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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Avram Iancu, Still Swimming

Courtesy of Canah along the Danube River, Germany.

Romanian Avram Iancu continues on his stage swim of 2,860 km, forecasted to last 60 days, 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. He is now heading into Day 6 as each day is a dynamically different replication of the day before.

Day 60 on August 18th

Iancu swam 20 km today, leaving the 1000 km milestone and arriving at the 981 km one. “This milestone is very important for me. From here on, I only have hundreds of kilometres to swim, and not thousands. The water is very still, wide and deep. It feels like everyday I need to put more and more effort. Yesterday I realised I neglected drinking enough water after my teammates pointed it out. I feel dehydrated. But I got another massage today and that really does make me feel a lot better.

The distance traversed on the Danube from Day 1 to Day 60: 1,880 km

The distance remaining to be covered on the Danube: 980 km

Day 61 on August 19th

Today Iancu continued swimming through the Danube Gorge, an “extremely beautiful place” as he describes it. "Famous even before the Iron Gates dams were built due to the very intense currents on the Danube. But now that Romania built the Iron Gates I and II dams, the water is extremely still." Today, there were plenty of boats showing tourists the beauty of the gorge, resulting in huge waves on the river, similar to the situation in Budapest.

It was very hard, but also beautiful and interesting at the same time. I passed the rock sculpture of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia and a huge symbol for our nation. I received another warm welcome there and the media interviewed me again. I had a lot of pain in my arms again because of the huge waves, but I finally reached the 963 km milestone, swimming 18 km today. I have another 23 km left before I reach the dam, which I will hopefully pass tomorrow."

The kayak paddler accompanying Iancu for the last 2000 km has now forged ahead wishing to finish the length of the Danube sooner. Iancu has now been joined by another paddler who will be by his side for the last 1000 km. "I am very happy to have the support of so many people, Romanians and sponsors.

The distance traversed on the Danube from Day 1 to Day 61: 1,896 km

The distance remaining to be covered on the Danube: 964 km

Day 62 on August 20th

Iancu had his last fight with the Iron Gate I dam. “It has been so difficult. I got so much mental strength now finally moving beyond it. It has been a very strong opponent. Over the last 2.5 km, we had so much wind and huge waves. I had to make a lot of effort just to stay on the surface and not drown. But I finally passed this important stage. Tomorrow I will have to get ready for the last dam on the Danube, the Iron Gates II dam. There are another 80 km until I reach it. The water will be very still again, so I expect to continue making a huge effort for the next few days.

The distance traversed on the Danube from Day 1 to Day 62: 1,917 km

The distance remaining to be covered on the Danube: 943 km

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 swims on Day 59 is posted here.
To follow Iancu on Facebook, visit here.

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Good Times, Great Purpose At The Swim 4 Freedom

Courtesy of Steele Whowell, Swim 4 Freedom, Geneva Lake, Wisconsin.

The weather was better than ever for the 9th annual Swim 4 Freedom in Geneva Lake organized by Steele Whowell on August 6th.

"The lake was about as calm as it can get," reported Whowell. "A special thanks to Chief Master Sergeant Will Markham and Colonel Craig Brotchie for joining us this year. These gentlemen have risked their lives and sacrificed time away from family and friends to keep our country safe, and we do this event for them, for their brothers/sisters and for their families.

The event raised over US$25,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and donations are still coming in.

6 Mile Results:
1. Grant Burrall 2:29
2. Alex Knutte 2:39
3. Tom Belin 2:45
4. Paul Amundsen 2:47
5. Grant Schueneman 2:50
6. Melodee Nugent 2:52
7. Chris Steenrod 3:04
8. Chris Dosenbach 3:04
9. Tim Gaedtke 3:08
10. Emily Kraukis 3:22
11. Seth Hanson 3:24
12. John Riley 3:57
13. Arthur Bidwill 3:59
14. Joe Bidwill 4:30

3 Mile Results:
1. Steve Weytens 1:22
2. Tim Harmount 1:25
3. Jim Sorenson 1:27
4. Sean Flannery 1:27
5. Carly O'Brien 1:28
6. Lauren O/Brien 1:28
7. Randi Smith 1:33
8. Joe Hansen 1:39
9. Henrik Petersen 1:44
10. David Englund 1:50
11. Jeanne Bishop 1:52
12. Tyler Nass 1:57
13. Peter Diamond 2:23

Team 3 Mile Results
1. Team Larkin 1:19
2. Team Irish 1:26
3. Team Collins 1:33
4. Team McCreary 1:33
5. Team La Grange 1:36
6. Langelund Relay kids 1:38
7. Team G Force 1:41
8. Jorge's Donut Divers 1:41
9. Langelund Relay adults 1:43
10. Belvidere Relay 2 1:45
11. Team Lifka 1:47
12. Team Chicos 1:52
13. Belvidere Relay 1 2:06
14. Team Chum 2:14
15. Spinal Rehab Center 2:19
16. Team Richards 2:20
17. The Juice is Loose 2:23
18. Janice Zagorski, Heidi Haas Team 2:31

For more information, visit here.

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Diego López Swims Fast Around The Big Apple

Courtesy of WOWSA, Manhattan Island, New York.

Diego López Dominguez, the fastest swimmer in the weekend of 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swims described his 28.5-mile (45.8 km) circumnavigation of Manhattan Island.

The native of the Canary Islands finished in 6 hours 37 minutes, the 11th fastest circumnavigation of Manhattan Island in history and the fastest ever by a Spanish swimmer.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel during the swim?

