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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Grrrrrrr ... Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim Returns

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The 28th annual Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim in Lake Tahoe, California will be held on March 5th.

As usual, hundreds of spectators are expected to line the pier and deck at Gar Woods Grill & Pier in Carnelian Bay to watch dozes of hardy souls swim 250 yards out and back to the end of the pier in the typically sub-5ºC (41ºF) waters of Lake Tahoe.

Kimberly Moore, Marketing Director of the Tahoe Restaurant Collection, explains, "Following the swim, participants have access to hot tubs so they can warm their bodies while the hugely popular raffle is going on in the bar. Complementary appetizers are provided to all following the race and cash prizes are awarded to the winning swimmers.

Swimmers can register at www.garwoods.com or you can email marketing@trctahoe.com and we will send you a registration form

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Old School Winter Swimming, Louis Lecocq

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

When we look at the award podium and record books of the winter swimming and ice swimming worlds, our eyes immediately go to the fastest and first.

World-class swimmers like Christof Wandratsch of Germany who won the recent 1 km race at the Big Chill Swim Winter Swimming Gala in 12 minutes 42 seconds are impressive. Inspirationally so.

But so are swimmers like Louis Lecocq of Cool Huy team in Belgium who finished the 120m in 2:16.64 and the 1 km swim in 26:10.31 under strong winds, overcast skies, and in 6.4ºC (43.5ºF).

Lecocq swims both breaststroke and freestyle during his races, but always does so without goggles. "I do not like the fog inside the goggles," he explains.

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Sarchet Swimming Strong

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Adrian Sarchet (black hat above) spends much of his hours on dryland as a solicitor. He was called as an Advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in 2002.

But when he ventures past the shorelines of the world, he turns into an adventurer extraordinaire.

Besides completing 4 of the 7 channels in the Oceans Seven (English Channel + Catalina Channel + Strait of Gibraltar + North Channel), he has also completed circumnavigations around the island of Guernsey and the island of Jersey and completed 1 km winter swims at the Big Chill Swim in Windermere, England.

Adrian Sarchet is shown with International Winter Swimming Association founder Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen and Henri Kaarma at the Big Chill Swim International Winter Swimming World Cup.

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Swimming In The Wake Of His Father

Photo courtesy of Nuala Moore in Windermere, England.

Danil Brylin is a 17-year-old winter swimmer from Siberia, Russia who competed in the 450m race at the 2016 Big Chillswim Winter Swimming Gala in Windermere, England.

He bears a striking resemblance to another Russian ice swimmer. And not without very good reason.

Earlier, Danil had accepted the 2015 WOWSA Award on behalf of his father, the famed ice swimmer and recipient of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Award, Alexandr Brylin.

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Induction Ceremonies To Be Delayed

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has its new headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

The city of Santa Clara will postpone its International Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies from June to either October or November due to an unexpected conflict with a major soccer tournament, Copa America Centenario.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame CEO Bruce Wigo explained the situation to Swimming World Magazine, “The City of Santa Clara and Levi Stadium were selected by CONCACAF, the continental governing body for association football (soccer) in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, to host the Copa America. We have tried to work things out, but realize that the impact of these games and the crowds they will attract will just be too disruptive for our attendees as the events were scheduled to take place in the same general area as Levi Stadium.”

The Class of 2016 to be honored in Santa Clara cludes Olympic 10K Marathon Swim gold medalist Larisa Ilchenko from Russia [shown above] and marathon swimmers Desmond Renford from Australia and Monique Wildschut from the Netherlands.

The ISHOF wrote about Ilchenko, "Russian long distance swimmer, Larisa Ilchenko has won eight World Championships and gold at the 2008 Olympic Games at age 19. She has dominated long distance swimming since her first World Championship in Dubai in 2004, where, aged just 16, she won by over 30 seconds. She won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the 10 km, using her trademark closing kick after being behind the leaders for 9,900 of the 10,000 swim."

Previously inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in the Class of 2011, the personable Russian star won a total of eight FINA World Championships between 2005 and 2008 - all coming from behind in the very last part of the race. She dramatically used her kick, called The Ilchenko, to outsprint Keri-Anne Payne and Cassandra Patton at the inaugural 10 km marathon swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the age 19.

