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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ashley Twichell Featured In Swimming World Biweekly

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Recently back in North Carolina off of her dominating victory at the 10 km USA Swimming Open Water National Championships, Ashley Twichell is featured on the cover of this month's issue of Swimming World Biweekly.

Download the free issue here.

Interested readers can also download a PDF of all past issues of Swimming World Biweekly from 2015, 2016 and 2017 at the same link.

Swimming World Magazine columnists David Rieder and Taylor Brien covered the recent 5 km and 10 km junior and senior races at the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in full detail in this issue of Swimming World Biweekly.

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Sin And Lam Win Hong Kong 10 km Championships

Hong Kong 10 km Championships from Ken Thorley.

The HKASA Hong Kong 10 km Championships were held in a protected Bay at Tai Mei Tuk. Both the men and women started together.

The course comprised 6 x 1.7 km laps in clear 25°C (77°F) water with calm conditions until the final lap when the wind came up and made conditions quite choppy.

Most of the swimmers stayed as a group for the first 3 laps, led by Australian age silver medallist Bill Thorley, Hui Chun Hin, and eventual winner Keith Sin.

Early in the race, Sunny Poon, who won 5 km The DWB two weeks ago, was in last position, almost 25 meters from the leaders.

In the second half of the race, the pace quickened as Sin, Jeffrey Wong, and last year’s winner Singha Chau broke away while Poon made a great run through the field to be sitting in the lead pack of four. The eventual top three broke away, leaving Chau, Hui, and Thorley as chasers, with last year’s runner-up, Keith Sin proving too good in the final 400 meters.

In the women’s race, eventual second place swimmer Wong Cho Ying led in the first half of the race over 2015 winner Kwok Cho Yiu, with winner Nikita Lam sitting patiently in third place. Lam, who had won the women’s section of The DWB 2 weeks earlier, surged to the lead in the final 5 km, winning by 31 seconds over Wong.

The results were a huge success for the Tai Po Swimming Club and coach Lai Ming, which produced the second- and third-placed swimmers in the men’s race, and first- and third-place in the women’s race.

Men's Results 10 km Race
1. Keith Sin 1:51:46
2. Jeffrey Wong 1:52:02
3. Sunny Poon 1:52:13
4. Singha Chau 1:54:12
5. Hui Chun Hin 1:54:25
6. Bill Thorley 1:54:50
7. Law Lok Yin 1:55.25
8. Yau Chung Kiu 1:56:16
9. Kwan Ka Lung 1:56:18
10. Chan Tsz Hin 1:56:45
11. Tsang Tsz Ho 1:57:45
12. Lam Chak Fung 1:58:49
13. Yan Tsz Yeung 2:00:57
14. Ronny Chan 2:01:16
15. Bryan Leung 2:01:52
16. Chan Yin Kwan 2:04:37
17. Cheung Siu Hang 2:07:47
DNF Chow Man Tik
DNF Lam Chun Kit
DSQ Chan Tsz Kit

Women's Results 10 km Race
1. Nikita Lam 1:55:53
2. Wong Cho Ying 1:56:24
3. Kwok Cho Yiu 1:57:49
4. Hanna Li 2:01:33
5. Ho Sheung Wai 2:03:32
6. Wong Ching Lam 2:07:44
DNF Leung Ching In
DSQ Chui Tak Yi

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Nicole Piha Helping Around The Globe In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The disciplines of open water swimming, ice swimming, marathon swimming and channel swimming depends on the goodwill and volunteer efforts of observers, escort crew and coaches like Nicole Piha.

Piha is from Thabazimbi, South Africa, but currently lives in Sydney, Australia. Besides her own running and open water career, she also serves in a variety of roles in the English Channel, Robben Island in South Africa, Manhattan Island in America, and swims all over her adopted Australia.

Piha has served as an observer during 15 Robben Island crossings, crewed on 7 English Channel crossings, 2 Manhattan Island Marathon Swims, 2 Catalina Channel crossings, Molokai Channel crossings, Roger Finch and four other's Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming journey, served as a second for Wyatt Song's Ice Mile in Australia, and at the Vlad Swim Cold Water Camp.

"I do a lot of travel for swimming and will be in the UK in September for swims so I can serve on English Channel crossings too."

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Once You Hit The Wall, You Can Go Further

Courtesy of Infinity Channel Swimming, Carlingford Lough, Ireland.

"One of the toughest, most selfless swims that I had the honor to witness was at the Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany in 2-3°C water," recalled Steven Munatones. "Pádraig Mallon swam stroke-for-stroke with Milo McCourt in the 1 km event for moral support. Both men were total grit; just tough as nails.

Pádraig was simply not going to leave Milo's side and he stayed in despite the freezing cold conditions

It is that kind of intensity, experience, coaching and support that Pádraig and his team at Infinity Channel Swimming offer to open water swimmers around the world at the 4-day intense endurance training program over the HITtheWALL Open Water Swim Weekend in Carlingford Lough, Ireland between May 26th - 29th.

"HITtheWALL is a four-day training weekend for all abilities from open water beginners to channel and marathon swimmers. You can take what you want from HITtheWALL. As a beginner, you will gain confidence in a safe, controlled environment. As a more advanced swimmer, HITtheWALL will push you physically and mentally," explains Mallon.

"Open water swimming is not only about physical ability, that’s why at the HITtheWALL weekend we also look in more detail at the participants' mental ability. The HITtheWALL experienced crew will pull you through the darkest moments of these amazing adventures in the water.

We will take you to your limits and then look for more, when you think you have none left. Join us as life begins outside your comfort zone

Flotation devices are worn on all swims and an adventure light with glow sticks is worn for night swimming. An infinity yellow BEYOND YOUR LIMITS HITtheWALL silicone swim cap will indicate to the coaches and crew that these swimmers are willing to be pushed at all stages during the weekend. "You can hand your hat back at any stage if you want."

