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Monday, March 25, 2019

Dr. Sam Freas Passes, Leaving A Lengthy Legacy

Courtesy of Shelley Taylor-Smith, CSCAA National Collegiate Open Water Swimming Championships, Kansas.

International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Shelley Taylor-Smith wrote about yesterday's unexpected passing of famed American pool and open water swimming coach Dr. Sam Freas, "I am gutted to hear my dear University of Arkansas Razorback swim coach Sam Freas has passed away.

[His] passion for helping others achieve their personal best is the greatest gift you shared with me. [He] always remind[ed] us that we could give more in a practice, could give more off the blocks, in our turns, finish, etc. We always could give more of ourselves.

[His] vision and foresight is the sole reason why there is a Lady Razorback Swim Team. When the University of Arkansas decided to shut [the women's team] down, he [declined] and said [he would] take on both the men and women's teams

Dr. Freas also escorted and advised 7-time world professional marathon swimming champion Paul Asmuth and organized the first FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2000. He was always a strong advocate of open water swimming.

Former USA Olympic and Yale University swim team coach Frank Keefe said of the 72-year-old former Director of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, "Sam was an icon of our sport. He will be truly missed and [it was] an honor knowing the Big K."

John Leonard of the American Swimming Coaches Association said of his friend, "I found him one of the most creative of coaches that I have known. He had a great rapport with sprinters and [had] great skills in getting the absolute maximum performance from them. No one was a better coach during a taper. Which means, likely, that he had many successful training seasons, since you can’t taper without a strong training base. Sam could get performance from anyone. He was a motivator.

Personally, Sam always had time - made time- for everyone. [He was] never in a rush [and] always available to talk. Sam was the original extrovert. Sam took a personal interest in everyone he met, athlete, coach or just a character. He raised great children, who took all the good parts of both their mother and their father and made it their own.

I served on three USA Swimming team staffs with Sam. It was always different, unusual, and interesting, and [his] conversations were free-flowing and stimulating. I knew I could call him any time of day or night with something I wanted to discuss

Freas' youngest daughter Sydney wrote, "I [will] recount my dad’s final days on earth. I am with my mom Rosemary. On behalf of our entire family, I cannot express how uplifting all of your words and messages are. You are getting us through each moment – shedding light in this dark void, knowing that we are not alone in this - that we are all in this together losing the one and only Sam, Sammy, Dad, Daddy-o, Easyman, Sammy Slim, The Fat Man, the Big Kahuna, Coach Freas, Dr. Sam...I could go on.

I was with my dad over the last several days. His visit to Phoenix was unbelievably joyous, easy, and uplifting, as it always is with him. On Friday afternoon, I took my parents out to a pre-birthday lunch at a great seafood restaurant. During the lunch, we talked about his movie and sequel. While I was quite familiar with the first movie story, I hadn’t heard the sequel plot in detail before. As he elaborated on his unbelievable story, tears welled up in my eyes. His gifts for storytelling were beyond. I told him. 'Dad, we’ve gotta get this done. Let’s figure this out.' He and my mom agreed and we had a pow wow and a surge of revitalized vigor to get his story onto the big screen.

Later Friday night, Dad was in his usual jovial mood, recounting the stories of his incredible life in pure Sam fashion. My dad and my in-laws grew up in suburban Philadelphia and Jack and Sam both summered on the Jersey shore as lifeguards, swam against each other at rival prep schools, and had so much in common.

I woke up on Saturday morning, March 23rd, Daddy’s 73rd birthday, to him sitting in a chair in our living room reading scripture, as he did every single day of his adult life.

We had an easy morning, dad making recruiting calls, always busy doing something, making the most of each moment. I always loved overhearing his phone calls over the years. I remember waking up to his booming, strong, voice regularly. Every conversation a display of a master articulator, connector, and lover of people.

A little bit later we drove down to Tucson, my mom and him in one car, me, my husband and our boys in another. He called several times on the way down there wanting to know random things, 'Hey, what are they growing on the side of the road there?' 10 minutes later, 'Hey, is that snow on the top of those mountains? I thought it could be limestone, just wanted to check' and then he would abruptly get off the phone – a Sam trademark, 'all right bye' or 'all right God bless'. Definitely a Sam trademark.

After a fun dinner, we spent time talking and watching TV together as a family. It was fun, it was easy, it was perfect. Dad and mom stayed up later than usual. We were all having a great time. Quality. Family. Time. Little did we know he would leave us 24 hours later.

Sunday March 24th, we woke up and headed to a great breakfast with my in-laws and their friend, another Philadelphia native. Dad was on fire. He was opining about all the topics of the day, mainly sports, the college admissions scandal, NCAA basketball, and stories many interesting individuals he knew throughout his career. I walked off to the bathroom during the breakfast, at least 30 feet down the hall from our table and could hear him from the bathroom. I loved it. Big Sam, my dad, was in the building.

After breakfast, we watched more NCAA basketball where I had to help dad with the remote another 10 times (at least)… I asked him if he wanted to come swimming with me, Logan and the boys. Much to my delight he said “yes”. I was so excited. It was one of his great joys to see his grandchildren swim. We got in the pool together and pushed Thomas back and forth between us. I could tell he was at peace, so happy. He even swam a couple of laps. I remember glancing over and thinking to myself, 'Wow, despite his size, his stroke is still flawless.'

We came back home and had the most pleasant dinner as a family on my back patio. The sun setting behind his back, God’s love shone all around him on his last sunset on earth.

After dinner, we watched NCAA basketball and a few movies. My mom went to bed a little earlier than him, and it was just me, my dad, and Logan watching TV. He was cracking jokes – hilarious as ever in his distinct humor – and I was in heaven being next to him. Just heaven. My daddy. My hero.

We set off to bed, kissed each other good night and said I love you for the last time.

Shortly after going to bed, my mom urgently woke me up saying dad was in trouble.

I went into his room, my mom and I on both sides of him trying to help in any way we could. He was conscious by confused and in pain. Groaning and moaning. We called 911. We stayed by his side and cried out to him, 'Daddy, daddy stay with us, daddy...Please daddy, stay with us daddy.'

'Sam, common sam. Sam, stay with us Sam. We love you Sam.'