Starting her winning ways at the age of 16, she won her world championships in all kinds of venues and against all comers. Her first was in Dubai in a river in 2004, the next was in a rowing basin in Montreal in 2005. She followed that up with 2 golds in the Mediterranean Sea in Napoli, Italy in 2006. In 2007, she won in rough conditions swimming over swarms of jellyfish in St. Kilda Beach in Port Phillip, Melbourne, Australia, and in 2008, she was in Sevilla, Spain.

She announced her retirement in 2010, but she has not drifted too far away from the open water community. The young mother currently organizes the 3-stage Champions Cup in Moscow, Lipetsk and Volgograd.

Ilchenko's Career Highlights:

2004 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships - 5 km in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Gold: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 1:03:11.9
Silver: Ksenia Popova (Russia) 1:03:43.8
Bronze: Sara McLarty (USA) 1:03:52.9

2005 FINA World Swimming Championships - 5 km in Montreal, Canada
Gold: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 55:40.1
Silver: Margy Keefe (USA) 55:44.3
Bronze: Edith van Dijk (Netherlands) 55:46.6

2006 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships - 5 km in Napoli, Italy
Gold: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 1:08:19.7
Silver: Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) 1:08:27.6
Bronze: Britta Kamrau-Corestein (Germany) 1:08:46.3

2006 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships - 10 km in Napoli, Italy
Gold: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 2:19:40.9
Silver: Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) 2:19:59.3
Bronze: Ksenia Popova (Russia) 2:19:59.8

2007 FINA World Swimming Championships - 5 km in Melbourne, Australia
Gold: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 1:00:41.3
Silver: Ekaterina Seliverstova (Russia) 1:00:43.6
Bronze: Kate Brookes-Peterson (Australia) 1:00:47.9

2007 FINA World Swimming Championships - 10 km in Melbourne, Australia
Gold: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 2:03:57.9
Silver: Cassandra Patten (Great Britain) 2:03:58.9
Bronze: Kate Brookes-Peterson (Australia) 2:03:59.5

2008 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships - 5 km in Sevilla, Spain
Gold: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 1:00:04.6
Silver: Ekaterina Seliverstova (Russia) 1:00:07.8
Bronze: Chloe Sutton (USA) 1:00:09.9

2008 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships - 10 km in Sevilla, Spain
Gold: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 2:02:02.7
Silver: Cassandra Patten (Great Britain) 2:02:05.8
Bronze: Yurema Requena (Spain) 2:02:07.2

2008 Beijing Olympic Games Women's Results
Gold: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 1:59:27.7
Silver: Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) 1:59:29.2
Bronze: Cassandra Patten (Great Britain) 1:59:31.0
4. Angela Maurer (Germany) 1:59:31.9
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:59:36.8
6. Swann Oberson (Switzerland) 1:59:36.9
7. Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) 1:59:37.4
8. Jana Pechanová (Czech Republic) 1:59:39.7
9. Andreína del Valle Pinto Pérez (Venezuela) 1:59:40.0
10. Martina Grimaldi (Italy) 1:59:40.7
11. Marianna Lymperta (Greece) 1:59:42.3
12. Teja Zupan (Slovenia) 1:59:43.7
13. Yurema Requena (Spain) 1:59:46.9
14. Edith van Dijk (Netherlands) 2:00:02.8
15. Melissa Gorman (Australia) 2:00:33.6
16. Natalie du Toit South Africa 2:00:49.9
17. Daniela Inácio (Portugal) 2:00:59.0
18. Eva Berglund (Sweden) 2:01:05.0
19. Fang Yanqiao (China) 2:01:07.9
20. Imelda Martínez (Mexico) 2:01:07.9
21. Aurelie Muller (France) 2:02:04.1
22. Chloe Sutton (United States) 2:02:13.6
23. Natalya Samorodina (Ukraine) 2:10:41.6
24. Antonella Bogarin (Argentina) 2:11:35.9
DNF Kristel Köbrich (Chile)

2009 FINA World Swimming Championships - 5 km in Ostia, Rome, Italy
Gold: Melissa Gorman (Australia)
Silver: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia)
Bronze: Poliana Okimoto (Brazil)

Among the 17 luminaries to be honored, Desmond Robert Renford, M.B.E. of Australia was selected posthumously.