Diego López Dominguez: I felt great throughout. We started on Mill Rock by the East Side. The day was sunny and the Harlem River was flat and very entertaining with as many as 15 bridges which I passed swimming backstroke and counting out loud with my kayaker. The Hudson was somehow choppier, but currents were strong so it didn't feel too long until we reached The Battery.

At that point, I started to have cramps and struggling with my feeds, but sighting the Brooklyn Bridge as we entered the East River, as well as passing swimmers - I had been the last one to start - was an energy booster. I also had a lot of support from back home and from other parts of the world, so it felt amazing to finish first in such a fast time.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you train for this swim?

Diego López Dominguez: I wake up at 5.30 am every morning to swim in the pool with the Bearcat Masters of New York before going to the office. On top of that, and given the cold waters of New York during winter, I have been traveling to different parts of the Caribbean Sea to take part in open water races between 4 km and 21 km since the beginning of the year.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Was there any point in the swim where you slowed down due to oncoming current?

Diego López Dominguez: According to the organizers, the currents around The Battery were strong and held me back for about 40 minutes, but I kept swimming and feeding according to my initial plan. Clearly, after swimming 28.5 miles in a little over six and half hours, currents is not something I will complain about.

He raised money and awareness for the Ocean Recovery Alliance (see here).

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Cruising Kryds Isefjorden In Denmark

Courtesy of Peter Schultz, Kryds Isefjorden, Rørvig Åbentvandsfestival, Denmark.

77 out of 97 people completed Kryds Isefjorden (Isefjord Crossing), known as Denmark toughest open water competition.

"The event was held on a day where the weather gods pulled the brake." reported organizer Peter Schultz of Nextchallenge.dk. "The conditions were really tough with strong head current and waves of up to 1 meter. Last year's male competition was won in 1 hour 32 minutes. In comparison, this year's winner, Casper Nordahl-Meyer, completed the course in 1 hours 55 minutes.

Johanne Bak, the top female, took 2 hours 25 minutes

Kryds Isefjorden is a 6 km crossing of of the largest fjord of the island of Sealand, the island of Copenhagen. It is part of the Rørvig Åbentvandsfestival and also includes a 150m kid's swim and 1.5 course.

Top 25 Results:
1 Casper Nordahl-Meyer 1:55:23 [shown above]
2 Anders Thomsen 2:01:00
3 Torben Ottosen 2:21:03
4 Tore Tvarnø Lind 2:25:53
5 Johanne Bak 2:25:58 [first woman, shown above]
6 Mette Friis-Olsen 2:26:52
7 Martin Solgaard Andersen 2:27:36
8 Erik Brandsma 2:28:30
9 Torben Persson 2:28:36
10 Frank Christoffer Nielsen 2:33:44
11 Poul Diemer-Harild 2:42:18
12 Jonas Nielsen 2:44:01
13 Niels Damkær 2:45:23
14 Brian Krogh 2:47:03
15 Ole Bisleth 2:47:29
16 Palle Schwanenflügel 2:49:18
17 Kate Worsley 2:49:51
18 Peter Conrad Holgersen 2:52:56
19 Flemming Olsen 2:53:25
20 Martin N. Andersen 2:55:04
21 Gustav Sørensen 2:55:34
22 Åge Møller 2:55:54
23 Henrik Schilling 3:02:34
24 Stefan Eydal Kristjansson 3:03:09
25 Nadja Joy 3:03:44

For more information, visit here.

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Had A Near-Death Experience? Almost Drowned?

Courtesy of International Swimming Hall of Fame, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame hosted a successful conference on Near-Death Experiences while Drowning on August 18th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Organizer Dr. Stathis Avramidis reported, "The conference raised awareness about the near-death experiences phenomenon in relation to drowning. Swimming teachers, lifeguards, head lifeguards and nurses attended the event that left everyone satisfied. In addition to the oral presentations, posters were presented about Near-Death Experiences (NDE), drowning, historical perspective, lifesaving sport and canoeing safety by scholars and aquatic professionals from the USA, Greece, Ireland and Norway.

The presentations included:

* Bruce Wigo of the International Swimming Hall of Fame talked about the importance of hosting a conference on drowning-related NDEs making reference to the non-fatal drowning of his son.

* Audrey Dalton recounted her NDE after a drowning episode at the age of 5 and the aftereffects on her life.

* Professor Janice Miner Holden, Ed.D., LPC-S, NCC, ACMHP (Professor of Counseling and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education, University of North Texas) presented an overview of 40 years of research on NDEs.

* Stathis Avramidis, Ph.D. and Officer of the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Seasonal Instructor of Applied Lifeguarding and Lifesaving Sport at the University of Athens, and the Lifesaving Sport Director, Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity, talked about the NDE Mnemonic, the NDE Protocol and the footprints of NDEs in history, Hollywood and reality.

* John Spannuth, CEO of the United States Water Fitness Association, underlined the importance of providing swimming and lifeguard lessons.

The conference yielded the following conclusions:

1. Lifeguards and other emergency or medical professionals including nurses, doctors, police, and fire department personnel should talk to their victims because even when victims are unconscious or their heart is not beating, they may be able to hear.

2. About 20% of those that survived a close brush with death (e.g. heart attack, spinal injury, drowning or any other cause of death) had an NDE. Lifeguards and other health professionals can use the NDE acronym protocol, presented at the conference, to ensure that they respond helpful, and not harmfully, to drowning survivors who had an NDE.

3. Lifeguard organizations should include in their training an awareness of drowning NDEs to arm their professionals to work effectively with near-death experiencers.