The paramedics came and took over. We watched them take him away on a stretcher. We followed them to the Emergency Room where they wouldn’t let us back to see him. They were trying to revive him, but his heart had stopped as soon as he reached the hospital. In an hour's time, we received the dreaded news that the man, the legend, our rock, our hero, the one and only Samuel “Sammy” James Freas had gone on to eternity with our heavenly Father.

He is in paradise now. He has a new body. He has no pain. He is delighting all of heaven with his warmth and wit. He is seeing all his passed loved ones and friends. The many Peekskill and West Point buddies that sacrificed their lives in Vietnam, etc. He is watching over us and smiling down with that signature closed lip smile. The bad news is we have to live without him on this earth...the good news is that we will spend eternity with him

Copyright © 2008-2019 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Escort Crew Members Wanted For 3-Month Gyre Swim

Courtesy of Ben Lecomte, Discovery GO.

Ben Lecomte attempted a transpacific solo stage swim from Choshi, Japan, starting on June 5th with an aim to reach San Francisco, California after 8,721 km, estimated to take them 6 - 8 months.

Lecomte did not complete The Swim, but they did spend 5 months and 15 days at sea.

Lecomte and his escort team inched their way across 1,523 nautical miles (2,822 km) in the Pacific Ocean as they encountered storms, relentlessly difficult swimming conditions, and countless marine life from whales to hundreds of dolphins.

While sharks and turtles were also commonplace, but their daily encounters with plastic and marine trash was most shocking. Part of Lecomte's mission was to collect data for 30 scientific institutes, so the crew obtained and stored more than 1,700 plastic samples of flotsam that they encountered in the Pacific.

Despite The Swim v.1 ended in a DNF, Lecomte and his team are now focused on plastic pollution on The Swim v.2. Lecomte and 10 crew members will head back to the Pacific Ocean this May when he will swim through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. He reports, "We will focus on dispelling myths surrounding the patch, as well as helping scientists better understand what is accumulating in the gyre. Our production partner Seeker helped with this narrative during our first stage of the ocean crossing, and received more than 1 million YouTube views [see video below]."

"We are now seeking new crazy, fun, passionate and skilled volunteers to help on the next leg of the adventure. We’re looking for new crew members to volunteer on a 3-month swimming and sailing expedition from Hawaii to California. Positions include marine engineers, scientists, sailors, medics, influencers and plastic warriors available from May to September 2019."

Previous sailing experience is preferred, but not required. Send your CV to join@thelongestswim.com.

To watch a summary of the first attempt, visit here.

Copyright © 2008-2019 by World Open Water Swimming Association

WOW - Women In The Open Water

Courtesy of Guila Muir, Say Yes To Life Swims, Washington.

On March 21st 2019, Say Yes to Life Swims in Seattle co-hosted a panel discussion on Women in the Open Water highlighting Wendy Van De Sompele (who circumnavigated Maury Island), Erika Norris (who swam from Bremerton to Seattle), Jessi Harewicz (who swam Canada's Georgia Strait), and Melissa Kegler (who swam the Catalina Channel).

This video above introduces these women and their accomplishments.

The event was the first in a series of springtime educational offerings.

For more information, visit Say Yes to Life Swims.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Joe Bruno, Quintessential Bay Swimmer

Courtesy of Diane Campbell, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, California.

Diane Campbell wrote a short biographical article on entitled Joe Bruno, Quintessential Bay Swimmer in the Spring 1981 issue of Swim Swim Magazine.

It reads as follows:

Virtually every travel brochure on San Francisco boasts the graceful magnificence of the Golden Gate Bridge. Joseph L. Bruno, however, remembers the days when "Golden Gate" referred only to the 1.2 mile channel of water between Sausalito and San Francisco, where the Pacific Ocean joins the San Francisco Bay.

After joining the Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club in 1933, before the construction of the Bridge, he made his first crossing at the age 21. In October, 1980, he completed his 46th crossing from Fort Point to Lime Rock, continuing to increase his record for the most official Golden Gate swims.

With the exception of the war years (1942 - 1944), and when a dense fog prevented the competition in 1964, Joe has never missed the event. His times have ranged anywhere from 26 minutes 30 seconds in 1952 and 68 minutes in 1974, depending upon tide and weather conditions.

He even found a way to make up for those four years he missed during the war. Due to the increased popularity of Bay swimming, the Dolphin Club has found it necessary in recent years to host the event on two consecutive days. In 1978 and 1979, he swam twice during the same weekends.

A native San Franciscan born in 1912, Joe Bruno recalls swimming in Gas House Cove when it was known as "The Hot Pipes" - the part of the Bay that once cooled the turbine engines for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In 1937 he helped the Dolphin's water polo team capture the Bay Area League Championship, the same year he participated in "Discovery Day" by swimming from Pier 31 to Treasure Island to publicize the upcoming 1939 World's Fair.

Joe keeps a chart on which he's chronologically mapped all his rough water swims since the thirties. The impressive network details 28 different official routes, including 12 Alcatraz swims and dozens of Aquatic Cove competitions - over 170 San Francisco Bay swims.

For Joe Bruno, rough water swimming is more than just healthy exercise. "It's a way of life that keeps me looking ahead," he says. And his Golden Gate swim record becomes more formidable with each passing year.

Copyright © 1981 by Swim Swim Magazine

Using The Masimo MightySat™ Finger Pulse Oximeter

Courtesy of Masimo Personal Health and KAATSU Global, Huntington Beach, California.

The KAATSU Master 2.0 and KAATSU Wearables both use the Masimo MightySat™ Finger Pulse Oximeter.

"One of the best physiological monitoring devices that I have ever used is the Bluetooth-enabled Masimo MightySat™ Fingertip Pulse Oximeter," said Steven Munatones.

"I can simultaneously track and archive the oxygen level in my blood, my pulse, the number of breaths per minute, a measure to understand how well hydrated that I am, and other data points that indicate changes in blood circulation and heart rate recovery. We use the Masimo with the athletes - of all ages - who we work with."

