleb Hughes 18:23
7 Max Jelfs 18:33
8 Andrew Horsfall-Turner 18:34
9 Ryan Reader 18:38
10 Tom Robinson 18:40

Women's Elite Top 10 Results:
1 Jazz Carlin 18:45
2 Sarah Bosslet 18:47
3 Danielle Huskisson 19:46
4 Maisie Macartney 19:47
5 Pippa Shuttleworth 19:57
6 Tiegan Child 20:00
7 Chloe Pollard 20:00
8 Shannon Dalligan 20:02
9 Caitlin Poulson 20:07
10 Amber Hughes 20:19

Photo by Thomas Lovelock shows the elite men's podium finishers (Pepijn Smits, Ferry Weertman, Nathan Hughes). Photo by Thomas Lovelock shows the elite women's podium finishers (Danielle Huskisson, Jazz Carlin, Sarah Bosslet). Photo by Simon Lodge shows the elite women's para swimmers starting.

For more information, visit here.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lynne Cox To Be Honored In Long Beach

Courtesy of Aquatic Capital of America, Long Beach, California.

Lynne Cox will be honored tomorrow night at a festive Hall o Fame event at the Peter Archer Rowing Center in Long Beach, located next to the historic Long Beach Marine Stadium (site to the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games rowing events). She will be honored alongside 13 others into the Long Beach Aquatic Capital Hall of Fame.

"These individuals have brought honor and recognition to Long Beach through their aquatic endeavors. They are a big reason why Long Beach is the Aquatic Capital of America," said vice president Lucy Johnson.

"Lynne needs no introduction in the open water swimming world and certainly not among those in the local community. She's a pioneer, a record-holder, a channel swimmer, a narrator, a writer, an inspiration, an icon," observed Steven Munatones.

For more information, visit www.aquaticcapital.org - with its long list of Olympic medalists and world champions in swimming, water polo, rowing, and sailing as well as luminaries in various water sports and aquatic management.

Lynne Cox is shown training alongside the Queen Mary in Long Beach, escorted by a paddleboarder, circa 1984.

For information on her career, visit www.lynnecox.com.

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Mark Moore Manages Mission Mile

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Mark Moore, Program Director & Head Coach of the Mission Viejo Nadadores Masters, is hosting the Mission Mile, a 1-mile swim on Lake Mission Viejo in Southern California on September 24th.

For more event information and online registration, visit here.

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Swimmers Helping Non-swimmers

Courtesy of WOWSA, Orlando, Florida.

Millions of people were caught within the ravages of the recent hurricanes that hit the Caribbean nations and southern American states from Texas to Florida. With days of heavy rainfall, flooded streets and storm surges that threatened property and lives, many non-swimmers faced difficult positions.

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee Yuko Matsuzaki [shown above] is obviously comfortable in the water and was able to help others in need over the recent weeks.

"I established a temporary office for the Japanese Consulate in the Rosen Hotel in Orlando [Florida] where I assisted local Japanese and many Japanese tourist [during the hurricanes]. It was really windy. Fortunately, damages to buildings and homes were small, but 80% of the area lost power and 50% of the people are still struggling to deal without power here. I lost power in my apartment, but I am very lucky to be able to stay in a hotel."

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Outstanding Advice In Open Water And On Dryland

Courtesy of Ted Erikson, Illinois Institute of Technology.

The John J. Schommer Honor I Award at the Illinois Institute of Technology was given to Ted Erikson, B.S. Chemical Engineering (1952), M.S. Chemistry (1959) and who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 1978 for his exploits in waters ranging from the English Channel to the Farallon Islands to Lake Michigan.

The Award is awarded to IIT alumni who excelled in both leadership and performance as student athletes at Illinois Institute of Technology and who also went on to achieve significant success after graduation.

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John Becker, Blakeley Bunch Win Swim Hobbs Island

Film courtesy of Huntsville Madison County Rescue Squad, Inc. and Ali Meeks, Tennessee River, Alabama.