All swimming venues and start positions are weather wind and tidal dependent and may change up to one hour prior to the swim start. "The start time means toes in water when you are suited and greased ready to go. If you are late, you do not swim as rescue cover is supplied to suit a group start time. If you require your feed at 30-minute intervals, we advise you to purchase an infinity hydration float – this is a safety buoy and hydration storage all in one."

For more information, visit www.infinitychannelswimming.com. The itinerary is here.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Swim Across Corinth Canal

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In 2005, Hungarian marathon swimmer Attila Manyoki and his Greek swimming buddy Giannis Kotsiopoulos and two members of the Leandros Swim Club pioneerd the first 6 km crossing of the Corinth Canal.

"We were the first solo swimmers who completely swam across the Corinth Canal," explains Manyoki. "Kotsiopoupou was the organizer and one of the swimmers. All the Greek swimmers was engineers and I was the Hungarian representative. It was the centenary anniversary to open the channel. Hungarian engineers made it and that's why they wanted me to swim with them. After the swim, we left to the Hungarian engineers monument where the Hungarian ambassador and the president of the channel were also present."

By 2012, Apostolos Tsagarakis, a two-time Olympic swimmer, started the Masters Dream Camp as well as three different Lake and Open Water Swimming Trips in Epidavros and Loutraki, Greece.

These events were targeted at swimmers of any level or individuals who relish adventure in calm, beautiful settings.

These three swims in Epidavros and Loutraki offered open water swimmers from around Europe and various locations around the world a 3-day menu of options (see here): a lake swim in Vouliagmeni Lake, a gulf swim in Ancient Epidavros in the middle of the blue Saronic Gulf, and the open water swim near the ruins of the famous sanctuary of Hera.

The 3-night, 4-day camp showcased three swims of equal distance: 2.2 km. The first swim is in Vouliagmeni, a lake that is described as a region of rare natural beauty. On the second swim, swimmers traverse through the Corinth Canal (see photo above) and along the coast in the Corinthian Gulf. On the last swim, swimmers enjoyed a swim towards the ancient ruins of Heraʼs Temple near one of the oldest operational stone lighthouses on Cape of Heraion.

Now in 2017, the second annual Swim Across Corinth Canal is a 6 km open water swimming competition in Greece.

The Corinthian Isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects mainland Greece with the Peloponnese while the canal that has been opened joins the Saronic Gulf with the Corinthian Bay. The canal crosses a straight line the Corinthian Isthmus in length 6,346 meters. The width is between 21.3 and 24.6 meters while the depth varies between 7.50 - 8 meters.

Swimmers have to navigate the prevailing sea currents that usually change direction every six hours. The usual flow runs at 2.5 knots and rarely exceed 3 knots. The narrowness of the canal limits each start heat to 50 swimmers. Heats start every 2 minutes with a maximum time limit of 4 hours.

The history of the canal is described here.

For more information on the event in September, see here and its Facebook page.

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It's David Heron's Lake In The 5K

Courtesy of USA Swimming, Castaic Lake, California.

After his dominating 10 km performance during this past weekend's USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships, Jordan Wilimovsky decided to skip the 5 km race two days later at Castaic Lake in Southern California.

This opened up the competition to his American rivals, both his junior (David Heron from the University of Tennessee) and his senior (Andrew Gemmell formerly of the University of Georgia).

The American duo made an exciting game of it after dropping the lead pack that included three foreign swimmers (Caleb Hughes, Tony Robinson and Eric Hedlin) and two younger ones (18-year-old Taylor Abbott and 17-year-old Michael Brinegar).

Unlike his more strategic pattern in Friday's 10 km race, Heron decided to forge into an early lead and challenge his competitors to keep up. Gemmell, whose 10 km race was wrapped in controversy (see here), ultimately chased him down, but came up just three tenths of a second short.

Official Results:
1. David Heron 57:25.75
2. Andrew Gemmell 57:26.08
3. Caleb Hughes (Great Britain) 57:28.35
4. Tony Robinson (Great Britain) 57:28.88
5. Eric Hedlin (Canada) 57:29.04
6. Taylor Abbott 57:35.32
7. Michael Brinegar 57:38.02
8. Chip Peterson 57:39.48
9. Chris Yeager 57:39.82
10. Aaron Apel 57:40.49
11. Chris Deegan (Australia) 57:41.80
12. Simon Huitenga (Australia) 57:42.21
13. Brendan Casey 57:46.04
14. Brennan Gravley 57:48.19
15. Simon Lamar 57:52.14
16. Chris Bready 57:55.31
17. Taylor Delk 57:55.40
18. True Sweetser 57:57.98
19. Richard Weinberger (Canada) 57:59.36
20. Sam Rice 58:06.31
21. T.C. Smith 58:06.85
22. Philippe Guertin (Canada) 58:12.34
23. Carter Grimes 58:14.69
24. Taylor Uselis 58:16.45
25. Ivan Puskovitch 58:17.23
26. Ben Lawless 58:18.91
27. Joseph Gutierrez 58:32.60
28. Blake Manganiello 1:00:03.81
29. Tyler Jones 1:01:01.13
30. Ford Blaylock 1:02:50.16
31. Chris Balbo 1:02:50.38
32. Alex Robinson 1:03:04.87
33. Marcelo Fi Gueiredo 1:03:14.54
34. Kevin Chao 1:03:24.39
35. Matthew Hillmer 1:03:25.31
36. Christopher Mykkanen 1:03:27.43
37. Ian Bidwell 1:04:05.02
38. Clark Wakeland 1:04:19.24
39. Brody Lewis 1:04:21.52
40. Dylan Keer 1:06:06.81
DNF Matteo Sogne

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1-2 USA Déjà Vu With Haley Anderson And Ashley Twichell

Courtesy of USA Swimming, Castaic Lake, California.

Of the top 20 finishers, 12 women were foreign visitors to this past weekend's USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships at Castaic Lake in Southern California.

But the race also solidified the dominance of Haley Anderson and Ashley Twichell among the American women.