The six specific parameters that can be tracked noninvasively include the following data points:

1. SpO2 or Oxygen Saturation is the oxygen level in your blood that indicates changes due to your heart or lung function, oxygen use by your body, or altitude. It is a percentage of hemoglobin in the blood that is saturated with oxygen. The unit of measure is percentage (%).

2. PR or Pulse Rate is the number of your heart pulses per minute that indicates your overall fitness or exertion levels at any time. The unit of measure is beats per minute (bpm).

3. RRp™ or Respiration Rate is the number of breaths per minute that indicates how well your heart and lungs function or how quickly you recover from exercise. It is a measurement of respiration rate based on changes in the plethysmographic waveform. The unit of measure is respirations per minute (RPM).

4. PVi® or Plethysmograph Variability Index is the variation in perfusion index over your breathing cycle, which may indicate changes in hydration, breathing effort, perfusion, or other factors. The Plethsymographic Waveform displays your real-time pulse pressure waveform. To properly measure your PVi®, you should lay down relaxed in a horizontal position and take it at the same time of the day in the same position.

5. PI or Perfusion Index is the strength of your blood flow to your finger that indicates changes in blood circulation. It is the ratio of the pulsatile blood flow to the non-pulsatile blood in peripheral tissue used to measure peripheral perfusion. The Perfusion Index values ranges from 0.02% for a very weak pulse to 20% for an extremely strong pulse.

6. The Heart Rate Recovery Calculator can track the heart’s ability to return to normal levels after vigorous physical activity or hard swimming set. Fitness level and proper heart function are measured by the recovery phase. A heart that is fit will recover at a quicker rate than a heart that is not accustomed to regular exercise. The first minute of recovery is the most crucial. After exercise, your heart rate experiences an abrupt drop during the first minute. This recovery period can indicate cardiovascular fitness level.

The Masimo's Heart Rate Recovery Calculator is used by putting on the MightySat on your finger right after exercise and opening the Masimo mobile app. After 60 seconds, you will receive your percentage score.

As a general rule, a lower recovery heart rate following vigorous exercise is better.

For more information about the Masimo MightySat™ Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, visit here or listen to world champion Michael Andrew above.

Copyright © 2008-2019 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Take 78 To Make 1

Courtesy of Gábor Király, Arken Life.

Gábor Király came up with an idea three years ago and created 78 different prototypes until his invention was ready for commercialization. The creators invested thousands of hours in drawing, designing and creating various prototypes to bring this product idea to market.

The inventor and founder of Arken Life is now ready to launch a crowdfunding campaign in order to fund his venture and produce inventory of his inflatable water safety device.

Together with designer Zsuzsanna Szentkeressy-Nagy and Chief Technology Officer Ernő Wirth, they came up with swimwear with a pull cord and an inflatable life belt that keeps swimmers in distress at the surface of the water. The product works up to a 120 kg (265 lb.) swimmer and uses a 16-gram CO2 cartridge filled with compressed air.

For more information, visit www.arkenlife.com.

Copyright © 2008-2019 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Where Tranquility Replaces Turbulence

Courtesy of Nicolas Ruel, National Geographic Magazine.

Nicolas Ruel from Montreal has traveled to 70 cities in 40 countries and 5 continents to produce Cityscape, Civilization and Industrial, a photographic series that features busy metropolitan scenes.

"His photographs present a unique perspective of the hustle and bustle of city life," observes Steven Munatones. "The multi-dimensional aspect of his work also present a stark contrast to the tranquility that we often experience in the open water.

Walking down the streets of London or driving on the streets of Los Angeles or hustling to an airport gate or trying to catch a taxi cab in Manhattan is such an overload on our senses. Our eyes scan the streets and shops. Our ears are filled with sounds of cars, trucks, taxis and people talking and moving out. Our nostrils are overwhelmed with the smells of cityscapes from garbage in alleyways and bread from bakeries. We feel each step on the sidewalk or the steering wheel of our car. And our brain is processing all of this sensory overload at once.

Whereas, when we swim in a calm lake or in an offshore coastal swim, there is a deprivation of those same senses. Our sight is limited, both above and under the water. Perhaps we see an escort kayaker or the distant shore. Our ears hear relatively little other than perhaps the splash of our own arms or an occasional the whistle of a dolphin. Our sense is dulled except perhaps if we run across flotsam or an oil slick.

On the flip side, when we swim over a coral reef or feel cold water, our brain quickly processes all this information and we become laser focused on the things that we do see or feel.

Without an ability to talk to someone else, we instantly only process thoughts within ourselves. So cold feel colder because the intensity of thought is so focused within ourselves. Even in a turbulent sea when we bounce up and down, and are moved left and right, with each wave from all directions has a certain tranquility to it. While we may become frustrated with our forward movement, we are one with our immediate environment, taking each arm stroke and each breath as they come along. The intensity of action is much greater than simply walking down a city street.

The contrast between city life and marine life is vast

Sarah Ferguson is shown above swimming around Easter Island over 2,000 nautical miles from the shoreline of Chile [her unprecented story is posted here].

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Sarah Ferguson Swims Circumnavigation Of Easter Island

Courtesy of Plastics Ocean International, Easter Island, Chile.

After Cristian Vergara attempted a 61 km circumnavigation swim around Easter Island in November 2016 that ended short of his goal in 26 hours 52 minutes, South African Sarah Ferguson became the next person to attempt a swim around Rapa Nui, a Chilean island in the Pacific Ocean at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle.

Her swim was part of Swim Against Plastic, a global campaign to help end plastic pollution. She selected Easter Island because the surrounding waters contain one of the highest concentrations of microplastics in the Pacific Ocean despite being most remote inhabited island on the planet.

Plastics Ocean International and Breathe Conservation announced that Ferguson completed the 63.5 km swim in 19 hours 8 minutes on March 16th.

It’s an incredibly special moment for my team and me right now. To have pioneered a swim like this is still something I am wrapping my head around. But to have succeeded in doing something no one else has done is both humbling and amazingly exciting,” Ferguson said. “I hope that just as I swam around Easter Island one stroke at a time, ­people will choose to make one small decision at a time around single-use plastic to help preserve this beautiful blue ocean of ours.”

For more information about Ferguson's swim, visit Swim AgainstPlastic.com.