53-year-old John Becker won the 5-mile Swim Hobbs Island for the second year in a row.

30-year-old Blakeley Bunch who swam for Auburn University and raced at the USA Olympic Trials, won the charity swim through the Tennessee River.

"Our top winner for the masters swimming division men is one of our local swim coaches for Huntsville Swim Association, David Kalange," described race director Ali Meeks. "12-year-old Brooke Dixon took first overall in the non-wetsuit 1-mile for the women. The top three males in the 1-mile swim were 16, 11, and 10 years old, respectively: Thomas Pritchard, Rocco Rissman, and David Hammond.

Thomas is pursuing a goal with his mother of swimming at least a 1-mile open water swim events in each of the 50 [American] states

1-mile Race Winners by Division
F10-39 Brooke Dixon 25:49.4
F40-100 Megan Gibbons 27:14.7
FW10-100 Suzanne Erickson 31:48.1
M10-39 Thomas Pritchard 21:53.3
M40-100 Justin Rock 25:51.5
MW10-100 John Butterfield 39:05.7

2-mile Race Winners by Division
F10-39 Rebecca Ferguson 53:11.8
F40-100 Michele Crook 54:01.6
FW10-100 Stephanie Carr 1:10:44.4
M10-39 Jack Kennedy 50:35.5
M40-100 David Kalange 53:57.7
MW10-100 Jason Sabio 54:11.4

5-mile Female Results
1 Blakeley Bunch 1:58:14.7
2 Jessica Wood 2:40:57.1
3 Libba Vaughan 2:43:01.5
4 Vanessa Holland 2:46:41.4
5 Suzanne Taylor 3:04:30.7
6 Karen Stuckey 3:20:40.2
7 Mimi Hughes 3:20:44.1
DNF Jill Falling

5-mile Male Results
1 John Carl Becker 2:14:34.3
2 Daniel Montiel 2:17:01.1
3 Cooper Womack 2:18:27.7
4 Finn Fitzsimmons 2:25:04.3
5 Russell Roberts 3:18:21.1
6 Juan Negron 3:21:08.0
7 Timothy Smith 3:38:48.9
8 Richard Wood 3:56:30.3
9 Patrick Brock 4:40:12.6

For more information, visit here.

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Sharon Beckman Rocks With Radcliffe

Illustration courtesy of Mark Steele, Harvard Magazine, September-October 2017.

"It was so much fun. I laughed and giggled the whole way," recalled Boston College Professor Sharon Beckman about her 9 hour 6 minute crossing of the English Channel in August 1982. "[But] the last two miles took forever. I could see the coast of France, I could see the rocks in front of me, but it seemed like I wasn't getting any closer. I didn't think I'd ever get there.

It was such a perfect day. I felt good the whole way. I was never tired at all. All in all, I'm really happy. It was a fund swim, so much fun that I'm kind of sad that it's over

Considering the generation, Beckman received great support en route to her Channel success.

Silvergate and Gerner, the Boston law firm where the Harvard graduate was employed at the time, granted her time off to train and travel, and made a contribution to her fund-raising efforts. She also received a US$1000 grant from Radcliffe College to help with her costs.

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Alex Kostich Faces Tough Task At Tiki

Courtesy of Tiki Swim, Oceanside, California.

Alex Kostich added to his ocean-swimming legacy with another dramatic comeback victory at the 2.4-mile Tiki Swim in Oceanside, California where he had to make up 200 meters on young (15) and up-and-coming Brandon Samaniego.

Meanwhile, Lexie Kelly won the women's 2.4-mile coastal race while Heidi Reisert just edged out Isabella Martinez-Spencer in the 1.2-mile race, although the women were given the same time (29:32).