While Anderson swam strategically and sprinted well to beat a pair of top Italians in Sunday's 5 km race (Rachele Bruni and Arianna Bridi), Twichell swam exceedingly strong in last Friday's 10 km race over second-place Anderson. The pair will go on to Hungary this summer to represent the USA in the 2017 FINA World Championships. They will not only face each other again for the innumerable time in their pool and open water swimming career, but will also be able to see where they stand among the world's best in Lake Balaton.

On the domestic side, Anderson's Trojan Swim Club teammate Becca Mann finished as the third American in both the 5 km and 10 km races. In both events, Mann was in the lead pack and just barely missed out on capturing a spot in the world championship 5 km and 10 km races - leaving her the option to represent her home country in the 25 km.

Official Results:
1. Haley Anderson 1:01:52.23
2. Rachele Bruni (Italy) 1:01:53.80
3. Arianna Bridi (Italy) 1:01:55.06
4. Ashley Twichell 1:05:55.87
5. Becca Mann 1:01:57.36
6. Martina De Memme (Italy) 1:01:58.22
7. Kareena Lee (Australia) 1:02:12.31
8. Alice Dearing (Great Britain) 1:02:12.77
9. Joy Field 1:02:13.81
10. Danielle Huskisson (Great Britain) 1:02:14.20
11. Samantha Arevalo (Ecuador) 1:02:19.19
12. Stephanie Horner (Canada) 1:02:21.32
13. Barbara Pozzobon (Italy) 1:02:22.79
14. Isabella Rongione (Italy) 1:02:22.83
15. Eva Fabian 1:02:22.86
16. Alice Franco (Italy) 1:02:23.00
17. Kensey McMahon 1:02:34.73
18. Katy Campbell 1:03:23.37
19. Cathryn Salladin 1:03:24.00
20. Jade Dusablon (Canada) 1:03:35.77
21. Heidi George 1:03:43.94
22. Breanne Siwicki (Canada) 1:04:23.99
23. Chase Travis 1:04:35.24
24. Gabrielle Kopenski 1:04:41.48
25. Erica Sullivan 1:04:57.57
26. Bayley Frierson 1:05:01.18
27. Caitlin Daday 1:05:02.37
28. Ashlyn Fiorilli 1:05:05.79
29. Mackenzie Arens 1:05:10.62
30. Sara Wanasek 1:05:14.89
31. Hayley Hill 1:05:16.45
32. Hanna Huston 1:05:18.08
33. Reese Lamph 1:05:31.92
34. Jordan Anderson 1:05:33.18
35. Kat Wickham 1:05:33.21
36. Rocky Laabs 1:05:34.61
37. Kaitlynn Sims 1:05:38.18
38. Eliot Kennedy 1:05:40.53
39. Mckenzee Gordon 1:06:16.09
40. Mariah Denigan 1:06:20.31
41. Sarah Nowaski 1:06:21.42
42. Sam Milewski 1:06:22.73
43. Abbey Erwin 1:06:25.52
44. Victoria McCullough 1:06:27.94
45. Morgan Johnson 1:06:28.74
46. Mary Margaret Banick 1:06:30.18
47. Claire Therien 1:06:30.41
DNF Sidney Kennedy

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Logistics And Organization Of The Volga Swim

Courtesy of Alexander Bazanov, Volga Swim, Russia.

Alexander Bazanov organized several running events and several small open water swimming competitions before he set about to manage a large international race, the Volga Swim in Russia.

"In 2016, we had 400 swimmers in the race where they crossed a wide river with a strong current. The field was separated into three heats that started from three different points and finished in one location. This year, we received 1,200 registrations in two months before the race making The Volga Swim the biggest open water event in Russia."

Bazanov believes his experience could be useful for race organizers who start off like he did with some smaller swims with the goal to organize a larger one.

"Safety is always the #1 priority for us especially because of difficult swimming conditions and the large number of swimmers. We test the route always by ourselves to check how exactly the river current works when we swim in the average pace of 20-22 minutes per km. Based on this test, we plan the benchmarks and control marks of two types - which we simply recommend and which are strictly forbidden to cross and where we remove a swimmer from the distance.

At the pre-start briefing, we give two instructions: how to get to the finish using our benchmarks and how to behave if swimmer feels badly or sees that somebody else has a problem.

We do not practice mass starts for groups of more than 100-200 swimmers. This exact number depends on the width of the beach.

Also, personal swimming buoys are strictly required for everyone swimming all the distances. We provide these buoys to each swimmer.

For beginners, we have several distances. The most attention is required during the shortest one because a lot of beginners take part. So we prefer to limit the quantity of swimmers there and double the attention.

Logistics is another issue. With many people involved, the event becomes more of a logistical challenge. Where is everyone positioned before and after the start? Where can the swimmers change out of and into their clothes, where do the swimmers, volunteers, staff, and spectators park, how do we transport them to or from the start or in the middle of the course if necessary, how many toilets do we need, and how much time will take for all the operations to be conducted? These kinds of logistics should be all calculated

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Swim From The Heart In Haifa

Courtesy of Ori Sela, Haifa, Israel.

On June 2nd, Ori Sela is hosting the second annual Swim from the Heart in Haifa Bay, Israel.

Sela explains, "Swim from the Heart raises awareness and critical research funds to predict and prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD) in children and young adults. SCD is a major cause of natural cause of death worldwide.

Last year in our inaugural event, 650 swimmers took part in the swim. We expect a similar number of swimmers this year with 10 swimmers coming from the Unites States.

Rambam Health Care Campus has created a week full of amazing experiences and trips for these swimmers who will travel such a long way to help raise awareness and funds for this important cause

For more information, visit here. The event has already raised US$42,712 of its stated goal of US$200,000. The schedule is as follows:

May 30th: Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv check-in

May 31st: Drive to Jaffa for a city tour of Tel Aviv and an afternoon warm-up sea swim and welcome dinner

June 1st: Travel to the northern coastal city of Netanya for special Water World swimming session with Ori Sela. Travel to Caesarea, a port city on the Mediterranean Sea to tour ruins and sites in the ancient town. Travel to Haifa for another welcome swim.