"The Rescue Protocol for Drowning Survivors with Possible Near-Death Experience provides further guidance for professionals," reiterated Dr. Avramidis. "Drowning and water-based causes of death can be prevented with appropriate education. The International Swimming Hall of Fame may play an essential role in promoting water safety by offering a related exhibition and acting as a connector of the various organizations that serve aquatic safety, lifesaving and lifeguarding across the world."

To download a free publications of the Abstracts, the Rescue Protocol, and the book Near-Death Experiences while Drowning, visit here.

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Honoring The Legacies Of Irving Davids, Roger Wheeler

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

noun - Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award is an award given by the International Swimming Hall of Fame to honor and recognize the contribution of individuals and groups making major contributions to marathon swimming.

The honor was established in 1970 by the New England Marathon Swimming Association to serve as a perpetual memorial to Irving Davids and Captain Roger Wheeler. Its recipients include:

1970 Joe Grossman, USA
1971 Gerald Forsberg, Great Britain
1972 Buck Dawson, USA
1973 Willy Van Rysel, Netherlands
1974 Jerry Nason, USA
1975 Ray Scott and Audrey Scott, Great Britain
1976 Aquatique Club Du lac St. Jean, Canada
1977 Conrad Wennerberg, USA
1978 Charles E. Silvia, USA
1979 Dennis Matuch, USA
1980-2001 Award Retired
2002 James Doty, USA
2003 British Long Distance Swimming Association, Great Britain
2004 Roger Parsons & Valerie Parsons, Great Britain
2005 Lynn Blouin, Canada
2006 Dale Petranech, USA
2007 Silvia Dalotto, Argentina
2008 Shelley Taylor-Smith, Australia
2009 Michael Read, Great Britain
2010 Christopher Guesdon, Australia
2011 Steven Munatones, USA
2012 Drury Gallagher, USA
2013 Ned Denison, Ireland
2014 Melissa Cunningham, Australia
2015 Dennis Miller, Fiji
2016 David Yudovin, USA
2017 Richard Broer, Netherlands

Captain Wheeler possessed a renowned focus on providing an open water swimming safety set in swims like the Boston Light Swim. He was also creator of the Rhode Island State Life-Saving system and is also the namesake of a state beach in Rhode Island, named after him in 1970 shortly after his death in 1969.

Davids was a professional marathon swimmer and member of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Tritons Take To The Turbulence

Courtesy of WOWSA, San Diego, California.

The men's collegiate water polo season in the United States will begin next week. The teams are all going through their ardouous Hell Weeks, training hard twice per day.

The Tritons of the University of California San Diego incorporate a lot of running and dryland training in the soft sand shores of La Jolla, San Diego and Coronado, combined with ocean swimming sets.

Led by head coach Denny Harper, their beach workouts are held Monday-Friday at Scripps Pier [shown above], Crystal Pier, Swami's Reef, Coronado, and South Mission

For more information on the UCSD Tritons, visit here.

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12 For 12 - Including Christian Ayala - Under 20 Bridges

Courtesy of New York Open Water, Manhattan Island, New York.

20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim is held multiple times in 2017, giving opportunities for as many swimmers as possible to swim 45.8 km (28.5 miles) around Manhattan Island in New York City.

The August 20th edition of 20 Bridges was the fourth of five editions in 2017 organized by New York Open Water.

The August 20th race saw all 12 entrants start and finish successfully at Mill Rock:

1. Isabel Miesner + Jeremy Whelchel (32/34) 6:49:45
2. Izebel Sierra Arenas (37) 7:10:45
3. Fernando Morthera (30) 7:13:36
4. Eduardo Porset Llantada (54) 7:14:08
5. Ana Villanueva Peñacoba (38) 7:14:08
6. Jose Ramon Sanz (50) 7:14:08
7. Christian Ayala 7:15:06
8. Eric Schall (56) 7:31:27
9. David Ryan Murua (38) 7:31:35
10. Christopher Smith (29) 7:36:58
11. Jennifer Snyder (37) 7:39:08
12. Mary Stabinsky (40) 7:56:23

Christian Ayala Espinosa of Mexico [shown below] was one of the swimmers who not only completed the 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim, but also added his name to the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming list and completed the swim to support the cancer-stricken children at the Una Nueva Esperanza Foundation.

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Diego López Wins As Kevin Cassidy, Ian Down Complete The Triple Crown

Courtesy of New York Open Water, Manhattan Island, New York.

Kevin Cassidy and Ian Down both successfully completed the August 19th edition of the 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim and added their names to the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

Joy was all around the Mill Rock finish line, from the newest Triple Crowners to the winner Diego López Dominguez [shown above] who finished in a blazing fast 6 hour 37 minute swim. It was the 11th fastest circumnavigation of Manhattan Island in history and the fastest ever by a Spanish swimmer.

August 19th Results:
1. Diego López Dominguez (36) 6:37:12
2. Ricardo Ibarra (51) 7:16:02
3. Lynton Mortensen (53) 7:18:40
4. John Batchelder (36) 7:36:30
5. David Rich (53) 7:40:24
6. Kevin Cassidy (57) 7:43:25
7. Julieanne Goode (57) 7:44:29
8. Jamie Ann Phillips (32) 7:45:18
9. Ian Down (54) 7:45:43
10. Andreas Kaubisch & David Wallman (52/51) 7:55:59
11. Guy Batchelor (44) 7:56:30
12. Roderick Smith (53) 8:02:25

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Missing Man In Marathon Found In Lake Erie

Courtesy of Miguel Vadillo, Lake Erie, Great Lakes.