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Mariel Hawley Dávila Swims Strait

Courtesy of Mariel Hawley Dávila, Cook Strait, New Zealand.

Mariel Hawley Dávila will attempt her final channel of the Oceans Seven.

She explains, "The Cook Strait crossing has several meanings for me. It means a lot in terms of what life is for me... each [Oceans Seven] crossing has made me so aware of the term 'life' that now that I think it moves me on a part to think about what I have swam and in parallel what I have lived and the sea always there.

Swimming has made me more aware of the beauty of this planet. I feel more part of it when I swim in the sea.

I am less me and much more everything...more salt, more water, more oxygen and much more life. This is a privilege. Swimming so many hours in the ocean have made me reflect on the magic of life.

Being able to live all this makes me feel very special and not for the achievements, but by the hours in the water, for being part of the majestry of life. The sea brings out the best of me and although sometimes also the difficulty.

I hope that this crossing of the Cook Strait generates pure blessings and so I am ready to be part again of the beauty and life of the ocean with a grateful heart

Copyright © 2008-2019 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Following Washington Across The Potomac River

Courtesy of Wave One Open Water, Potomac River, National Harbor, Maryland.

At the intersection of Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia in the Potomac River, 150 swimmers jump off a riverboat water taxi and swim 2.3 km to the National Harbor beach lagoon at the 9th Annual Washington's Crossing: Swim Across the Potomac on June 2nd.

For more information and to register to obtain one of the 150 slots, visit here.

Copyright © 2008-2019 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Bonanza Year Across Bangla Channel In Bangladesh

Courtesy of Fazlul Kabir, Shahpori Island, Bangla Channel, Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh.

Extreme Bangla and Shwaroz Adventure jointly organize the 16.1 Bangla Channel Swimming since its inception in 2006.

This year was a record year.

Fazlul Kabir is one of the pioneers of the Fortune Bangla Channel Swimming, a 16.1 km race across the Bangla Channel in the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh.

Between 2006 and 2017, Kabir completed the channel crossing five times, but the 14th edition in 2019 was not his year. "I had to abandon my own swim after a couple of hours due to severe hamstring cramp on my right leg. I carried on my swimming with my injurious right leg. But I was unable to recover and had to quit. I felt really devastated."

But as one of the pioneers, there was a silver lining to his DNF. "Seeing the overall success of the team, I am happy - and am motivated to increase my training to get absolutely ready for a 2-way crossing of Bangla Channel next year.

The Fortune Bangla Channel Swimming 2019 started at 9:45 am from Shahpori Island, Teknaf. A total 34 swimmers including two women participated in the event. 31 swimmers successfully crossed and 3 were unsuccessful - and all previous records were broken.

We had the highest number of swimmers (31) cross the channel in 2019. 13-year-old Ms Shohagi crossed successfully in her debut which made her the youngest female swimmer from Bangladesh to cross the channel. The fastest swim was set by Sajjad Hossain who crossed in time of 2 hours 59 minutes, breaking the previous record was 3 hours 8 minutes by Saiful Islam Rasel. 69-year-old Mr. Shoaib, who lost one of his legs due to polio at the age of 4, crossed in 5 hours 40 minutes in his debut. Md. Al Shad Sarker, a 15-year-old 9th grade student, crossed the channel on his second attempt in 5 hours 38 minutes, making him the youngest male swimmer from Bangladesh to cross the channel. Lipton Sarker successfully completed his 14th consecutive crossing that makes him the holder of greatest number of crossings. Md. Mizanur Rahman who is 67 years old finished his second consecutive crossing

Fortune Bangla Channel Swimming 2019 Finishers:
1. Sajjad Hossain 2 hours 59 minutes
2. Md Nayon Islam 3 hours 33 minutes
3. MD. Saiful Islam Rasel 3 hours 50 minutes
4. MD. Moniruzzaman 3 hours 57 minutes
5. Mst. Mitu Akhter 4 hours 5 minutes
6. Mohammad Shamsuzzaman Arafat 4 hours 8 minutes
7. Hemayet Ullah Noor 4 hours 11 minutes
8. Md. Rafiqul Islam 4 hours 16 minutes
9. Sree Sonkor Chondro Bormon 4 hours 18 minutes
10. MD. Mazed Mia 4 hours 26 minutes
11. Abdullah Al Roman 4 hours 29 minutes
12. S.I.M Ferdous Alom 4 hours 30 minutes
13. Mahadi Hasan 4 hours 33 minutes
14. Md Musa Harun 4 hours 47 minutes
15. Sheikh Mahbub Ur Rahman 4 hours 49 minutes
16. Mosaddak Ahmed Tarik 4 hours 50 minutes
17. MD Nahid Hasan 4 hours 51 minutes
18. Jamshedul Alam 4 hours 56 minutes
19. Mst. Shohagi 5 hours 3 minutes
20. Mizanur Rahman 5 hours 13 minutes
21. MD. Abu Taher 5 hours 19 minutes
22. Allama Didar 5 hours 25 minutes
23. MD. Abdullah Al Mamun 5 hours 31 minutes
24. Md. Al Shad Sarker 5 hours 38 minutes
25. MD. Shoib 5 hours 40 minutes
26. Lipton Sarker 5 hours 40 minutes
27. MD. Alamgir 5 hours 43 minutes
28. Muntasir Sami 6 hours 10 minutes
29. Syful Bashar Suja 6 hours 11 minutes
30. Hasibul Hasan Sabuj 6 hours 34 minutes
31. A.H.M Yeakub Ali Jony 6 hours 46 minutes

The slogan of the event is build a drowning free, healthy Bangladesh.

Muntasir Sami [shown above] recalled his 6 hour 10 minute crossing, "If someone told me 2 and a half years ago that I would cross the Bangla Channel, it would have sounded improbable. I couldn't even swim 25 meters back then. Now I made it possible and I always say that nothing is impossible if you truly believe that. Couldn't have done it without the support of some amazing people. I'm always grateful to Lipton Bhai, Arafat Bhai for all the motivation and courage. Thanks to Humayun Bhai for taking me to the pond and sometimes joining with me for encouragement. And I can't express my gratitude to everyone who supported me in my activities. You guys are all part of this success. Hope to do even more things in the future with your support."