June 2nd: Head to start of the 7.6 km, 4.5 km, 1 km swims on Dado Beach, followed by a traditional Jewish Shabbat dinner at Dan Carmel Hotel. Heat 1 of 7.6 km is for highly experienced swimmers 16 years and older. Heat 2 of 4.5 km is for experienced swimmers 14 years and older. Heat 3 of 2.6 km is for above average amateur swimmers 13 years and older. Heat 4 of 1 km is for amateur swimmers 12 years and older.

June 3rd: Tour Nazareth in the Galilee region and Yardenit along the Jordan River. Travel to swim in the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) and visit Capernaum.

June 4th: Travel to the Dead Sea and Jerusalem.

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Pat Gallant-Charette is Cooking

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

66-year-old Pat Gallant-Charette just completed a 23 hour 54 minute crossing of the 26-mile (42 km) Molokai Channel from Molokai Island to Oahu en route quest to complete the Oceans Seven.

Since 2008, she has now completed crossings of the English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel, and Molokai Channel with one more channel to go: the Cook Strait, a swim that she first attempted in 2014.

The retired nurse from Maine will describe her adventure on her website shortly.

Like Penny Palfrey (Australia), Stephen Junk (Australia), Rohans More (India), and Antonio Argüelles (Mexico), Gallant-Charette is right at the edge of completing the Oceans Seven.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Traditions Begin And Continue In The Open Water

Courtesy of @USASwimLive on Castaic Lake, California.

It is not often that a team in the middle of a desert develops a strong open water swimming program and mindset, but the Sandpipers of Nevada are being pushed and motivated by coach Ron Aitken.

All the long hours and miles and months of hard work paid off today.

Erica Sullivan of the Sandpipers of Nevada won the women’s 5 km USA Swimming Junior National Open Water Championships with a dominating time of 1:05.19.9.

Nicole Salladin of FAST Swim Team finished second with a 1:06.05.2 and Mackenzie Arens of Academy Bullets grabbed third overall with a 1:06.29.1.

Girls Results:
1. Erica Sullivan (Sandpipers of Nevada) 1:05.19.9
2. Nicole Salladin (FAST Swim Team) 1:06.05.2
3. Mackenzie Arens (Academy Bullets) 1:06.29.1
4. Shayla Erickson (Irvine Novaquatics) 1:07.25.6
5. Reese Hazan (Sandpipers of Nevada) 1:07.28.4
6. Maddi Johnson (Mako Swim Team)1:07.34.7
7. Rachel Sabotin (Club Olympia) 1:07.56.0
8. Alexandra Crisera 1:08.06.9 (Beach Cities Swimming)

Meanwhile on the boys' side, Noah Brune of the traditional open water swimming powerhouse Mission Viejo Nadadores, coached by USA Swimming Olympic marathon swimming coach Bill Rose, outlasted a pair of Sandpipers of Nevada swimmers Brennan Gravely and Joseph Gutierrez.

Boys Results:
1. Noah Brune (Mission Viejo Nadadores) 1:01:27.1
2. Brennan Gravely (Sandpipers of Nevada) 1:01:42.6
3. Joseph Gutierrez (Sandpipers of Nevada) 1:01:43.7
4. Thomas Bretzmann (North Carolina Aquatics) 1:02:27.8
5. Danny Berlitz (Parkland Aquatic Club) 1:02:28.1
6. Connor Daniels (Davis Aquadarts Racing) 1:03:35.5
7. Brandon Samaniego (Irvine Novaquatics) 1:03:37.3
8. Alexander Webster (Sarasota YMCA Sharks) 1:04:15.4
9. Stefan Cooley (Scottsdale Aquatic Club) 1:04:16.3
10. Ryan Staunch (Swim Florida) 1:04:48.1
11. Christopher Mykkannen (Irvine Novaquatics) 1:06:04.0
12. Nico Hernandez-Tome (Sarasota YMCA Sharks) 1:09:34.4

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Japan Is Right On, But What Were Others Thinking?!?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

While the 5 km race in Malaysia at this week's Asian Open Water Swimming Championship went off without a hitch, the water warmed up to 31.9°C (89.42°F) before the 10 km race.

Team Japan - rightly so - pulled its swimmers from the event.

But under the auspices and guidance of Ronnie Wong, the 2017 Asian Open Water Swimming Championship went on, despite FINA's own maximum temperature rule of 31°C (87.8°F).

Yasunari Hirai and Yumi Kida of Japan were anxious to go 2 for 2 in the 5 km and 10 km Asian Championships after their victories in the 5 km [see photo above], but they understood the health risks in racing over 10 km in water over 31°C (87.8°F).

"Although nothing surprises me anymore in the sport, I really do not understand this decision - especially it places human lives in danger," remarked Steven Munatones. "This rule took several months of deliberation by and within FINA to implement - precisely because Fran Crippen died under such conditions. FINA already caused controversy when it decided to move forward with its 25 km race at the 2009 World Championships when the water temperatures exceeded 31°C, but here is another example of a major championship event that demands that its athletes race in extremely warm water.

I greatly respected Alex Meyer of the USA, Thomas Lurz of Germany, and Marcel Wouda of the Netherlands for standing up and pulling out of the 2009 FINA World Championships because of dangerously warm conditions.

And I greatly respect Team Japan for standing up for its own athletes and putting health and human life over medals. Like Alex, Thomas and Linsy Heister who were world champions when they protested and pulled out of the FINA event in 2009, Team Japan had the overwhelminng pre-race favorites - Hirai on the men's side and Kida on the women's side - who would have undoubtedly won a podium position and quite possibly a gold medal.