The ISHOF wrote about the Australian who was perfect - going 19 for 19 in his English Channel attempts. "Des Renford was born in Australia on the 52nd anniversary of the very first Channel swim, achieved in 1875 by Matthew Webb. He took up marathon swimming at the age of 39 and from 1975 to part of 1980, he crossed the English Channel 19 times in 19 attempts and wore the title King of the Channel®, which is accorded the swimmer with the most crossings.

For his exploits in the Channel, he was awarded the M.B.E., Order of the British Empire. Australians remember their Channel swimming sporting legend, who died in 1999, through the Des Renford Aquatic and Leisure Center in Marouba, a suburb of Sydney

His English Channel crossings included three in 10 days in 1980.

English Channel Crossing Career:
1. August 9th 1970: E/F in 13 hours 9 minutes with pilot R. T. Brickell, observer F. Gill
2. 27 August 27th 1970: E/F in 12 hours 55 minutes with pilot R. T. Brickell, observer F. Gill
3. July 22nd 1972: F/E in 13 hours 30 minutes with pilot R. T. Brickell, observer M. Morford
4. August 19th 1972: E/F in 12 hours 59 minutes with pilot R. T. Brickell, observer P. Frayne
5. August 13th 1974: E/F in 12 hours 41 minutes with pilot V. Noakes, observer R. Scott
6. September 11th 1974: E/F in 14 hours 2 minutes with pilot V. Noakes, observer C. Dewberry
7. July 29th 1975: F/E in 14 hours 22 minutes with pilot B. Reed, observer M. Morford
8. August 3rd 1975 E/F in 13 hours 8 minutes with pilot R. T. Brickell, observer R.W. Brickell
9. September 1st 1975: E/F in 13 hours 12 minutes with pilot R. T. Brickell, observer R.W. Brickell
10. August 4th 1976: E/F in 12 hours 2 minutes with pilot R. T. Brickell, observer P. Cox
11. July 21st 1977: E/F in 13 hours 35 minutes with with pilot R. T. Brickell, observer R.W. Brickell
12. August 12th 1978: E/F in 12 hours 33 minutes with pilot V. Noakes, observer R. Scott
13. August 22nd 1978: E/F in 14 hours 1 minute with pilot B. Wellard on the New Venture
14. August 4th 1979: E/F in 11 hours 42 minutes with pilot R. T. Brickell, observer A. Floyd
15. August 28th 1979: E/F in 14 hours 9 minutes with pilot C. Cook on the Telstar
16. September 4th 1979: E/F in 12 hours 43 minutes with pilot V. Noakes, observer F. Richards
17. August 8th 1980: E/F in 14 hours 54 minutes with pilot V. Noakes, observer J. Nicholas
18. August 18 1980: E/F in 15 hours 10 minutes with pilot R. T. Brickell, observer R. Brickell
19. August 23rd 1980: E/F in 13 hours 48 minutes with pilot P. Reed, observer M. Palmer

The ISHOF wrote about Wildschut's marathon swimming record, "Monique Wildschut, a tall and powerful swimmer from the Netherlands, was the six-time World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation champion from 1983 to 1988. In 1983 she was the overall winner of the Atlantic City Marathon and was second overall in the 64 km Traversée Internationale du Lac St-Jean in Canada. As a solo swimmer, she crossed the English Channel twice and had the fastest swim of the year in 1984.."

Wildschut from the Netherlands was previously inducted in 1993 as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame for both her competitive victories and fast solo channel crossings.

Wildschut dominated the women’s marathon swimming professional circuit from the mid-1980’s to the early 1990’s when she was the 6-time World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation champion from 1983 to 1988. She also crossed the English Channel twice: first in 1982 in 8 hours 44 minutes and then in 1984 in the fastest swim of the year in 8 hours 19 minutes.

She was also the fastest woman at the 32 km (20-mile) Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean in Canada in 7 hours 46 minutes in 1983 and finished second overall at the 64 km (40-mile) Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean double-crossing race in 17 hours 28 minutes in 1989. Wildschut swam in an era where professional marathon swimmers simply swam from point to point without drafting and positioning in large packs - and women went head-to-head against the men.

She won the 1983 Atlantic City Marathon Swim in Absecon Island in New Jersey and set the Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog record with a new women’s record of 9 hours 41 minutes 11 seconds in 1984.

She recently authored a 140-page book Ontberingen van een marathonzwemster (or Rigors of a marathon swimmer in English) that was released in 2015 (see here).