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Ben Franklin On Crossing From Dover To Calais

Courtesy of P.W. Gallaudet, 1818.

In J. Frost's book, The Art Of Swimming that was published in 1818, he included a passage by Benjamin Franklin in which he pondered about crossing the English Channel:

"When I was a boy, I amused myself one day with flying a paper kite; and, approaching the bank of a pond, which was near a mile broad, I tied the string to a stake, and the kite ascended to a very considerable height above the pond, while I was swimming.

In a little time, being desirous of amusing myself with my kite, and enjoying at the same time the pleasure of swimming, I returned; and loosing from the stake the string with the little stick which was fastened to it, went again into the water, where I found that, lying on my back and holding the stick in my hands, I was drawn along the surface of the water in a very agreeable manner.

Having then engaged another boy to carry my clothes round the pond, to a place which I pointed out to him on the other side, I began to cross the pond with my kite, which carried me quite over without the least fatigue, and with the greatest pleasure imaginable. I was only obliged occasionally to halt a little in my course, and resist its progress, when it appeared that, by following too quick, I lowered the kite too much: by doing which, occasionally, I made it rise again.

I have never since practise this singular mode of swimming, though I think it is not impossible to cross in this manner from Dover to Calais.

Historical Note: Franklin (1706 – 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and is inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor in the Class of 1984) and the International Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer in the Class of 1968). He was an author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, printer, oceanographer, satirist, political theorist, scientist, and statesman of his era. He was a lifelong swimmer, teaching himself how to swim in Boston Harbor and advocated learn-to-swim classes as an early proponent of physical fitness, both for peace of mind and for safety in one's life. He wrote, "I had a strong inclination for the sea; living near the water, I was much in it and about it and learnt early to swim well."

Copyright © 2008-2019 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Ben Franklin On Hand Paddles And Fins

Courtesy of P.W. Gallaudet, 1818.

In J. Frost's book, The Art Of Swimming that was published in 1818, a passage written by Benjamin Franklin included a description of hand paddles and fins.

"When I was a boy, I made two oval pallets, each about 10 inches long, and six broad, with a hole for the thumb, in order to retain it fast in the palm of my hand. They much resemble a painter's pallets. In swimming, I pushed the edges of these forward, and I struck the water with their flat surfaces as I drew them back. I remember I swam faster by means of these pallets, but they fatigued my wrists.

I also fitted to the soles of my feet a kind of sandals; but I was not satisfied with them, because I observed that the stroke is partly given by the inside of the feet and the an[k]les, and not entirely with the soles of the feet

Historical Note: Franklin (1706 – 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and is inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor in the Class of 1984) and the International Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer in the Class of 1968). He was an author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, printer, oceanographer, satirist, political theorist, scientist, and statesman of his era. He was a lifelong swimmer, teaching himself how to swim in Boston Harbor and advocated learn-to-swim classes as an early proponent of physical fitness, both for peace of mind and for safety in one's life. He wrote, "I had a strong inclination for the sea; living near the water, I was much in it and about it and learnt early to swim well."

Copyright © 2008-2019 by World Open Water Swimming Association

The Art Of Swimming, A Perspective By Ben Franklin

Courtesy of P.W. Gallaudet, 1818.

J. Frost was a long-time swimming teacher in Nottingham, England.

He wrote The Art Of Swimming that was published in 1818 by P.W. Gallaudet.

The book is described as "a series of practical instructions on an original and progressive plan, by which the art of swimming may be readily attained, with every advantage of power in the water: accompanied with 12 copper-plate engravings, comprising 26 appropriate figures, correctly exhibiting and elucidating the action and attitude, in every branch of that invaluable art."

Benjamin Franklin wrote a passage in the book, "The exercise of swimming is one of the most healthy and agreeable in the world." The book also includes Dr. Franklin's Treatise on the Art of Swimming.

His Treatise, in the form of a letter from Dr. Franklin to Oliver Neale, reads as follows:

I cannot be of opinion with you that it is too late in life for you to learn to swim. The river near the bottom of your garden affords a most convenient place for the purpose. And as your new employment requires your being often on the water, of which you have such a dread, I think you would do well to make the trial; nothing being so likely to remove those apprehensions, as the consciousness of an ability to swim to the shore, in case of an accident, or of supporting yourself in the water till a boat could come to take you up.

I do not know how far corks or bladders may be useful in learning to swim, having never seen much trial of them. Possibly they may be of service in supporting the body while you are learning what is called the stroke, or that manner of drawing in and striking out the hands and feet, that is necessary to produce progressive motion. But you will be no swimmer, till you can place some confidence in the power of the water to support you: I would therefore advise the acquiring that confidence in the first place; especially, as I have know several, who, by a little of the practice necessary for that purpose, have insensibly acquired the stroke, taught as it were by nature.

The practice I mean is this. Choosing a place where the water deepens gradually, walk coolly into it till it is up to your breast, then turn round, your face to the shore, and throw an egg into the water, between you and the shore. It will sink to the bottom and be easily seen there, as your water is clear. It must lie in water so deep as that you cannot reach it to take it up but by diving for it. To encourage yourself in order to do this, reflect that your progress will be from deeper to shallower water, and that at any time you may, by bringing your legs under you, and standing on the bottom, raise your head far above the water. Then plunge under it, with your eyes open, throwing yourself towards the egg, and endeavouring, by the action of your hands and feet against the water, to get forward till within reach of it. In this attempt, you will find, that the water buoys you up against your inclination; that it is not so easy a thing to sink as you imagined; that you cannot but by active force get down to the egg. Thus, you feel the power of the water to support you, and learn to confide in that power; while your endeavours to overcome it, and to reach the egg, teach you the manner of acting on the water with your feet and hands, which action is afterwards used in swimming to support your head higher above water, or to go forward through it.

I would the more earnestly press you to the trial of this method, because, though I think I satisfied you that your body is lighter than water, and that you might float in it a long time with your mouth free for breathing, if you would put yourself in a proper posture, and would be still and forbear struggling; yet, till you have obtained this experimental confidence in the water, I cannot depend on your having the necessary presence of mind to recollect that posture and the directions I have you relating to it. The surprise may put all out of your mind. For though we value ourselves on being reasonable knowing creatures, reason and knowledge seem, on such occasions, to be of little use to us; and the brutes, to whom we allow scarce a glimmering of either, appear to have the advantage of us.