Yet Japan did the right thing and abided by FINA's own rules* and put life over medals

Vitaliy Khudykov of Kazakhstan won the 10 km marathon swim with Cho Cheng-Chi Chinese Taipei in second and Heidi Gan of Malaysia won the slow-paced 10 km marathon swim with Xeniya Romanchuk finishing second.

The race started at 8 am and hit its peak water temperature of 32°C towards the end of the race.

Women's Results:
1. Heidi Gan (Malaysia) 2:17:00.77
2. Xeniya Romanchuk (Kazakhstan) 2:21:04.25
3. Benjaporn (Thailand) 2:22:50.73
4. Lok Hoi Man (Hong Kong) 2:25:57.56
5. Nip Tsz Yin (Hong Kong) 2:26:33.74
6. Chantal Liew Li-Shan (Singapore) 2:29:41.60
7. Chin Khar-Yi (Singapore) 2:33:53:90
8. Fiona Chan On-Yi (Hong Kong) 2:34:00.47
9. Benjamaporn (Thailand) 2:34:23.52
10. Angela Chieng (Malaysia) 2:34:25.09
11. Nina Rakhimova (Kazakhstan) 2:36:06.75
12. Nikitha Setru (India) 2:44:95.20
Maria Fedotova (Kazakhstan) OTL
Dhruti Muralidhar (India) OTL
Chenuri Fernando (Sri Lanka) OTL

The FINA rule that was implemented the year after the death of Fran Crippen is as follows:

FINA OWS 5.5 The water temperature should be a minimum of 16°C and a maximum of 31°C. It should be checked the day of the race, 2 hours before the start, in the middle of the course at a depth of 40 cm. This control should be done in the presence of a Commission made up of the following persons present: a Referee, a member of the Organising Committee and one coach from the teams present designated during the Technical Meeting.

It is interesting that Wong served as the chairman of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee when this rule was debated, researched, submitted and passed, but the water temperature at the Asian Championships 10 km race - that were conducted under his leadership - exceeded this maximum water temperature before, during and after the race.

At least one delegation - Team Japan - had the best interests of its athletes in mind.

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Funding The Blue Mind Life

Courtesy of Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., Blue Mind Life, California.

Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D. annnounced a unique opportunity for the appropriate person, brand, and organization:

"Blue Mind Life is looking for a water-loving angel investor to underwrite the next 20,000 blue marbles, 200 Blue Midn Life t-shirts, and 1,001 Blue Mind books with a US$12,000 loan.

A bookmark or sticker with your logo will be included in every book and bag of marbles. The loan will be entirely paid back within a year, likely sooner.

If you'd like to help build the blue movement during #100DaysOfBlue this summer, please get in touch directly: BlueMindLife@icloud.com

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Pat Gallant-Charette Does It All

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

This particular American 66-year-old from the state of Maine can have it all.

A dedicated nurse, a doting grandmother, a fundraiser, an organizer, a motivator, and an extreme athlete, Pat Gallant-Charette apparently does it all, too.

She is currently en route from Molokai Island to Oahu in her quest to complete the Oceans Seven. Her progress can be seen here on her real-time tracker.

Her career has been lengthy and is a testament to her passion and perseverance:

2008: During her first attempt at an English Channel, strong currents forced her back 1.7 miles from the French coast.
2009: Her second attempt of the English Channel was canceled due to weather conditions.
2010: At the age of 59, she swam the Strait of Gibraltar (3 hours 28 minutes) and became the third fastest woman of all time and the fastest American woman.
2011: She completed a swim across the English Channel on her third attempt in 15 hours 57 minutes at the age of 60. The Channel Swimming Association awarded her its Rosemary George Award for the Most Meritorious Swim of the Year.
2011: She completed the Catalina Channel in 14 hours 11 minutes to become the oldest women to cross the Catalina Channel.
2012: She was nominated for the 2011 and 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.
2012: She crossed the Tsugaru Channel in Japan on 13 September 2012 in 19 hours 36 minutes on her second attempt at the age of 61.
2013: She was selected as one the 101 Movers and Shakers in the world of open water swimming.
2013: She attempted to swim the North Channel. After swimming for 16 hours 43 minutes and less than one mile from the finish, the tidal flow changed directions and prevented her from completing her swim.
2014: After swimming for several hours in Cook Strait in New Zealand in January, her swim was stopped due to strong tidal flow.
2016: She crossed the North Channel on her third attempt on 24 August 2016 in 14 hours 22 minutes at the age of 65 years 204 days old, the oldest female to swim across the North Channel.
2016: She was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

For more information on her progress and mindset, visit her website here.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

25 Years Of Beach Beauty

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

"It is certainly one of the world's most beautiful sea swims and the chances of winning a prize are, by far, the greatest," says Steven Munatones. "Frank Flowers and his staff at CL Flowers and Sons work all year round to put on an outstanding event on Grand Cayman. They never fail to deliver and Seven Mile Beach is the perfect Caribbean venue for a fast mile swim."

This year's Flowers One Mile Sea Swim is held on June 10th.

"It's our 25th year, and it is going to be amazing, with chances to win great prizes: like trips to Paris, London, New York and much more. Not to mention the opportunity to meet over 25 Olympic and world-class distance swimmers," reports Dara Flowers-Burke. "If you are not a swimmer, register for the Walk & Watch event and still take part in all the festivities. 1 in 7 swimmers will win a prize; 1 in 15 for the Walk & Watch.

For the adventurous and/or competitive athletes, the Flowers/UANA International 5k & 10k swims are on June 12th

Registration is here.

All registration proceeds will benefit the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

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Yasunari Hirai Wins His First Asian Championship

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Yasunari Hirai and Yumi Kida have both had long, successful careers.

They competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swims and has won numerous Japanese domestic titles and various international races between 1 mile and 10 km, but they both won their first Asian Open Water Swimming Championship today in the 5 km race held in Malaysia.

"I am very happy to win the 5 km race at the Asian Championships; it is very important to my future to have this title of an Asian champion, wrote Hirai after the race."