1.2-mile Top Ten Male & Female Bioprene Results:
1 Heidi Reisert 29:32
2 Isabella Martinez-Spencer 29:32
3 Rafal Szukala 29:39
4 Carlie Herrmann 29:42
5 John Sprafka 31:37
6 Breann Fuller 31:39
7 Benjamin Laxson 31:45
8 Kenneth Prol 31:56
9 Michael McDaniel 32:00
10 Ashley Schildwachter 32:12

2.4-mile Top Ten Male & Female Bioprene Results:
1 Alex Kostich 50:13
2 Brandon Samaniego 50:17
3 Jude Williams 51:03
4 Steve Allnutt 52:45
5 Ethan Dickenson 53:40
6 Justin Boals 53:41
7 Kyle Brill 53:44
8 Adrian Kirkpatrick 53:48
9 Lexie Kelly 54:20
10 Luke Weniger 54:40

1.2-mile Top Ten Male & Female Neoprene Results:
1 Barbara Gayle 34:35
2 Benjamin Berger 35:15
3 Brad Hollingsworth 35:27
4 Jeanne Moore 35:51
5 Victoria Barana 36:01
6 Lisa Rustin 36:33
7 Kathy Spencer 37:01
8 Joanna Dillon 37:48
9 Chris Maund 38:10
10 Sally Boles 39:18

2.4-mile Top Ten Male & Female Neoprene Results:
1 Phil Williams 58:07
2 Hubie Kerns 1:00:10
3 Mollie Hebda 1:00:33
4 Alan Vitums 1:02:42
5 Michael Leshnower 1:02:59
6 Paul Clark 1:03:40
7 David Kelsch 1:03:41
8 David Ploessel 1:03:45
9 Nathan Olar 1:03:59
10 Julie Moss 1:04:12

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Ocean Education

Courtesy of Bruckner Chase, Jason Bitzer, Oahu.

Bruckner Chase and lifeguards like Jason Bitzer on Oahu and across the Pacific Ocean are working on an innovative project through a grant y the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a scientific agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and atmosphere.

NOAA warns of dangerous weather, rogue waves, charts seas and skies, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to improve understanding and stewardship of the environment. NOAA research and operations are supported by individuals like Chase and Bitzer.

Stay tuned for an announcement by NOAA for its upcoming unique program.

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The Murphy's, Sea Warriors In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

According to Ancestry.com, the surname Murphy is the Anglicized version of the Irish surname Ó Murchadha and Mac Murchadha, meaning sea warrior.

Giving the number of Murphy's in the open water swimming world, the moniker Sea Warrior seems very appropriate:

* Andrea Murphy (Australia), twice completed the Rottnest Channel Swim
* Brenda Murphy (South Africa), crossed the Strait of Gibraltar
* Brian Murphy (USA), national champion lifeguard and waterman from California
* Brooke Murphy (Australia), twice completed the Rottnest Channel Swim
* Dan Murphy (USA), completed two lake marathon swim in the USA
* Dennis Murphy (USA), participated in the Caspian Swim in Vermont
* James Murphy (USA), crossed completed the Catalina Channel
* Jane Murphy (UK), participated in the Irish Champion of Champions event
* John Murphy (USA), race director of the 32.2 km Apostle Island Relay Swim
* Julie Murphy (Ireland), completed the Eddie Skelly Memorial Swim
* Julie Murphy (USA), completed a Swim Around Key West
* Kate Murphy (USA), participated in the Caspian Swim in Vermont
* Katrina Murphy (USA), Swimmer Liaison & Volunteer Coordinator of the Mighty Mac Swim
* Kevin Murphy (UK), dual inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame
* Leslie Murphy (UK), English Channel crew member
* Loreta Murphy (Australia), twice completed the Rottnest Channel Swim
* Mark Murphy (Australia), swam across Rottnest Channel three times
* Rob Murphy (Australia), twice completed the Rottnest Channel Swim
* Sean Murphy (Canada), raced at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Maui Channel Swim
* Susanna Murphy (Ireland), crossed the English Channel
* Tadhg Murphy (Ireland), participated in an English Channel relay

This month marks the 42nd anniversary of the first attempt at a three-way crossing of the English Channel by Kevin Murphy [shown above] who literally expanded the existing mindset of the open water swimming community with his valiant, but ultimately, unsuccessful attempt.