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Big Three Race Head-to-Head In 6.4ºC Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Video shows mid-race at the men's Big Chill Swim in Windermere in rough 6.4ºC (43.5ºF) between Christof Wandratsch (middle lane who finished in 12:42.27), Henri Kaarma (right lane finished in 13:50.48), and Paul Smith (left lane finished in 14:08.20).

Results of the 1 km race at the 2016 Big Chill Swim Winter Swimming Gala are shown here.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

To Swim Or Not To Swim, That Is The Question

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

After completing a 1 km winter swim at the 2016 Big Chill Swim in Windermere, England, 23-year-old Julian Taylor pondered the question in the post-race sauna if he will ever swim the 1 km again...

...you better believe it [after his 15 minute 56 second effort in the 6.4ºC (43.5ºF) water].

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Head Down After 0.5ºC, Head Up After 6.4ºC

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Put Ger Kennedy in 1 km at 0.5ºC (32.9ºF) water in -20ºC (-4ºF) air and he feels the painful sensations of hypothermia and the after drop.

Refer to above photo by Shamil Tanna in the recovery room in March 2015 after a 1 km 0.5ºC swim.

But put Kennedy in the 6.4ºC (43.5ºF) water of Windermere at the 2016 Big Chill Swim 1 km event and he was confident before and all smiles later.

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Orange Is The New Hat

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

We often see race volunteers of big open water swims wearing colorful t-shirts identifying themselves as staff or volunteers. They are the generously minded people who help swimmers at events.

But at the Big Chill Swim in Windermere, we loved how the volunteers were easily identified by their bright orange hats.

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The Effects Of Swimming Long In Very Cold Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The raccoon eyes of open water swimmers are an example of an extreme goggle tan where the swimmer's temple and skin around their eyes is of pronounced paleness relative to the rest of their face.

Normally, the relative paleness is due to sunshine because the area outside the eye area has been suntanned by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation by the sun.

But when some ice swimmers are in cold water for prolonged periods of time, there is an interesting phenomena: raccoon eyes appear temporarily.

Photos above show the renowned Henri Kaarma of Estonia after his 1 km Big Chill Swim in Windermere in 6.4ºC (43.5ºF) water.

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Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Lewis Pugh talking about his swim in the North Pole.

Lewis Pugh talking about his swim on Mount Everest.

Lewis Pugh talking about his swim in the Maldives.

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

After headlining the WOWSA Awards and cheering on his ice swimming colleagues at the Big Chill Swim and International Winter Swimming Association World Cup in Windermere, England, Lewis Pugh took off to Dubai where he delivered a similar inspirational speech to many of the world's political leaders and luminaries from around the world.

Pugh spoke about his pioneering swims in the North Pole, the Maldives and Mount Everest along with his underlying messages of speaking out on injustices and a core belief that achievement of the impossible is possible for everyone.

With American President Barack Obama in attendance at the World Government Summit, Pugh delivered right on cue.

Listening to his speech in Windermere and observing the ice swimmers at the International Winter Swimming Association World Cup, it was easy and apparent to see how these ice swimmers are comfortable being uncomfortable.

They know precisely how uncomfortably painful the cold water and icy conditions will be. Yet, they enter the water - not only in competition amid fanfare, but also in training in the privacy of their local venues - willingly. They regularly subject themselves to levels of discomfort that few people in the world willingly do.

In modern society where escalators and elevators, microwave ovens and convenience stores, heated car seats and mobile apps are used to make life easier, the value of pushing oneself out of your comfort zone both physically and mentally is becoming more and more important and valued by physicians, researchers and scientists.

As Pugh explains, "Our ancestors walked, climbed mountains, cut down trees, hunted, lifted heavy objects to build shelters, and ate healthy foods."

But modern society offers fast food and all kinds of means and equipment to make physical living easier. "The irony is that comfort and safety appear to reduce longevity," observes Pugh. "It seems that the drive to seek comfort and safety become very strong when you hit your 40’s. It is wired into our DNA."

But clearly unlike the ice swimmers who are striving to push personal boundaries to extreme levels, many people in today's world appear to have lost the motivation and the self discipline to seek new goals and push boundaries...at least to the extent of an increasing number of ice swimmers.

But anyone and everyone can develop a drive to push their own boundaries, either on dryland or in the water. That drive is defined by many ways, but one that is seen often in Okinawa, Japan is the Japanese concept of ikigai (生き甲斐).