Joshua Reid and Miguel Vadillo long planned and organized the inaugural 20 km Embrace the Challenge, a 20 km cross border swim across Lake Erie between Canada and the USA.

The race was originally scheduled for Saturday, August 19th, starting on the eastern Lake Erie from Sturgeon Point in New York, USA and finishing at Crystal Beach in Ontario, Canada. But the winds were too strong to hold the swim on Saturday, so the race was postponed until Sunday.

But even on race day, the wind predictions were off. "The winds were twice as strong as predicted," described Vadillo. "The winds were forecasted to be between 7-15 km per hour, but we had winds of 29-35 kph with gusts up to 40 kph."

19 swimmers (13 soloists and 6 relays) started at 8:56 am on the American side and headed to Canada's Crystal Beach escorted by motorboats and kayaks. "With the conditions, it took a long time to get all the boats ready. We knew it was a tough swim. It was not an easy one; it was doable. Bob Hayes was less than 2 km from the finish when we decided to call the race."

The race was called because of the conditions and because Canadian Michael Kelly of Cambridge had become separated from his escort crew and was nowhere to be found.

"Josh called me while I was assisting another lady and helping her as part of her crew. A rope had caught up in its propeller and we eventually pulled her out of the water and took her and her crew to the Canadian side of Lake Erie," explained Vadillo.

During this time, Michael's boat had ran out of gas. He kept on swimming and his crew told him they would catch up to him, but they lost sight of him in the 6-7 foot waves as they were refueling. "Michael is an experienced swimmer and he didn't panic. He was not frightened and he was swimming in the right direction. He was able to see the lighthouse near the finish of the race as he swam over the peaks of the waves. The waves were really rough with some big swells. He wasn't disoriented and was swimming well."

But the swimmer was still separated from his boat past the halfway point of the swim when he became separated from his safety boat. Reid called the Coast Guard as Michael kept swimming towards the finish in the 21°C water.

"During the hour of not finding him, Josh also called each escort boat and the entire flotilla turned into another search-and-rescue boat. But he was still not found after an hour."

The Coast Guard had a high-speed boat and sonar that was able to recognize the shape of the swimmer. With their technology, they were able to find him quickly.

As usual and can be expected from swimmers of different backgrounds and abilities, there were a variety of reactions due to the race cancellation. "The conditions were rough. I puked 2-3 times and even though swimmers were making progress in the water, their crews were suffering. I don't know how long it could have lasted because people were waiting for us to make decisions."

"We wanted to make history with a cross-border competition, but we found a mean wind god that made the lake angry and that made swimming very difficult for anyone. Josh and I have our deepest respect and gratitude for their participation.

We do this things because are challenging and today we were challenged and more, but we also want to be here tomorrow to tell the story. We are glad that we all made it back safe and Michael Kenny was in the best scenario possible under the circumstances: healthy, swimming with determination even without his boat and in good spirits even when we all were frightened. Kudos to all participants, officials, and crew who - without hesitation - set apart everything to go out in search of a fellow swimmer. It was very moving to see and feel that support and makes up for the disappointment of the overall result

Kenny calmly told the Buffalo News about his mindset in the turbulent conditions. "I sort of looked around and said, 'Well, I'm sure they'll catch up.' But by that time we had got so far apart and with the huge waves, I knew they couldn't see me. I couldn't go back, the waves were high. So I just kept swimming and swimming until the Coast Guard came along and told me I had to get out.".

When the Coast Guard boat came up to him in the rescue, Kelly showed the innate mindset of marathon swimmers. "In my mind the race was still on. I knew that if I got in that boat, my race was done. I wanted to stay in the water, but they wouldn't let me. I do feel responsible for all these swimmers not finishing the race. Because I was missing they called the race, and sent people out looking for me."

Solo Swimmers: *Cameron Bair, Canada
*R. Darren Osborne, Canada
*William Elgie, Canada
*Cameron Mahon, Canada
*Marcus Boyle, Canada
*Carlos Costa, Canada
*Sherri Mason, USA *Katharine Borczak, Canada
*Chris Criswick, Canada [shown above]
*Peter Carson, Canada
*Elizabeth Fry, USA *Michael Kelly, Canada
*Bob Hayes, Canada

Relay Swimmers:
*The Big Kids: Jace Dendor + Abbie Gowans + Peyton Bucknail + Diana Grant Waskawich
*4Kids4RedRoof: Noah Schouten + Leah Schouten + Everett Pritchard + Mallory Doppenberg
*Watermarks: Dawn Larson + Jennifer Gibson + Meghan Aniol + Karen Okrafka + Linda Mahood
*Ship Happens: Carmelo Morra + Kevin Searle + Derrick Butler + Tamara Chipperfield + Anne Wilkie
*ABCs: Angela Wilson + Susan Cromwell + Edward Alexander + Carley Somerset + Andrew Barnes
*Last Minute Crew: Julie Babin + David Marr + Stephanie Cholyk + Danica Vidotto

Reason for one-day delay in start.

Race start in Sturgeon Point, USA.

Michael Kelly with the legendary Marilyn Bell and Joshua Reid, co-director of the Embrace the Challenge Lake Erie 20 km.

Para-athlete Carlos Costa

The 4Kids4RedRoof team includes (left to right) 14-year-old Noah Schouten, 12-year-old Leah Schouten, 11-year-old Mallory Doppenberg, and 12-year-old Everett Prichard who raised over US$10,000 for Red Roof that provides respite care for families with members with special needs. The kids were worried they would have to give back half of the money raised because they only swan halfway.