Murphy often said that he was 'going for a little dip' on his marathon swims, but the British journalist had a whole lot more on his mind back on September 1st 1975.

With Captain Charnick at the helm of St. Claire with P. Cox and F. Seagrove as observers and Jane Secker, Leslie Murphy, Stan Birtley and Peter Dyton on his crew, Murphy set off to France at 5:23 am on the first three-way attempt of the English Channel in history. His first leg in 15 hours flat, faster than his previous 3 crossings (2 of which were solo crossings).

But things started to get rocky on his return to England. His second leg took him 21 hours 3 minutes. But his swim was not to be called despite Murphy had spent over 36 hours in the water. He looked determined - defiantly - across in the direction of France and took off, convinced a three-way was only a matter of time.

But it was not meant to be.

Murphy was pulled by his crew - involuntarily - after 52 hours 30 minutes. The conditions were just too rough for the safety of everyone else in his crew. Murphy, of course, was willing to continue, but other factors out of his control led to his three-way attempt being called.

"[Marathon swimming] is a team effort," the famed Hall of Famer explains. "When I am actually swimming, I hate it while I am in there. When I get in, I am thinking when am I going to get out. I enjoy finishing and actually the adrenalin rush of actually completing a swim and overcoming all of the odds including one's own frailties.

I have a fear of what I am going to doing to myself."

But 42 years ago, his mindset was right. His course was clear. His goal was France, to complete history's first three-way crossing of the English Channel.

Mother Nature, however, stepped in and made sure history would be made by another swimmer, American Jon Erikson, would later become the first to complete a three-way in 1981.

Murphy thought it could be done and proved to others like Erikson, Alison Streeter, Philip Rush and Chloë McCardel that it could be done...eventually. "52.5 hours [swimming over] two and a half ways before I was ordered out because of bad weather...

Nobody believed before then that [a three-way] could be done. It's great to see the legacy with Chloë being the latest to achieve the three-way."

Back in 2015, he made a prediction that McCardel and Sarah Thomas are prepared to achieve. "Now it just needs somebody to believe that a four-way can be done

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Clark Campbell On Collegiate Open Water Swimming

Courtesy of Clark Campbell, University of Kansas.

Clark Campbell is the University of Kansas swimming pool and President of the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association, the oldest coaches association in the USA, founded in 1922.

He also organizes the CSCAA National Collegiate Open Water Swimming Championships*, a 5 km race in Lone Star Lake near Lawrence, Kansas held this past week. He talked about the event:

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Putting together a national championship event is never easy. Can you describe the team that you have around you to host the national collegiate championships?

Clark Campbell: It starts with the CSCAA Executive Director, Joel Shinofield. We have the Association’s full support adding an opportunity in our sport. Next, the good folks of Douglas County Parks are absolutely the best. Our venue, Lone Star Lake, is a county property and they take great pride showcasing a true hidden gem in Kansas. Lastly, we have the full support of Kansas Athletics. From Facilities, Sports Med, Communications, etc. everyone is all in on making this a truly special event.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: The event is growing. Do you think that you may have to limit the event in terms of participants at some point in the future?

Clark Campbell: We believe the course can accommodate 70 athletes each (men’s and women’s) safely and effectively.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You were formerly a stud triathlete competing at the highest level, is that were your love of the open water came from - or did you get into open water swimming earlier?

Clark Campbell: Triathlon was my first exposure to open water. I was actually better without the walls and found a lot of success; usually in the lead or close to it coming out of the water. Raced during and after my triathlete career in open water events. In fact, I placed first for my age group at the FINA Masters World Championship 5 km in Montreal in the early 1990's. Also, I have passion for endurance sports and it’s my turn getting the next generation excited about the possibilities in those pursuits.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Can you explain what the teams do when they get to Kansas? How many days ahead of time do they arrive? Where do they stay? Are there any social events for the teams or meetings among the coaches?