Okinawa is the well-known, well-researched location on Earth where its residents live the longest on the planet. Their love of the ocean and passion for what they do in life is profoundly impressive. Whatever they do, they do with an heartfelt fervor and genuine eagerness. It is a love of life that is also clearly expressed by the actions of the ice swimmers from Tyumen and Tallin, Memphremagog to Murmansk.

Among the ice swimmers around the world, there is a strong concept of not only being comfortable being uncomfortable, but also an inherent presence of ikigai - where a sense of purpose and a healthful longevity is two clear long-term benefits.

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Rachele Bruni Kicks Off 2016 Where She Wants To Finish

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

能ある鷹は爪を隠す in Japanese is a proverb that can be translated to English as 'A skilled falcon hides its talons'.

That is currently the case for many of the world's fastest women in the open water.

2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swimming finalists including Aurélie Muller, Sharon van Rouwendaal, Ana Marcela Cunha, Anastasiia Krapivina, Isabelle Härle, Kalliopi Araouzou, Haley Anderson, and Éva Risztov purposefully missed the opening leg of the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit.

Even other competitive 2016 Olympic aspirants like Keri-Anne Payne, Erika Villaecija, Melissa Gorman, Yumi Kida, Heidi Gan and Cecilia Biagioli are focused on training hard in their home countries, preparing for the final Olympic qualifier in June set for Portugal.

The world's top women's marathon swimmers will all gather once again at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympics.

But meanwhile the FINA World Cup circuit goes on.

Defending champion Rachele Bruni of Italy did not mind taking off some time during her rigorous training to return to Patagones-Viedma in Argentina and race. Polina Okimoto, the only other 2016 Olympic qualifier, gave her a good battle, but ultimately fell short of the defending 2015 FINA World Cup champion.

1 Rachele Bruni (Italy) 2:06:11.50
2 Polina Okimoto (Brazil) 2:06:15.00
3 Samantha Arevalo Salinas (Ecuador) 2:06:22.72
4 Paola Valentina Perez Sierra (Venezuela) 2:06:23.08
5 Adeline Furst (France) 2:06:54.69
6 Angela Maurer (Germany 2:07:00.75
7 Daria Kulik (Russia) 2:07:02.29
8 Angelica Andre (Portugal) 2:07:33.97
9 Cecilia Biagioli (Argentina) 2:07:35.72
10 Ophelie Aspord (France) 2:07:51.25
11 Emily Bruneman (USA) 2:07:51.84
12 Astrid Mercedes Iturbe Franzius (Venezuela) 2:07:52.37
13 Liliana Hernandez Vera (Venezuela) 2:08:00.28
14 Silvie Rybarova (Czech Republic) 2:08:44.10
15 Karelis Del Carmen Clemant Materano (Venezuela) 2:09:16.74
16 Nataly Rosana Caldas Calle (Ecuador) 2:09:20.06
17 Caroline Jouisse (France) 2:09:50.12
18 Julia Arino (Argentina) 2:10:20.50
19 Florencia Mazzei (Argentina) 2:12:25.06
20 Esther Nuñez (Spain) 2:13:08.68
21 Geijo Pilar (Argentina) 2:14:22.65
22 Stephanie Karin Romero Serwatka (Argentina) 2:15:21.81
23 Puca Mayte Ailen (Argentina) 2:16:38.93
24 Celeste Puñet (Argentina) 2:19:49.49

The remaining 2016 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup events are as follows:

2. Abu Dhabi (UAE) – February 26th
3. Balatonfured (HUN) – June 18th
4. Lac St-Jean (CAN) – July 28th
5. Lac Megantic (CAN) – August 13th
6. Chun’An (CHN) – October 9th
7. Honk Kong (HKG) – October 15th

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Alex Meyer Victorious In Viedma...Twice

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

After winning the sprint race earlier in the week, 2012 Olympian Alex Meyer of the USA came back and won a close battle over 2016 Olympian and defending champion Simone Ruffini and his Italian 2016 Olympic teammate Federico Vanelli at the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup (Maraton Patagones-Viedma International Open Water Swim) in Viedma, Argentina this past weekend.