For more information about Embrace Open Water Swimming and swimming in Lake Erie, visit here.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Rohan Demonstrates So Much More

Photos courtesy of Annie-Claude Roberge, Strait of Gibraltar, Spain to Morocco.

Rohan More has always lived his dreams.

As a child, he dreamed of completing a crossing of the English Channel.

His first major swim was a 35 swim from Dharamtar to the Gateway of India in 7 hours 29 minutes at the raw age of 11.

But by the age of 31, More has done the English Channel and so much more. Despite a busy life as a software engineer, the Indian open water swimmer from Maharashtra has completed six Oceans Seven channels and a circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island between 2014 and 2016.

He has been recognized by the World Open Water Swimming Association as the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2017 and the Marathon Swimmers Federation as a finalist for Most Impressive Overall Year in 2014.

But on August 23rd, he will receive his most prestigious award yet: the Tenzing Norgay Award by the Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The award, also known as the National Adventure Award, will be conferred upon him by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official home of the president of India in New Delhi.

More talked about his career with the Daily News of Open Water Swimming:

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What is your earliest memory of swimming?

Rohan More: I still remember those days. I was so scared of water. My mom used to take me my swim classes. And I always used to run away from pool with my coach and lifeguards running behind me. I was four years old at that time.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What was your greatest success in the sport?

Rohan More: I feel it was conquering the English Channel. Because it was not that easy for me as I had already left swimming for almost 9-10 years. In January 2014, I decided to swim the Channel and started training. I faced so many difficulties and injuries during those days. Finally in July 2014, I crossed the English Channel.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you get from that earliest memory to your greatest success?

Rohan More: This journey was very long and it was always my dream to swim the English Channel. I did my first open water crossings when I was 10. But after that with my studies and job, swimming was left behind. It took me 18 long years to achieve my dream. And that was very special one for me.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What great memories do you have of your coaches, teammates and events in the sport?

Rohan More: Firstly, during my English Channel training, I had injury in my lat muscles, so I was undergoing massage therapy. And it was so painful; I used to scream aloud and the guy used to smile back at me. Secondly, my mom used to take my trainings when I did my first crossing. Just to make me feel better, she used to walk along pool side making me more comfortable while I swam. I used to look at her during every stroke that I was taking. Thirdly, training with swimmates and especially during the night training with no lights in the pool; just getting the feel of night in the open water was always memorable. Cold water training in the North channel was very brutal. My teammates helped me a lot with getting used to it.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What most concerned or worried you during your training or swims at any level?

Rohan More: It was always cold water. I was never worried about rough seas, long distances, or even sharks. But cold water always used to make me worry as I lived India. In our part of the world, we don't have much cold so I never had that experience. So I was little scared about hypothermia.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What advice do you have for young swimmers?

Rohan More: My advice to them is always keep dreaming. Dreams do come true if you stay true to them. And there are no shortcuts to achieve your dreams. You will always need to work hard to get there. And always try to keep yourself open to learn. Never stop learning.

More has completed the following Oceans Seven crossings and marathon swims:

*English Channel in 2014 in 13 hours 13 minutes
*Catalina Channel in 2014 in 10 hours 17 minutes
*Molokai Channel in 2014 in 17 hours 28 minutes
*Tsugaru Channel in 2015 in 10 hours 37 minutes
*North Channel in 2015 in 12 hours 46 minutes
*Strait of Gibraltar in 2016 in 3 hours 56 minutes
*Dharamtar to Gateway of India to crossing in India in 1996 in 7 hours 29 minutes at the age of 11
*Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 7 hours 43 minutes in 2015

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Shoulder Strong Studzinski Succeeds

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Alexander Studzinski has experienced problems with his shoulders for a decade. His first shoulder surgery occurred in 2008, but he continued to compete on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit for years.

His latest shoulder problems began again in April 2015 as he was forced to cut back on his training and competition schedule.

But he focused on maintaining his stamina and strength and, ultimately, emerged victorious after a long period of patience and preparation at the FINA Open Water Grand Prix race in Ohrid Lake in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on August 19th. His 5 hour 15 minute 14 second victory in the 33 km Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon was as close as possible over local Macedonian hero Evgenij Pop Acev by one second and third-place Guillermo Bertola of Argentina by two seconds.

Men's Results:
1. Alexander Studzinski (Germany) 5:15:14.00
2. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia) 5:15:15.00
3. Guillermo Bertola (Argentina) 5:15:16.00
4. Edoardo Stochino (Italy) 5:15:18.00
5. Damian Blaum (Argentina) 5:15:22.00
6. Xavier Desharnais (Canada) 5:15:24.00
7. Matheus Emerim Evangelista (Brazil) 5:16:35.00
8. Bertrand Venturi (France) 5:19:20.00
9. Edouard Lehoux (France) 5:21:35.00
10. Aleksandar Ilievski (Macedonia) 5:22:13.00
11. Balaudo Aquiles (Argentina) 5:32:22.00
12. Nicolas Luciano Sequardo (Argentina) 5:47:13.00
13. Matias Diaz Hernandez (Argentina) 5:47:22.00
14. Aleksandar Pancevski (Macedonia) 6:26:20.00
DNF Marcel Schouten (Netherlands)

On the women's side, Italy went 1-2-3 as the Italian women dominated the 33 km race on Ohrid Lake

Barbara Pozzobón won in 5 hours 15 minutes 51 seconds, only 37 seconds behind the men's overall winner. Teammate Alice Franco was second in 5:16:24 with 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Martina Grimaldi in third in 5:22:20.