Japan swept 1-2 on both the men's and women's side with Yohsuke Miyamoto finishing 10 seconds behind Hirai and Yuki Kida and Yukimi Noriyama winning gold and silver for Japan.

Top 15 Men's Results:
1. Yasunari Hirai (Japan) 1:00:28.95
2. Yohsuke Miyamoto (Japan) 1:00:38.26
3. Vitaliy Khudykov (Kazakhstan) 1:00:49.35
4. Taiki Nonaka (Japan) 1:01:47.06
5. Welson Sim (Malaysia) 1:02:46.88
6. Cho Cheng-Chi (Chinese Taipei) 1:02:58.76
7. Lev Cherepanov (Kazakhstan) 1:03:59.36
8. Keessary (Kazakhstan) 1:04:53.61
9. Zhong Qing Eramus (Singapore) 1:05:48.12
10. Aiman Talib Naseeb Al (Oman) 1:05:50.10
11. Khalid Mohammed (Oman) 1:05:50.10
12. Omkumar (India) 1:08:24.05
13. Tse Tsz Fung (Hong Kong) 1:09:33.10
14. Kwan Ho Yin (Hong Kong) 1:09:41.13
15. Nachat Natemantesuk (Thailand) 1:09:59.82

Top 10 Women's Results:
1. Yumi Kida (Japan) 1:03:40.60
2. Yukimi Moriyama (Japan) 1:03:47.31
3. Heidi Gan (Malaysia) 1:05:03.58
4. Xeniya Romanchuk (Kazakhstan) 1:08:22.80
5. Lok Hoi Man (Hong Kong) 1:09:52.98
6. Chantal Liew Li Shan (Singapore) 1:11:22.02
7. Nip Tsz Yin (Hong Kong) 1:11:38.58
8. Nina Rakhimova (Kazakhstan) 1:12:23.16
9. Maria Fedotova (Kazakstan) 1:12:26.35
10. Fiona Chan On-Yi (Hong Kong) 1:12:36.10
11. Neelanuc (Thailand) 1:14:54.18
12. China Khar Yi (Singapore) 1:14:58.81
13. Pattarakan Sriyong (Singapore) 1:17:58.18

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Ashley Twichell Dominates USA National Championships

Courtesy of WOWSA, Castaic Lake, Southern California.

"Oh, I was hurting those last 700, 800 meters. My arms..." said Ashley Twichell who completely dominated the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships at Castaic Lake in Southern California.

The 27-year-old from North Carolina Aquatic Club had every reason to feel fatigued towards the end of the 10 km marathon swim. Twichell shot into the lead on the first loop of six, but then settled down into comfortably leading the lead pack together with Italy's Olympic freestyler Martina De Memme.

The pair had separated themselves from the chase pack that included two Olympic silver medalists (Haley Anderson of the USA in 2012 and Rachele Bruni of Italy in 2016), but near the 5 km mark, De Memme pulled herself off the course, relinquishing the lead to Twichell.

Twichell had an interesting decision to make: should she continue the pace leading the race all by herself and challenge the rest of the field to catch her, or should she back off her pace and allow the rest of the pack to catch her and she could conserve energy for a fast closing finish?

She decided to make it hurt.

By the fifth loop of six, Twichell had gradually built her lead to 1 minute 9 seconds over the chase pack with Anderson, Bruni, Arianna Bridi, Becca Mann, Cathryn Salladin, Kareena Lee, Barbara Pozzobon, Alice Franco, Danielle Huskisson and Katy Campbell. Her lead was holding steady despite the pack of elites chasing her and her tendency to veer left when left completely alone.

She won by nearly a minute in 2 hours 4 minutes on a course that alternated between flat, tranquil conditions and bouncy, windy turbulence.

Twichell pulled away from the aquatic scrum that resulted in all kinds of physicality around the feeding pontoons.

Haley Anderson, shown in white swim cap above, finished second to earn a trip to the 2017 FINA World Championships in Lake Balaton, Hungary where she will represent the USA together with winner Ashley Twichell. The Americans will face off again with the pair of Italians, Bruni and Bridi.

1. Ashley Twichell 2:04:17.848
2. Haley Anderson 2:05:10.852
3. Rachele Bruni (Italy) 2:05:11.256
4. Arianna Bridi (Italy) 2:05:12.416
5. Becca Mann 2:05:13.427
6. Cathryn Salladin 2:06:47.575
7. Kareena Lee (Australia) 2:06:47.751
8. Barbara Pozzobon (Italy) 2:07:06.058
9. Alice Franco (Italy) 2:07:08.084
10. Danielle Huskisson (Great Britain) 2:07:11.949
11. Katy Campbell 2:07:16.808
12. Jade Dusablon (Canada) 2:07:21.005
13. Isabella Rongione 2:07:23.119
14. Taylor Pike 2:07:26.417
15. Samantha Arevalo (Ecuador) 2:07:45.189
16. Maggie Wallace 2:08:13.905
17. Stephanie Horner (Canada) 2:08:22.496
18. Alice Dearing (Great Britain) 2:10:29.017
19. Eva Fabian 2:11:05.872
20. Chenoa Devine 2:11:05.872
21. Joy Field 2:11:05.874
22. Chase Travis 2:11:54.586
23. Erica Sullivan 2:12:47.622
24. Kensey McMahon 2:14:00.651
25. Caitlin Daday 2:14:47.592
26. Mary Margaret Banick 2:14:47.861
27. Haley Pike 2:15:03.472
28. Libby Walker 2:15:30.759
29. Anna Kalandadze 2:15:35.878
30. Reese Lamph 2:16:11.927
31. Breanne Siwicki (Canada) 2:17:10.825
32. Sara Wanasek 2:17:46.332
33. Mariah Denigan 2:19:24.654
34. Hanna Huston 2:19:25.815
35. Sarah Nowaski 2:19:35.951
36. Ashlyn Fiorilli 2:22:08.915
37. Lara Hernandez-Tome 2:24:05.098
38. Victoria McCullough 2:24:32.796
Martina De Memme (Italy) DNF
Eliot Kennedy DNF
Gabrielle Kopenski DNF
Maggie Menso OTL
Kaitlynn Sims DNF

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Jordan Wilimovsky Wins Easily While Jack Burnell Swims On

Photo below taken at 1:06:44 into the video above courtesy of USA Swimming at Castaic Lake, Southern California.