I will, however, take this opportunity of repeating those particulars to you, which I mentioned in our last conversation, as, by perusing them at your leisure, you may possibly imprint them so in your memory as on occasion to be of some use to you.

1. That though the legs, arms, and head of a human body, being solid parts, are specifically something heavier than fresh water; yet the truck, particularly the upper part, from its hollowness is so much lighter than water, as that the whole of the body taken together is too light to sink wholly under water, but some part will remain above, until the lungs become filled with water, which happens from drawing water into them instead of air, when a person in the fright attempts breathing while the mouth and nostrils are under water.

2. That the legs and arms are specifically lighter than salt water, and will be supported by it; so that a human body would not sink in salt water, though the lungs were filled as above, but from the greater specific gravity of the head.

3. THat therefore a person throwing himself on his back in salt water, and extending his arms, may easily lie so as to keep his mouth and nostrils free for breathing; and by a small motion of his hands may prevent turning, if he should perceive any tendency to it.

4. That in fresh water, if a man throws himself on his back, near the surface, he cannot long continue in that situation but by the proper action of the hands on the water. If he uses no such action, the legs and lower part of the body will gradually sink till he comes into an upright position, in which he will continue suspended, the hollow of the breast keeping the head uppermost.

5. But if, in this erect position, the head is kept upright above the shoulders, as when we stand on the ground, the immersion will, by the weight of that part of the head that is out of water, reach above the mouth and nostrils, perhaps a little above the eyes, so that a man cannot long remain suspended in water with his head in that position.

6. The body continuing suspended as before, and upright, if the head be leaned quite back, so that the face looks upwards, all the back part of the head being then under water, and its weight consequently in a great measure supported by it, the face will remain above water, quite free for breathing, will rise an inch higher every inspiration and sink as much every expiration, but never so low as that the water may come over the mouth.

7. If, therefore, a person unacquainted with swimming, and falling accidently into the water, could have presence of mind sufficient to avoid struggling and plunging, and to let the body take this natural position, he might continue long safe from drowning till perhaps help would come. For as the clothes, their additional weight while immersed is very inconsiderable, the water supporting it, though when he come out of the water, he would find them very heavy indeed.

But, as I said before, I would not advise you or any one to depend on having this presence of mind on such an occasion, but learn fairly to swim; as I wish all men were taught to do in their youth; they would, on many occurrences, be the safer for having that skill, and on many more the happier, as freer from painful apprehensions of danger, to say nothing of the enjoyment in so delightful and wholesome an exercise. Soldiers particularly should, methinks, all be taught to swim; it might be of frequent use, either in surprising an enemy, or saving themselves. And if I had now boys to educate, I should prefer those schools (other things being equal) where an opportunity was afforded for acquiring so advantageous an art, which once learned, is never forgotten.

B. Franklin

Historical Note: Franklin (1706 – 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and is inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor in the Class of 1984) and the International Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer in the Class of 1968). He was an author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, printer, oceanographer, satirist, political theorist, scientist, and statesman of his era. He was a lifelong swimmer, teaching himself how to swim in Boston Harbor and advocated learn-to-swim classes as an early proponent of physical fitness, both for peace of mind and for safety in one's life. He wrote, "I had a strong inclination for the sea; living near the water, I was much in it and about it and learnt early to swim well."

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Kimberley Chambers Speaking Outside The Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, San Francisco, California.

Talk about expanding one's boundaries and areas of influence.

Kimberley Chambers was once a ballerina at her home in New Zealand. Then, she became a rower at University of California Berkeley and then started to work in Silicon Valley with Adobe. She got hurt and then became an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer in 2019 after swimming to the Farallon Islands and completing the Oceans Seven.

Chambers continues to dream big, push boundaries, and inspire courage and confidence among young girls and women.

Tonight, she continues to expand her scope of activities and is speaking with Siddharth Kara, one of the world’s leading experts on modern day slavery and trafficking.

Kara is a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University who is an expert on contemporary slavery and is best known for his award-winning book, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, the first of three books he has written on the subjects of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

They will speak at the 7th Annual Stop Girl Trafficking evening with Dr. Aruna Uprety tonight at the St. Regis in San Francisco, California.

For more information, visit here.

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Swimming In Cebu And Around The World

Courtesy of Nippon Television Network, Cebu Island, Philippines.

A Japanese TV program "Itte Q" (The Quest) on Nippon Television in Japan will broadcast five Japanese television personalities doing a sea swim starting on Cebu Island, a crossing of the Cebu Strait from Cabilao Island to Argao on Cebu Island in the Philippines.

Christina Timmons explains, "Itte Q is a family-oriented adventure variety program with an average audience of 18 million viewers, broadcast every Sunday during prime time. This year, we has started a project with the aim to swim seven open water channels around the world."

The Cebu Strait crossing is one of the World's Top 100 Island Swims.

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Great City Splash: Register For Charles River Swim

2012 Olympic marathon swimmer Alex Meyer winning 2018 race

Courtesy of Charles River Swimming Club, race start in the Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts.

Registration opens today for the annual Charles River One Mile Swim in Boston on June 15th.

Founded by Frans Lawaetz from the Virgin Islands and Ulla Hester from Germany, the duo held its first swim in the Charles River in 2007 which was the first sanctioned public swimming event in the river in over 50 years.

The Charles River Swimming Club continued to grow and organize swims in the Charles River while facilitating the return of public river swimming. After decades of pollution, the Charles River has benefited from the ongoing Clean Charles River Initiative, which was started in 1995 to restore the river’s ecological health. Based on the work of many dedicated volunteers and public servants, as well as government agencies and the Boston area community at large, the river has restored itself so it is clean enough on most summer days to meet safe swimming standards.

For good reason, the event is listed as one of the World's Top 100 River Swims.

Race director Kate Radville announced that the Charles River Swimming Club has partnered with the Charles River Conservancy this year to celebrate Boston’s first Charles River Swimming Day.