Clark Campbell: Teams usually arrive two days before. The day before we have the course open in the morning for a swim or simply see the course lay-out. In the afternoon, we make our pools available for team training. A technical meeting is held at 5 pm the day prior which acts as a social gathering. The teams stay at local hotels.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Where do you foresee this event going in 5 years, in 10 years, in 25 years?

Clark Campbell: Short term — Let’s fill the race to 70 athletes on both sides.

Mid term — 3 different championships at the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III, all at different sites.

Long term - full NCAA sponsorship.

* For additional articles on the event, read Bryn Hadley, Kansas Both Win Collegiate Titles, From Lima To Lone Star, Gustavo Gutierrez Shines, Jayhawks To Defend American College Open Water Title, and Stanislas Raczynski Back To Defend Collegiate Title.

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Avram Iancu On His 2,860 km Danube Stage Swim

Courtesy of Canah along the Danube River, Germany.

Romanian Avram Iancu completed his 2,860 km 89-day stage swim along the Danube River through Europe.

The 41-year-old librarian from Petrosani, Transylvania started his stage swim from Donaueschingen in the Black Forest in Germany and finished on Saturday, September 16th.

A report on his stage swims between Days 1-9 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims between Days 10-13 is posted here.
A report on his stage swim on Day 14 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims between Days 15-16 is posted here.
A report on his stage swim on Day 17 is posted here.
A report on his stage swim on Day 18 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims on Day 19-20 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims between Days 21-23 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims between Days 24-27 is posted here.
A report on his stage swim on Day 28 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims between Days 29-32 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims between Days 33-35 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims between Days 36-41 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims between Day 41-44 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims between Days 52-54 is posted here.
A report of his stage swims between Days 55-58 is posted here.
A report of his stage swim on Day 59 is posted here.
A report of his stage swims on Days 60-62 is posted here.
A report of his stage swims on Days 63-64 is posted here.
A report of his stage swims on Days 65-69 is posted here.
A report of his stage swim on Day 70 is posted here.
A report of his stage swims on Days 75-77 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims on Days 78-79 is posted here.
A report on his stage swim on Day 80 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims on Days 81-82 is posted here.
A report on his stage swim on Day 83 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims on Days 84-85 is posted here.
A report on his stage swims on Days 86-87 is posted here.
To follow Iancu on Facebook, visit here.

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Dina Levačič Achieves The Triple Crown

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Dina Levačič is a Croatian professional open water swimmer and a 21-year-old student from Split. She trains under the Croatian Olympic open water swimming coach, Slaven Šitić, and just completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming between June and September this summer.

She started off with a 20 Bridges Manhattan Swim in New York in 7 hours 33 minutes on June 25th.

Then she next completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel crossing in California on August 3rd in 9 hours 47 minutes. She became a Triple Crowner with an English Channel crossing on September 17th in 11 hours 42 minutes.

I am happy and proud that I have achieved my dream."

At the age of 21, she has completed at least 25 marathon swims. She was the sixth youngest swimmer in history to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming [after 16-year-old Charlotte Samuels, 17-year-old Prabhat Koli, 18-year-old Lachlan Hinds, 19-year-old Benjamin Freeman, and 20-year-old Samantha Simon].

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Chasing Amy, Where Perception And Reality Clash

Courtesy of Andrew Malinak, Northwest Open Water Swimming Association.

Among certain circles, the life of a housewife is not seen as difficult or strenuous as other walks of life or professions. The housewife is not seen as an athlete - especially one that requires grit, endurance, stamina and a rare strength of will and character.

On the other hand, a swimmer who takes over 24 hours to cross a channel or who deals with water temperatures under 10°C for hours on end is respected as a warrior - and a world-class endurance athlete.

But in the open water swimming world, stay-at-home moms with children and women without 9-to-5 jobs have long being achieving incredible feats in open bodies of water around the world.