Women's Results:
1. Barbara Pozzobón (ITA) 5:15:51.00
2. Alice Franco (ITA) 5:16:24.00
3. Martina Grinaldi (ITA) 5:22:20.00
4. Anna Mankevich (Russia) 5:37:39.00
5. Pilar Geijo (Argentina) 5:48:07.00
6. Antonija Bulicic (Croatia) 6:14:14.00
DNF Rita Vanesa Garcia (Argentina)

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Freestyling Frazz

Courtesy of Jef Mallet, Frazz.

Jef Mallett is arguably the best known open water swimmer with the greatest media reach in America.

Although he is best known for his comic Frazz that appears in 200 newspapers worldwide, he is an enthusiastic, emerging marathon swimmer who did not finish the 2015 Boston Light Swim, but then came back strong in 2016 and successfully completed the 8-mile swim in 4 hours 18 minutes.

His comic of August 20th [shown above] is based on his first-hand experiences amid the Boston Harbor Islands.

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Time Running Out On Swim Camp Catalina

Courtesy of Scott Zornig, Santa Catalina Island, California.

There are only 9 spots left for Swim Camp Catalina IV on Santa Catalina Island in Southern California between November 9th to 12th.

Camp director Scott Zornig explains, "The price is US$395 until August 31st and increases to US$475 on September 1st.

We are also now accepting registrations for Swim Camp Mexico between March 14th to 18th 2018 in Baja California on the Sea of Cortez. This is a boutique camp limited to just 30 campers. We still have 14 openings

For more information, visit www.swimcamp.us.

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Celebration Of Success In Gloucester Harbor

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In 1979, four Cape Ann residents swam across Gloucester Harbor in protest of its polluted status. This evolved into an annual Audubon Society-sponsored event to help raise funds for cleaning the harbor (Swim for a Clean Harbor).

By 1993, the harbor was deemed clean by the Audubon Society, leading to honor their efforts and begin the Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim.

The annual 1.2-mile open water event is now sponsored by New England Open Water Swimming Association (NEOWSA), formerly New England Marathon Swimming Association.

Guy Davis said, "It is a fun swim in a nice venue with a good crowd and unique prizes."

Top 10 Bioprene Results:
1. Graham Lott 29:28 (22)
2. Richard Starace 31:38 (54)
3. Kaitlin Patt 32:25 (13) First Woman
4. Ginger Howell 32:53 (31) Second Woman
5. Sally Szydziak 34:28 (15) Third Woman

Top 10 Neoprene Results:
1. Ethan Saulnier 24:24 (47)
2. Guy Davis 24:49 (58)
3. Hannah Perkins 25:38 (13)
4. Kirk Larsen 26:00 (40)
5. Nicholas Thompson 27:03 (26)

Co-event director Dave Swensen shown above with his long board.

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Neptune's Daughter Made A Splash In California

Courtesy of Oceanic Society, Farallon Islands, California.

In the March 1917 to February 1918 edition of Mind And Body, A Monthly Journal Devoted to Physical Education (Volume XXIV), a young 18-year-old nurse named Hazel Cunningham was touted as an outstanding San Francisco Bay area swimmer.

Her nickname was Neptune's Daughter according to the Pacific Coast Journal of Nursing (January 1921 edition) as she trained at the South End Rowing Club starting at the age of 14 and she became the first woman to swim a roundtrip course across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay from Fort Point to Lime Point in 1917. The two-way crossing took 1 hour 35 minutes.

She also made two attempts at swimming from Antelope Island to Black Rock in the Great Salt Lake in May and June 1936. She reportedly completed a 22-mile 7 hour 22 minute swim across the Great Salt Lake in Utah in 1938.

She later planned at least two channel swims from the Farallon Islands to the California mainland. The first was in November 1939 at the age of 40 and then a second attempt was made in October 1949 at the age of 50.

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Like Father, Like Son In Waikiki Roughwater Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Father Martyn Southall and son Reece Southall are all set to go mano-a-mano against the best ocean swimmers in the Pacific Ocean at the annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Honolulu, Hawaii.

17-year-old surf lifesaving Reece is coached by Brendan Capell, the 2004 FINA 25 km world champion) and has won numerous events around the Pacific Rim from the 17.5 km Epic Swim in Lake Taupo, New Zealand and the 15 km Pacific Open Water Challenge in Samoa to the 3 km Bay Break in Australia and the 3-time Samoa Swim Series champion.

The Brisbane duo are ready to sprint 3.8 km across Waikiki Bay, especially since the 50-year-old father recently finished his first 10 km event – The Jubilee River Swim. Wife and mother Jo Southall says with her son and husband in the event, "They have the field covered: One towards the front and one towards the back."

For more information on the 48th annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim, visit here.

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Swell: A Waterbiography By Jenny Landreth

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Jenny Landreth spends time writing and researching about swimming for her books and The Swimming Blog in the Guardian.

She recently authored Swell: A Waterbiography.

Bloomsbury Publishing describes Swell, "These days, swimming may seem like the most egalitarian of pastimes, open to anyone with a swimsuit – but this wasn't always the case. In the 19th century, swimming was exclusively the domain of men, and access to pools was a luxury limited by class. Women were (barely) allowed to swim in the sea, as long as no men were around, but even into the 20th century they could be arrested and fined if they dared dive into a lake. It wasn't until the 1930s that women were finally, and reluctantly, granted equal access. This is the story of the women who made that possible, a thank-you to the fearless 'swimming suffragettes' who took on the status quo, fought for equal access, and won.