1 Alex Meyer (USA) 1:55:44.72
2 Simone Ruffini (Italy) 1:55:45.44
3 Federico Vanelli (Italy) 1:55:47.31
4 Diego Armando Vera Delgado (Venezuela) 1:55:49.74
5 Axel Reymond (France) 1:55:50.15
6 Damien Cattin Vidal (France) 1:56:10.54
7 Esteban Enderica Salgado (Ecuador) 1:56:15.10
8 Daniel Delgadillo Faizal (Mexico) 1:56:17.02
9 Mario Sanzullo (Italy) 1:56:18.20
10 Martin Miguel Carrizo Yunges (Argentina) 1:56:22.02
11 Erwin Maldonado (Venzuela) 1:56:26.10
12 Benjamin Bratu (France) 1:56:26.42
13 Guillermo Vittorio Bertola (Argentina) 1:56:29.46
14 Ivan Alejandro Enderica Ochoa (Ecuador) 1:56:30.01
15 Christian Reichert (Germany) 1:56:30.68
16 Luis Fernando Bolaños (Venezuela) 1:56:33.17
17 Wilder Alfonzo Carreño Mendoza (Venezuela) 1:56:35.61
18 Chip Peterson (USA) 1:56:43.43
19 Juan Segovia (Venezuela) 1:56:47.53
20 Andrea Bianchi (Italy) 1:56:51.36
21 Santiago Raul Enderica Salgado (Ecuador) 1:57:05.69
22 Diogo Villarinho (Brazil) 1:57:35.70
23 Gabriel Villagoyz (Argentina) 1:57:36.21
24 Vitaly Khudykov (Kazakhstan) 1:57:36.81
25 Johndry Jose Segovia Ramos (Venezuela) 1:57:38.46
26 Logan Fontaine (France) 1:57:45.96
27 Guillaume Boscher (France) 1:57:52.15
28 Rafael Gil (Portugal) 1:57:57.83
29 Hugo Ribeiro (Portugal) 1:58:50.04
30 Damian Blaum (Argentina) 2:00:01.70
31 Tomi Stefanovsku (Macedonia) 2:00:38.72
32 Gaspar Vasco (Portugal) 2:01:10.89
33 Aquiles Balaudo (Argentina) 2:02:09.12
34 Aleksandar Ilievski (Macedonia) 2:07:37.91
35 Rodrigo Caballero (Bolivia) 2:07:59.41
36 Fausto Emanuel Brondo (Argentina) 2:13:55.84
DSQ Sergei Fesenko (Argentina)
DSQ Jaime Arevalo (Bolivia)
DSQ Joaquin Alejandro Moreno Muñoz (Argentina)

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Examples Of Why Open Water Swimming Is So Important

Butterflies Swimming In The 24 Hour Relay In SF

24 Hour Relay in SF 2016 from Lisa Amorao on Vimeo.

Report courtesy of Suzie Dods, 24 Hour Relay in San Francisco, California.

It was all difficult: 24 straight hours swimming as relay members in Aquatic Park in San Francisco, California. Non-stop swimming, napping and eating.

But Madhuri Yechuri of India made it especially difficult for herself as she swam all her legs butterfly.

"The food was great; the water temperature was great about 53ºF, and the weather was great," said Suzie Dods. "It got a little cool about 5 am, but nothing terrible. It was a little windy about 5 to 10 pm, but flattened out."

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Jumping In And Out Of 1.2°C Water In NYC

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Winter swimmers kept on getting in and out of the 1.2°C (34.3°F) water of the Hudson River at the 2016 United States Winter Swimming Association (USWSA) National Championships.

But the swimmers were not quitting or calling it a day. They had not reached the limit of their potential; rather, they were getting in and out of the frigid conditions because they wanted to participate in several races over a long day.

In collaboration with the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, the USWSA brought winter swimming and America's best ice swimmers from New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Montana to its biggest city to compete in 25m, 50m, 100m and 200m events. Additionally, experienced veteran winter swimmers participated from Finland, Latvia, Russia, UK, and Canada.