FINA rules governing disqualification procedures are outlined in its open water swimming rules (see here). Section OWS 6.3 Disqualification Procedure specifically states the following:

OWS 6.3.1 If in the Opinion of the Chief Referee or Referees, any swimmer, or swimmer’s approved representative, or escort safety craft, takes advantage by committing any violation of the rules or by making intentional contact with any swimmer, the following proceeding shall apply:

1st Infringement: A yellow flag and a card bearing the swimmer's number shall be raised to indicate and to inform the swimmer that he is in violation of the Rules.

2nd Infringement: A red flag and a card bearing the swimmer's number shall be raised by the Referee (OWS 3.6) to indicate and to inform the swimmer that he is for the second time in violation of the Rules. The swimmer shall be disqualified. He must leave the water immediately and be placed in an escort craft, and take no further part in the race.

OWS 6.3.2 If in the opinion of a Referee, an action of a swimmer or an escort safety craft, or a swimmer’s approved representative is deemed to be ‘unsporting’ the referee shall disqualify the swimmer concerned immediately.

"Rules OWS OWS 6.3.1 and 6.3.2 are required because once an athlete is disqualified, he or she can impact the remainder of the race," described Steven Munatones who was on the course on the lead boat during the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Castaic Lake in Southern California.

"This is why when Jack Burnell turned over on his back, brought his knee up to his stomach, then purposefully took aim to kick Andrew Gemmell, and then nailed his opponent with the sole of his foot in clear view within proximity to officials' boat, the referees had no other option but to give him a red flag and immediately disqualify him on the last loop.

While Burnell seemed to complain that Andrew was touching his feet as Andrew was drafting during the last loop, it was a flagrant act of unsportsmanlike conduct to turn over, cock his leg and kick an opponent aiming at his head.

But what was most disappointing was when Burnell was informed of his disqualification, he clearly ignored the repeated directions of the head referee and the rest of the officials on the lead boat to leave the course.

He had two officials waving red flags at him from the officials boat. They were repeatedly blowing whistles at him with hand directions and shouts to remove himself from the course, but he defiantly stared at the referees [see photo below as Burnell in black cap looks up at head referee] and chose to keep swimming, impacting the rest of the race for the other competitors

"It is unfortunate that there are no repercussions in the existing rules for such blatant and willful act of defiance of well-established and well-known rules of the sport. Imagine an athlete in another sport who repeatedly looks at a referee and ignores directions for him or her to remove himself from the field of play. Worse yet, they continue on to the finish, impacting the other athletes in the competition.

The sport - under the leadership of FINA - should enact rules that define specific repercussions for such direct and shameless defiance of the rules and the directions of the officials in charge of the race who are responsible for interpreting and adjudicating the rules

Despite the kick that effectively took Gemmell out of the race, Burnell and the rest of the field simply could not catch Jordan Wilimovsky of Team Santa Monica who dominated the race from the moment he moved into the lead with less than two loops to go and ended up winning by nearly one minute.

No one was going to catch Jordan today. Once he gets out into the open with no one around him, especially with the conditions like today, it is difficult to stay up with him ... and nearly impossible to run him down. The reigning 23-year-old FINA world 10 km champion (at Kazan, Russia in 2015) very much looks like the prohibitive favorite going into the 2017 FINA World Championships in Lake Balaton, Hungary.

While the pre-race discussions centered around the possibility of wearing wetsuits for the first time in a major domestic competition, the Southern California weather warmed up the water to 69°F, just over the 20°C threshold for wetsuits according to FINA's newest open water rules.

Jordan Wilimovsky pulling into the lead over Jack Burnell on loop 5 of 6.

Team Santa Monica Coach Dave Kelsheimer feeding Jordan Wilimovsky from the feeding pontoon.

Jordan Wilimovsky cruising into a dominating victory.

Wilimovsky explained his perspective at the awards ceremony, "It was a fun race. It was a little cold at the beginning, but I just tried to stay relaxed and swim within the pack the first couple of laps and then build into it and be quick the last two laps and into the finish. I was confident in my pace and that I would be able to finish pretty strong and pull away at the end.”

10 km Results:
1. Jordan Wilimovsky 1:57:45.613
2. Brendan Casey 1:58:37.383
3. Simon Huitenga (Australia) 1:58:38.743
4. Andrew Gemmell 1:58:38.828
5. Chip Peterson 1:58:41.469
6. Simon Lamar 1:58:44.540
7. Richard Weinberger (Canada) 1:58:56.728
8. Philippe Guertin (Canada) 1:58:58.583
9. Caleb Hughes (Great Britain) 1:58:59.637
10. Toby Robinson (Great Britain) 1:59:02.106
11. David Heron 1:59:57.110
12. Taylor Abbott 1:59:57.832
13. Taylor Uselis 2:00:13.206
14. Blake Mangeniello 2:01:44.051
15. True Sweetser 2:01:55.549
16. Sam Rice 2:02:16.885
17. Taylor Delk 2:03:09.003
18. Ben Lawless 2:03:11.787
19. Eric Hedlin (Canada) 2:03:43.602
20. Chris Bready 2:04:28.602
21. Matteo Sogne (Italy) 2:06:33.059
22. Michael Brinegar 2:07:12.415
23. T.C. Smith 2:07:14.783
24. Brennan Gravley 2:08:23.682
25. Thomas Bretzmann 2:09:04.920
26. Joseph Gutierrez 2:09:15.052
27. Carter Grimes 2:09:38.695
28. Noah Brune 2:12:36.630
29. Ivan Puskovitch 2:12:41.003
30. Chris Yeager 2:12:49.614
31. Tyler Jones 2:13:09.009
32. Logan Houck 2:15:42.195
Aaron Apel DNF
Jack Burnell DSQ*