Part social history, part memoir, Swell uncovers a world of secret swimming in the face of these exclusions and shines a light on the 'swimming suffragettes'. It celebrates some amazing achievements, some ridiculous outfits and some fantastic swimmers who challenge the stereotypes of what women are capable of. It's also the story of how Jenny eventually came to be a keen swimmer herself.

Swell is a joyful hymn to the sport and an exploration of why swimming attracts so many women. Ultimately, it is a book dedicated to our brilliant swimming foremothers who collectively made it possible for any woman to plunge in with alacrity, anywhere we choose

For more information on Swell: A Waterbiography, visit here.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

30th Sri Chinmoy Marathon Swim Lake Zürich

Courtesy of Vasanti Niemz, Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, Switzerland.

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Swim (International Self-Transcendence Marathon-Schwimmen) in Switzerland's Lake Zürich celebrated its 30th edition on August 6th.

91 swimmers from 17 countries challenged themselves to the 26.4 km course, either as a soloist or relay team member.

Vasanti Niemz reports, "A family from Denmgad, a village in Hampshire, England, trained at the Havant + Waterlodville Swimming Club, wrote swimming history this weekend, when it crossed the finish line as the winning team in the non-wetsuit category in 7 hours 24 minutes. Father John inspired his 15-year-old son Ben and his 19-year-old son Jack to compete with him.

The fastest solo swimmers among the 39 competitors were Rumanian Paul Eugen Dorin Georgescu [shown above] who won in 7 hours 11 minutes and Jenny Zwijnen [shown on left], a British mother of twins from Crewe, Great Britain, with a time of 7 hours 44 minutes.

Swimming families have a tradition at the event. Aunt Katharina, nephew Gion Braun from Switzerland finished the swim in 9 hours 37 minutes and a team consisting of a brother Mark Button, sister Juliet Flamand, husband Philippe Flamand finished 4th (wetsuit division) in 8 hours 21 minutes.

The oldest participant in the race was the 78-year-old American Ralph Brott who finished in a duo team in 10 hours 8 minutes.

The race has been organized annually since 1987 by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team and was inspired by meditation master and peace philosopher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007)

Since 2002 the main organizers are Pradeepta Bürgisser and Vallabha René Kaul.

60-year-old Vasanti Niemz completed her 8th career Sri Chinmoy Marathon Swim, finishing third in the masters women's bioprene division. She described the conditions, "The forecast was for thunderstorms and lightning – but at the end, the weather behaved very nicely for the swimmers from Ukraine, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Canada, USA, Australia, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain.

Only one time in 30 years has the swimming distance been shortened due to conditions (strong winds at the start), but right from the start at 7 am from the lido in Rapperswil, the atmosphere on the lake was extremely peaceful with calm waters most of the way, except for the choppier last 3 km and much less boat traffic than usual, probably due to the bad weather forecast and overcast skies with some rain later on.

The water temperature was a nice 22°C even where the ferries at the halfway point in Meilen churned up the water, only going down a little in the second half. But then the air warmed up from 18°C in the morning to 23°C around noon, and the currents after a few days of rainfall seemed to help the swimmers, plus some southerly winds towards the end. Even cloudy skies most of the way prevented sunburns

Of the 39 solo starters including all bioprene and neoprene swimmers, 36 finished successfully including Emma France [shown above with Vasanti Niemz] and Sakura Adams [shown below] who brought her newly born baby with her and her husband Nick Adams, competing only a few months after giving birth.

"A special guest was ultra marathon runner-turned-Ironman triathlete-turned-marathon swimmer Stutisheel Lebedev from the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in the wetsuit category, becoming the first Ukranian to finish in 9 hours 53 minutes."

Niemz continued on, explaining how the 26.4 lake swim came into being. "Back in 1986, after the first two successful English Channel swims by members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in 1985, a number of teammates failed at the English Channel among them Praphulla Nocker.

Deeply disappointed, she went back to Zürich and decided to swim the length of Lake Zürich instead. Arriving at the other end she was still not exhausted, so she decided to turn back. The idea to organise this swim for the public, followed inspired by Sri Chinmoy and supported by her Swiss teammates, the new Rapperswil-Zurich Lake Marathon swim was founded in 1987 – after the Swiss company Bio-Strath had organized a marathon race with 9 swimmers back in 1969 for the first time.

Over the course of the history of the race, marathon swimming luminaries like Alison Streeter, Michael Reed, Christopher Wandratsch, Susie Maroney, Mohammed Marouf (1993), Sally Minty-Gravett, Lyndon Dunsbee and Bridget Young (1987), Tammy van Wisse (1990), John van Wisse (1992), Chris Stockdale (1993), Karteek Clarke (1998), Cliff Golding and Beat Knechtle (2003), Jane Murphy (2007), Ned Denison, Mark Bayliss and Jim Boucher (2008), Sylvain Estadieu (2009), Bruno Dobelmann (2009), Anna-Carin Nordin (2011), Bruno Baumgartner (2012), Andre Wiersig, Roger Finch, Barbara Held (USA) and Patti Bauernfeind (2013), Nathalie Pohl and Graeme Schlachter /Zimhippo (2014), Andreas Fath and Margit Bohnhof (2015) have completed the Zürich lake swim. For swimmers around the world, it has become a great training swim in preparation of the English Channel. In the early years, the swim was particularly popular with the Indian community, until in 2002 we decided to apply English Channel rules requiring a minimum age of 16 years to enter for safety reasons.