Women's 200m Freestyle Results @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
Melissa O'Reilly (30 - 39 age group) USA, 3:01.76
Janet Harris (50 - 59) USA, 3:15.88
Daina Bouquin (20 - 29) USA, 3:19.20
Kellie Latimer (30 - 39) USA, 3:23.94
Jaimie Monahan (30 - 39) USA, 3:25.00
Devon Clifford (20 - 29) USA, 3:31.65
Janet Manning (50 - 59) USA, 3:37.72
Cara McAteer (40 - 49) USA, 3:42.50
Ozlen Luznar (40 - 49) USA, 3:46.75
Helen Lin (30 - 39) USA, 3:48.03
Martina Pavlicova (40 - 49) USA, 4:36.84
Sarah Watson (30 - 39) USA, 5:02.50
Jacqueline Cobell (60 - 69) UK, 5:08.56
Talya Tibbon (40 - 49) USA, 5:10.66
Sharon Gunderson (40 - 49) USA, 5:11.59
Capri Djatiasmoro (60 - 69) USA, 5:12.50

Men's 200m Freestyle Results @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
Mark Johnston (50 - 59) USA, 2:55.62
Elias Falcon (40 - 49) USA, 3:13.40
Yuta Tsuboi (40 - 49) Japan, 3:13.84
Arik Thormahlen (30 - 39) USA, 3:17.47
Ed Gabriels (50 - 59) USA, 3:18.44
Kenn Lichtenwalter (50 - 59) USA, 3:31.37
Raul Vergara (50 - 59) Chile, 3:43.03
Aleksandr Jakovlevs (40 - 49) Latvia, 3:46.62
David Bosch (50 - 59) USA, 4:20.59
Roman Karkachev (40 - 49) Russia, 4:32.88
Silverio Bracaglia (60 - 69) USA, 4:36.91
Josh Kalin (40 - 49) USA, 5:01.82
Elliot Reed (30 - 39) USA, 6:15.20

Women's 25m Breaststroke Results @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
Jaimie Monahan (30 - 39) USA, 22.97
Kellie Latimer (30 - 39) USA, 24.25
Janet Harris (50 - 59) USA, 24.78
Lynne Mulkerrin (40 - 49) USA, 25.37
Janet Manning (50 - 59) USA, 25.69
Helen Lin (30 - 39) USA, 28.81
Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen (50 - 59) Finland, 29.47
Ozlen Luznar (40 - 49) USA, 29.60
Martina Pavlicova (40 - 49) USA, 30.65
Sarah Watson (30 - 39) USA, 36.96
Olivia Bradley (10 - 19) USA, 39.27
Capri Djatiasmoro (60 - 69) USA, 47.85

Men's 25m Breaststroke Results @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
Mark Johnston (50 - 59) USA, 20.33
Aleksandr Jakovlevs (40 - 49) Latvia, 20.94
Roman Karkachev (40 - 49) Russia, 22.72
Ed Gabriels (50 - 59) USA, 24.19
George Glum (50 - 59) USA, 30.76
Iosif Plagov (80 - 89) USA, 37.94
William Bradley (40 - 49) USA, 42.43
Seth Bronstein (60 - 69) USA, 53.08

Women's 50m Freestyle Results @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
Daina Bouquin (20 - 29) USA, 37.25
Jaimie Monahan (30 - 39) USA, 38.84
Lynne Mulkerrin (40 - 49) USA, 39.00
Kellie Latimer (30 - 39) USA, 39.44
Janet Harris (50 - 59) USA, 39.90
Devon Clifford (20 - 29) USA, 41.44
Elena Pavlova (20 - 29) USA, 42.84
Kathryn Swimm (20 - 29), USA, 43.50
Janet Manning (50 - 59) USA, 44.16
Helen Lin (30 - 39) USA, 44.72
Caroline Block (30 - 39) USA, 45.39
Talya Tibbon (40 - 49) USA, 50.41
Ozlen Luznar (40 - 49) USA, 54.00
Jacqueline Cobell (60 - 69) UK, 59.29
Sarah Watson (30 - 39) USA, 1:03.97
Laura Nattress (50 - 59) USA, 1:05.88
Capri Djatiasmoro (60 - 69) USA, 1:06.84
Brynna Tucker (30 - 39) USA, 1:16.59
Rena Demeo (40 - 49) USA, 1:22.84