At 1 hour 39 minutes into the video above, Burnell can be seen looking up at the referee for Gemmell's drafting off of him, apparently because Gemmell was touching his feet in the draft. Burnell turns up his kick to ward Gemmell off of him. This physicality continues for the next few minutes. The confrontation finally escalates at 1 hour 42 minutes and 55 seconds into the swim when Burnell finally turns around and takes an aim with his foot to the head of Gemmell. For this act of unsportsmanlike conduct, he is immediately red carded and is repeatedly asked to leave the venue which he ignores for the entirety of the race. Whistles can be heard as the head referee and assistant referees on the boat wave red flags, point to him, yell at him, and write his race number on the whiteboard to indicate that he must leave the course.

Because Great Britain used this competition as its 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships qualification race, Caleb Hughes will get the nod because he just barely touched out teammate Toby Robinson 1:58:59.63 to 1:59:02.10. A second swimmer can be named at the discretion of the Great British delegation. So it will be interesting to see if Burnell, who is undoubtedly his country's best open water swimmer will be selected even after his blatant disregard and disrespect for the rules of the sport and its officials. His complaints after his disqualification at the 2016 Rio Olympics were widely covered by the media, but it will be telling how his actions will be dealt with after his race.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pia Lord Cleans Up In The Ocean

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Ocean Cleaner Project is an ocean advocacy service organization founded by open water swimmer Pia Lord.

"The Ocean Cleaner Project develops machines which can clean up rivers, lakes, bays, coastal areas as well as open ocean areas to restore the planet to a more pristine state," explains Lord. "We handle clean-up projects of any size from small 2-hour ones to large scale 1-2 month or longer commitments of time, energy and resources. ​Our clients include private residential customers, towns, cities, coastal management organizations, governments and shipping, oil, and cruise liner companies."

Lord is a seascape artist from Bloomfield, New Jersey who has completed the 7-mile Swim Around Lido Key (Florida), the 7.5 km Lake George Swim (New York), the 5 km Lake Wellington swim (Colorado), and the 4.4-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim (Maryland) as well as island-to-island crossings in the British Virgin Islands and coastal 5 km swims on Tenerife in the Canary Islands and in Mallorca, Spain.

Lord has also written two open water swimming guides: Return to the Sea and Return to the Sea II.

The Return to the Sea: A Guide to Open Water Swimming in Mallorca, Spain is a guide book to open water swimming on Mallorca where key concepts in preparation, safety, and equipment are covered. "Along the coastline of Mallorca, there are exciting easy, intermediate and advanced open water swims. Return to the Sea is a guide book to discovering the profound power of open water swimming in connecting with the planet."

Kayak, Kleanups n Koffee is a MeetUp group that Lord recently established to promote clean waterways. "We are an environment friendly group of people interested in doing our part in assuring clean trash-free waters while having fun kayaking. We kayak a set distance and if we see plastics along the way, we pick them up and bring them ashore. We log them and recycle or properly dispose of them."

For more information on Lord's Ocean Cleaner Project, visit here.

For more information on her Return to the Sea, visit here.

For more information on Kayak, Kleanups n Koffee, visit here.

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Rules Of Engagement For A Record-Setting Boat Pull

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The rules of engagement and protocols for a record-setting boat pull effort by Nejib Belhedi's World Iron Swims are as follows:

1. Weight of the boat/ship is independently confirmed (e.g., Hached is 1000 tons).
2. Planned courses (Plan A and Plan B) are confirmed with the appropriate marine authorities (e.g., Plan A is from the start line at the marine entrance of the Sfax Port to the inside of the port).

3. Date and time are set (e.g., 10 am on May 22nd 2017).
4. Name of boat pull event is confirmed (SONOTRAK Iron Swim 1000 in Sfax Port 2017).
5. Ship and escort pilot are confirmed (Hached piloted by Commander Riadh Bargaoui).
6. Observer is confirmed (e.g., Sadok Jbir).
7. The goal of swim is pre-determined (e.g., Hached is to be towed by Nejib Belhedi).
8. Alternative course is pre-determined (e.g., in the case of unfavorable weather conditions that is determined by the escort pilot and inhibits the safe and precise technical execution, Plan B will be attempted at an appropriate starting point in Sfax Port).

In the case of Belhedi's SONOTRAK Iron Swim 1000 event, the organizer has set the following conditions for Belhedi:

The swimmer will start pulling the ship at the sound of a single toot of the horn by the escort pilot while the WOWSA observer waves a red flag from the escort boat that is placed near the swimmer.

The bow of the ship is oriented towards and parallel to the course. Before the start, the ship is in a static state with its engine on, but there is no forward propulsion and speed is not engaged and the propellers are not activated. Under such conditions, the swimmer will begin to swim with a rope around his waist that is attached to the bow of the boat. No initial propulsion is provided by the ship, its crew or its pilot to aid the swimmer.

The swimmer aims to pull the ship for a minimum distance of 200 meters, but he could swim a greater distance until he signals the end of the swim by lifting his hand above the water surface. At the time the swimmer lifts his hand, the escort pilot will give 3 toots of the horn and the observer will wave a red flag to signal the end of the swim where the distance and time will be recorded.

The swimmer will wear only a porous swimsuit that does not cover the torso or go below mid-thighs, swimming goggles, and swimming cap and will not touch any buoyant items.

During the swim, the escort pilot is authorized to engage the speed of the ship in the case there is an urgent need to maneuver the ship for safety of the swimmer or its crew including due to the unexpected movement of the ship from the expected course or to keep the bow of the ship behind the swimmer. In any case, during this possible piloting maneuver, the escort pilot will not help or purposefully slow down the speed of the swimmer.

Photo shows Belhedi on a practice boat pull.

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