One of the most celebrated swimming housewives in America was Amy Hiland who had a prolific career during the 1950's:

* In 1954, she completed a crossing of the Salton Sea in California in 6 hours 14 minutes at the age of 33.
* In 1954, she conceived of the Seal Beach Rough Water Swim in California together with Daisy Murchie and Mary Ann Ward.
* In 1955, she completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel in a time of 20 hours 7 minutes.
* In 1956, she completed a double crossing of the Salton Sea in California in 14 hours 57 minutes, breaking the record of Dr. Wilfred Slater.
* In 1956, she became the first woman to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca in 10 hours 51 minutes.
* In 1958, she completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel in 24 hours 25 seconds to join the 24-hour club at the age of 37.
* In 1959, she competed a 16.8 km swim across Puget Sound in 5 hours 5 minutes.

29-year-old Melissa Blaustein is on a mission to share Hiland's story and honor her legacy. "Her inspiring story should serve to inspire others in times of need," she writes in Chasing Amy, her educational and entertaining online tribute to Hiland and an colorful expression of her own journey. "Like Amy, I learned to swim in my late 20s. I had no previous athletic experience, and no swimming experience at all, but I took to cold water like a fish and have never looked back."

Her journey took her to the wild and breathtaking cold of the American northwest, 7 hours 41 minutes across the Strait of San Juan de Fuca.

Simon Dominguez was part of her crew across the Strait from Port Angeles, Washington, USA to Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada. "The water temperature ranged from a bitter 47°F (8.3°C) to 51°F (10.5°C) and the final distance swam was 11.2 miles (18 km)."

Blaustein experienced the same as Hiland did in 1956.

"I discovered Amy when I was training for my first marathon swim in the summer of 2016. I was in Port Townsend, Washington for the send off of the sailboat Race to Alaska. I was reviewing the course I got to thinking – could I swim that? It was then that I learned that Amy had been the first woman to make it across, beating out celebrity swimmer Marilyn Bell and completing it on the first try. When I learned Amy’s story, I was immediately intrigued. I have spent the months since researching her life story, her motivation, and her swims."

And so began her journey of Chasing Amy - with a twist.

"I'm using this swim to raise funds for the Houston Coalition for the Homeless, a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the development, advocacy, and coordination of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness. They have been very active in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and they deserve our support."

"Melissa has only been swimming for less than two years and was able to complete this epic swim. She also completed it in the fastest recorded time ever for a woman," described Dominguez. "I can only say that we were all astonished at was she able to achieve. As a marathon swimmer myself and Swim Commissioner at the South End Rowing Club, I can say it was amazing [crewed by Natalie Butler and Melissa Norquist of the South End Rowing Club and Andrew Malinak as her pilot]."

Like other channel swims, Blaustein had to clear the water once she reached dryland - something much easier said than done. She described her finish [shown above], "It was horrifying! I got back in the water and had to be pulled into the boat by Simon. I had absolutely nothing left after that. The currents pulled us away from our initially planned landing spot and this was the best we could do. I was clutching those rocks for dear life."

A pod of orcas were also closing in on her as she clutched onto the rocks at the finish. "I was happy to get out when I did."

For more information, visit Chasing Amy here.

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Rough Water? How Rough? This Rough?

Courtesy of Jordan Wilimovsky.

Jordan Wilimovsky Wins Fran Crippen Memorial Award

Courtesy of United States Aquatic Sports, Dallas, Texas..

At the United States Aquatic Sports annual convention, it was not surprising that Jordan Wilimovsky of Team Santa Monica won his third consecutive Fran Crippen Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year award after just missing a gold medal in the 10 km race at the 2017 FINA World Championships and winning the 10 km title at the 2017 USA Swimming Championships.

He also won the 2017 Flowers Sea Swim in the Cayman Islands and finished second in the 5 km team race with Haley Anderson, Andrew Gemmell, and Ashley Twichell at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Lake Balaton, Hungary.

It was a rebuilding and re-evaluating year for the Malibu, California native after finishing fourth in the 1500m freestyle and 5th in the 10 km marathon swim at the 2016 Rio Olympics - with the goal of medaling in both in Tokyo in 2020.

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