The Charles River Conservancy and Charles River Swimming Club organize the City Splash and Charles River One Mile Swim in a popular celebration of river swimming. “People used to swim in the Charles River all of the time,” said CRC Executive Director Laura Jasinski. “We believe it’s important for everyone to have access to a natural place to cool off in the summer.”

2018 Charles River Swim Top 25 Overall Results:
1. Alex Meyer (29) 18:48.5 [shown above]
2. Eric Nilsson (30) 18:55.9
3. Anton McKee (24) 19:46.4
4. Nicholas Thompson (27) 21:42.5
5. Ed Baker (39) 21:54.8
6. Christophe Graefe (44) 22:05.3
7. Len Van Greuning (50) 22:10.5
8. Jessica Stokes (41) 22:10.6 [1st woman]
9. Geoff Fallon (38) 22:25.9
10. Jen Olsen (47) 22:37.6 [2nd woman]
11. Eliza Cummings (23) 22:43.9 [3rd woman]
12. Gail Fricano (44) 22:45.9 [4th woman]
13. Kyle Ripley (27) 23:01.8
14. Alana Aubin (28) 23:04.4 [5th woman]
15. Ben Halperin (28) 23:19.1
16. Kiko Bracker (49) 23:19.9
17. Kathleen Tetreault (56) 23:31.3 [6th woman]
18. Dana Hatic (28) 23:33.9 (7th woman)
19. Richard Puopolo (53) 23:34.3
20. Don Haut (52) 23:37.2
21. Allison Wensley (35) 23:39.6< [8th woman]
22. Michelle Stefandl (24) 23:40.8 [9th woman]
23. Amy Whitesides (45) :23:44.0 [10th woman]
24. Haruka Uchida (22) 23:44.2 [11th woman]
25. John Lacey (51) 23:47.3

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sights, Scenes, Swims From Murmansk World Championship

Videos courtesy of Dmitry Blokhin, Murmansk, Russia.

Dmitry Blokhin provided videos from the International Ice Swimming Association 3rd World Championship and Ice Swimming Arctic Cup held in Murmansk, Russia last week.

Transformation from the Tropics

One remarkable transformation of a pool swimmer to an ice swimmer was the career trajectory of Spain's Diego López Dominguez from the Canary Islands.

He explains his ice swimming journey. "I only started training in cold waters 15 months ago as a way to swim in Antarctica and complete my Continents Seven challenge. Born and raised in the tropical Canary Islands, I had never swum in anything colder than 15°C (61°F) until December 2017, so the cold water acclimatization had to be fast and effective.

Luckily for me, New York [where I live now] provides the right set up for the sport. I've been a usual suspect at Brighton Beach in Brooklyn throughout the past two winters.

I never thought I would swim in the ice again after our race in the -1.4°C waters of Antarctica in November 2018 - which was probably the hardest thing I'd done in my life. However, as we were celebrating our accomplishment aboard One Ocean, everyone kept asking, 'What's next?' and 'Will you come to the Arctic now?' It seemed the right thing to do, after swimming in all continents. So, after getting the clearance at work and at home, I ended up signing up for the 500m and 1,000m freestyle events in the IISA 3rd World Championship.

Day 1 in Murmansk was not easy. For some reason, I was in the best lane in the final 500m freestyle heat, but I knew I had tough competitors in Petar Stoychev, Christof Wandratsch, and Paul Georgescu among others. I was extremely jet lagged and tired, and the water felt very cold - understandingly so. After the 200m mark, my performance started decreasing and I touched the wall in 7 minutes 3 seconds for a modest 7th place overall and 3rd place in my age group.

I rested well for Day 2 and prepared to what was about to come, the Ice Kilometer. I was again in the final heat: a tropical swimmer surrounded by the world's best ice swimmers.

It would be my third Ice Kilometer only and the first one in an ice pool with its uncomfortable open turns I had barely practiced. I start confidently though, and the water does not feel as cold, although it is still 0.2°C (32.3°F). My 6 minute 57 second split at the 500m mark was 5 seconds faster than my time in the 500m race the day before. Plus, I was swimming my own race as the pros caught me and lapped me again. I did the last 100 meters almost on my own (swimmers can leave the ice pool if they have finished), but I feeling strong all things considered.

I touched in 14 minutes 23 seconds which not only won my age group, but also beat the existing Spanish record of 16 minutes 28 seconds and was the fastest time among American swimmers with the previous best of 14 minutes 26 seconds. It felt surreal.

After the Ice Kilometer, it was recovery time. I walked to the recovery area where the Russians looked after my shaking body. Four volunteers, each one in charge of putting a hot towel on a part of my body: my head, shoulders, stomach, and legs. Towels are changed every 15 seconds, and they keep going for about 20 minutes. It was completely amazing and very effective. A few minutes later, I found myself in the sauna with the two-time world champion Petar, just like we were in Antarctica. Then the shivering stopped and I smile again, then cleared by the doctors.

I remain a summer person who hates cold showers. But I am grateful to ice swimming and to the whole community for showing me again that the mind can be more powerful than the body

500m Freestyle Top 10 Male Results
1. Paul Eugen Dorin Georgescu (41) Romania 6:07:22
2. Colin Hill (49) Great Britain 6:47.83
3. Stefan Runge (52) Germany 6:47:84
4. Pavel Bainov (33) Russia 6:48.67
5. Mario Fernandez Gorgojo (40) Spain 6:50:47
6. Kubiak Krzysztof (30) Poland 7:02.38
7. Diego López Dominguez (38) Spain 7:03.84
8. Piotr Biankowski (44) Poland 7:03.94
9. Denis Akulov (48) Russia 7:38.11
10. Jakub Valnicek (49) Czech Republic 7:41:34

International Ice Swimming Association Ice Kilometer World Championship Top 12 Results:
1. Peter Stoychev (43) Bulgaria 12:10:81
2. Fergil Hesterman (26) Netherlands 12:42:89
3. Vladislav Sapozhikov (23) Russia 12:48:84
4. Christof Wandratsch (53) Germany 12:54:46
5. Paul Eugen Dorin Georgescu (41) Romania 13:02:04
6. James Leitch (44) Great Britain 13:16:73
7. Albert Sobirov (41) Russia 13:42:21
8. Remigiusz Golebiowski (43) Poland 13:57:69
9. Stefan Runge (52) Germany 14:03:52
10. Pavel Bainov (33) Russia 14:20:26
11. Diego López Dominguez (38) Spain 14:23:66
12. Kubiak Krzysztof (30) Poland 14:24:59

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A Truly Special Open Water Competition In Abu Dhabi

Courtesy of WOWSA, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The 2019 Special Olympics World Games is nearly complete with its final day tomorrow in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

For three consecutive Special Olympics World Games, a 1.5 km open water swim has been held. The first one as in Athens, Greece and the second one was held in Long Beach, California.