Participation is limited by the number of boats available on Lake Zürich. Swimmers bringing their own kayak and helpers are always welcome

Full Individual Results
Men's Main Class (16-49 years):
Record: Maarouf Mohamed (Egypt) in 1993, 5 hours 51 minutes 41 seconds
1. Paul Eugen Dorin Georgescu (1978 from Bucharest, Romania) 7:11:37
2. Alexander Begg (1989 from London, Great Britain) 7:39:58
3. Andrea Marcato (1982 from Oberenstringen, Italy) 7:43:23
4. Greg Maitinsky (1976 from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) 8:14:07
5. Victor Galve Ruiz (1973 from Castellar del Valles, Spain) 8:38:27
6. Anthony Plant (1980 from Nottingham, Great Britain) 8:41:34
7. Jonathan O Regan (1974 from Sandycove, Ireland) 9:17:47
8. Michal Garbacki (1980 from Poznan, Poland) 9:19:47
9. Raphaël De Bièvre (1976 from Bornem, Belgium) 9:50:01
10. Lapo Sarfatti (1975 from Milano, Italy) 9:58:22
11. Andre Roberts (1994 from Tewkesbury, Great Britain) 10:08:37
12. Tom Rutter (1976 from Bristol, Great Britain) 11:18:37

Men's Masters (over 50 years):
Record: Ned Denison (Ireland) in 2008, 7 hours 36 minutes 13 seconds
1. Buguslaw Wozniak (1959 from Warsaw, Poland) 8:21:25
2. James Penrose (1952 from London) 9:31:41
DNF Peter Hücker (1957 from Igensdorf, Germany)

Men's Main Class with wetsuit (16-49 years):
Record: Roland Denzler (Switzerland) in 1990, 6 hours 20 minutes 0 seconds
1. Pataka Spacek (1972 from Prague, Czech Republic) 9:06:02
2. Michael Thurner (1974 from Zell, Austria) 9:06:39
3. Stutisheel Oleg Lebedev (1970 from Kiev, Ukraine) 9:53:27
DNF Nicolas Caprez (1991 from Zug, Switzerland)

Men's Masters with wetsuit (over 50 years):
Record: Steffen Hartig (Germany) in 2016, 6 hours 43 minutes 22 seconds
1. Nigel Woods (1962 from Olney City, Great Britain) 7:29:47
2. Barry Adams (1955 from Ringwood, Great Britain) 7:33:46
3. Jörg Schleibaum (1964 from Frauenfeld, Germany) 8:52:18
4. Eric Moris (1963 from Testelt, Belgium) 9:06:27
5. Michael Jones (1961 from Swansea, Great Britain) 10:32:00

Women's Main Class (16-49 years):
Record: Krüger Nadja (Switzerland) in 2001, 5 hours 59 minutes 43 seconds
1. Jenny Zwijnen (1981 from Crewe, Great Britain) 7:44:52
2. Katrin Walter (1978 from Buttikon, Germany) 7:52:18
3. Sakura Adams (1982 from Windsor, Great Britain) 8:22:45
4. Janina Dowding (1974 from Tunbridge, Great Britain) 8:33:27
5. Anna Ploszajski (1991 from London, Great Britain) 9:13:33
6. Gwendalyn Selo Skingley (1982 from Shortstown, Great Britain) 9:30:50
7. Claire Angyal (1984 from Australia/Hungary) 9:33:01
8. Jacqueline Kempfer (1978 from Marburg, Germany) 10:29:59
9. Emma France (1968 from Woking, Great Britain) 10:44:54

Women's Masters (over 50 years):
Record: Anna DeLozier (USA) in 2016, 7 hours 39 minutes 59 seconds
1. Rebecca Stewart (1967 from London, Great Britain) 8:11:09
2. Jane Bloore (1966 from Ashtead, Surrey, Great Britain) 9:39:56
3. Vasanti Niemz (1956 from Heidelberg, Germany) 10:25:58

Women's Main Class with wetsuit (16-49 years):
Record: Sigloch Anja (Germany) in 2011, 6 hours 56 minutes 57 seconds
1. Barbara Held (1972 from Schwäbisch, Austria) 8:59:11

Women's Masters with wetsuit (over 50 years):
Record: McInnis Jillian (Canada) in 2017, 9 hours 29 minutes 6 seconds
1. Jillian McInnis (1957 from Vancouver, Canada) 9:29:06

Relay results are posted here.

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Nathan Payas Just Never Knows, But Gets The Job Done

Courtesy of Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, Catalina Channel, California.

Channel swimmers just never know.

Is the water going to be turbulent or tranquil? Will they encounter jellyfish and sharks or not? Will they hit cold spots or will the conditions become foggy?

British swimmer Nathan Payas from Gibraltar knows the different extremes.

Earlier this year, he completed a tough 9 hour 48 minute two-way crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar in turgid conditions in June while he had to face 3-5 foot seas in the Pacific Ocean for the first part of his Catalina Channel crossing on August 11th.

But the seas laid down by 2 am during his midnight crossing from Santa Catalina Island and he was able to complete his swim in 9 hours 34 minutes, becoming the first Gibraltarian to swim the Catalina Channel.

His English Channel crossing took 9 hours 13 minutes last year; it seems he has something about 9-hour crossings.

Upper photo of Payas completing a two-way crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar by Ariella Payas. Lower photo of Payas completing a crossing of the Catalina Channel by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.

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