More than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries competed in 24 sports in Abu Dhabi, the first time that the event was held in the Middle East. While the Daily News of Open Water Swimming did not receive any information on the results of the competition, the following athletes participated on the March 16th event including long-time open water swimmer from Wicklow, Ireland 39-year-old Aisling Beacom of Ireland [shown above]:

Wetsuit 1.5 km Competition
* Benjamin Lloyd-James Morrison (27) Australia
* Ethan Michael Chan (24) Australia
* Wessel Everloo (29) Netherlands
* Armando Jose Rentas (21) Puerto Rico
* Stefan Red Weidner (42) Germany
* Vitalii Khovanets (28) Ukraine
* Jaakko Mikkonen (22) Finland
* Alec Brice Cox (23) Cayman Islands
* Arseniy Polokhaylo (21) Ukraine
* Mikhail Tetenkin (17) Russia
* Isaac Hambleton (18) United Arab Emirates
* Guy Wartikowsky (34) Israel
* Alejandro Luis Batlle (33) Dominican Republic
* Jeremy Vernon Gawne (25) Australia
* Kevin Roberto Manzano (25) Ecuador
* Joel Hambleton (21) United Arab Emirates
* Pablo Manuel Ortega (42) Dominican Republic
* Connor Gerald McClorey (22) Ireland
* Roger Crawford (22) St. Kitts & Nevis
* Henry Liversage (32) South Africa
* David Tsori (23) Kenya
* Acakurumi Nakavulevu Turagakece (27) Fiji
* Juan Alejandro Cortorreal (35) Dominican Republic
* Conor Macaauley-Conway (16) United Arab Emirates
* Lee Scharf (41) USA
* Stefan Anthony Narine Singh (28) Trinidad & Tobago
* Marco Basso (31) Italy
* Lemuel Hobson (34) St. Kitts & Nevis
* Alessandro Angelotti (38) Italy
* Roggers Donha Doni Agenorwoth (19) Uganda
* Shania Teniell Surujbally (19) Trinidad & Tobago
* Franziska Angelika Maja Gabriele Braendlein (22) Germany
* Sumi Khatun (16) Bangladesh
* Sandy Ella May Elizabeth Freeman (23) Australia
* Pooja Kalpesh Vira (22) Bharat
* Lourette Seyffert (36) South Africa
* Gina Grant (21) USA
* Aisling Beacom (39) Ireland
* Kadian Kim Ingleton (29) Jamaica
* Miranda Albers (19) Netherlands
* Annemieke Visch (35) Netherlands
* Ela Zohar (31) Israel
* Jennifer Mitchell (39) USA
* Eneida Torres (27) Puerto Rico
* Reina Astrid Curiel (25) Dominican Republic
* Camilla Suryanarayan Patnaik (18) Bharat
* Pooja Devji Patel (20) Bharat Female 20

1.5 km Unified Open Water Swim
* Sara Menardo (24) Italy
* Cristina de Tullio (54) Italy
* Abel Castro Martins (27) Brazil
* Gutemberg de Souza Ferraz (35) Brazil
* Wilbert Guzman (23) Puerto Rico
* Alexander Rosas (16) Puerto Rico
* Adriana Sotela (26) Costa Rica
* Daniela Solano (26) Costa Rica
* Adam Greig Stewart (34) Gibraltar
* Darren Grech (50) Gibraltar
* Kaique Augusto Pincela (23) Brazil
* Thais Aoki Saito (36) Brazil
* Rasheed Nathan Lawrence (12) Cayman Islands
* Lee Paul Hart (35) Cayman Islands
* Matias Fabian Rojas (29) Uruguay
* Maximiliano Marenco (31) Uruguay
* Luis Alfonso Vasquez (31) Costa Rica
* Carlos Sequiera (42) Costa Rica
* Silvio Wuensche (40) Germany
* Joerg Breske (52) Germany
* Claudia Goebel (37) Germany
* Dagmar Brit Breske (50) Germany
* Karla Janel Rico (17) Puerto Rico
* Gia Gonzalez (20) Puerto Rico
* Kanza Rose Bodden (23) Cayman Islands
* Jennifer Lisa Powell (31) Cayman Islands
* Jose Ignacio Cabrera (28) Mexico
* Jose Tomas Ramirez (37) Mexico
* Yaroslavi Romero (37) Mexico
* Adriana Moreno (45) Mexico

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Memories From Murmansk

Courtesy of Colin Hill, Murmansk, Russia.

FINA delegate Colin Hill not only finished second overall in the men's 500m freestyle at the International Ice Swimming Association 3rd World Championship and Ice Swimming Arctic Cup [see video below], but he also promoted and videotaped all kinds of scenes and swimmers in Murmansk, Russia last week.

"I’ve mixed a few races together to make up this video as I wanted to show a race from start to finish to try and capture the excitement and experience," Hill explained from the 2019 International Ice Swimming Association championships.

500m Freestyle Top 10 Male Results
1. Paul Eugen Dorin Georgescu (41) Romania 6:07:22
2. Colin Hill (49) Great Britain 6:47.83
3. Stefan Runge (52) Germany 6:47:84
4. Pavel Bainov (33) Russia 6:48.67
5. Mario Fernandez Gorgojo (40) Spain 6:50:47
6. Kubiak Krzysztof (30) Poland 7:02.38
7. López Diego (38) Spain 7:03.84
8. Biankowski Piotr (44) Poland 7:03.94
9. Akulov Denis (48) Russia 7:38.11
10. Jakub Valnicek (49) Czech Republic 7:41:34

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