Men's 50m Freestyle Results @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
Matt Judge (50 - 59) USA, 30.31
Elias Falcon (40 - 49) USA, 34.26
Mark Johnston (50 - 59), 34.44
Yuta Tsuboi (40 - 49), Japan 35.00
Greg O'Connor (40 - 49) USA, 36.00
Ed Gabriels (50 - 59) USA, 38.32
Edward Riley (50 - 59) USA, 41.62
Kenn Lichtenwalter (50 - 59) USA, 44.21
David Bosch (50 - 59) USA, 46.09
Dale Allan (40 - 49) England, 47.68
George Glum (50 - 59) USA, 50.45
Robert Bailey (40 - 49) USA, 50.82
Ted Neumann (50 - 59) USA, 52.14
Silverio Bracaglia (60 - 69), USA 54.31
Josh Kalin (40 - 49) USA, 57.04
Paul Martin (50 - 59) USA, 57.47
Women's 50m Breaststroke Results @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
Jaimie Monahan (30 - 39) USA, 50.44
Janet Harris (50 - 59) USA, 51.32
Janet Manning (50 - 59) USA, 51.72
Kellie Latimer (30 - 39) USA, 52.22
Elena Pavlova (20 - 29) USA, 53.03
Lynne Mulkerrin (40 - 49) USA, 56.39
Helen Lin (30 - 39) USA, 01:01.70
Martina Pavlicova (40 - 49) USA, 1:07.19
Ozlen Luznar (40 - 49) USA, 1:08.19
Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen (50 - 59) Finland, 1:09.69
Brynna Tucker (30 - 39) USA, 1:12.09
Deborah Durbin (20 - 29) Canada, 1:15.19
Sarah Watson (30 - 39) USA, 1:21.82
Capri Djatiasmoro (60 - 69) USA, 1:35.96
Men's 50m Breaststroke Results @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
Mark Johnston (50 - 59) USA, 45.33
Aleksandr Jakovlevs (40 - 49) Latvia, 45.97
Roman Karkachev (40 - 49) Russia, 50.88
Ed Gabriels (50 - 59) USA, 59.75
Silverio Bracaglia (60 - 69) USA, 1:11.15
Ted Neumann (50 - 59) USA, 1:13.69
Thomas McGann (60 - 69) USA, 1:23.89

Women's 100m Freestyle Results @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
Daina Bouquin (20 - 29) USA, 1:30.69
Kellie Latimer (30 - 39) USA, 1:33.38
Lynne Mulkerrin (40 - 49) USA, 1:33.97
Devon Clifford (20 - 29) USA, 1:34.50
Jaimie Monahan (30 - 39) USA, 1:39.40
Janet Harris (50 - 59) USA, 1:39.88
Janet Manning (50 - 59) USA, 1:41.69
Helen Lin (30 - 39) USA, 1:52.44
Patricia Heiss (50 - 59) USA, 1:53.03
Talya Tibbon (40 - 49) USA, 1:57.32
Ozlen Luznar (40 - 49) USA, 1:58.06
Jacquelie Cobell (60 - 69) UK, 2:25.03
Laura Nattress (50 - 59) USA, 2:32.40
Sarah Watson (30 - 39) USA, 2:35.77
Capri Djatiasmoro (60 - 69) USA, 2:38.31
Rena Demeo (40 - 49) USA, 3:14.56

Men's 100m Freestyle Results @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
Matt Judge (50 - 59) USA, 1:12.94
Elias Falcon (40 - 49) USA, 1:20.46
Mark Johnston (50 - 59) USA, 1:21.34
Greg O'Connor (40 - 49) USA, 1:21.91
Arik Thormahlen (30 - 39) USA, 1:26.75
Yuta Tsuboi (40 - 49) Japan, 1:27.78
Ed Gabriels (50 - 59) USA, 1:28.31
Kenn Lichtenwalter (50 - 59) USA, 1:40.75
David Bosch (50 - 59) USA, 1:52.63
Silverio Bracaglia (60 - 69) USA, 2:07.35
Josh Kalin (40 - 49) USA, 2:09.14

Women's 25m Freestyle Results @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
Daina Bouquin (20 - 29) USA, 17.10
Jaimie Monahan (30 - 39) USA, 17.39
Kellie Latimer (30 - 39) USA, 17.70
Lynne Mulkerrin (40 - 49) USA, 18.03
Janet Harris (50 - 59) USA, 20.31
Kathryn Swimm (20 - 29) USA, 20.82
Caroline Block (30 - 39) USA, 21.84
Helen Lin (30 - 39) USA, 22.32
Janet Manning (50 - 59) USA, 24.07
Ozlen Luznar (40 - 49) USA, 30.71
Deborah Durbin (20 - 29) Canada, 33.25
Devon Clifford (20 - 29) USA, 35.41
Olivia Bradley (10 - 19) USA, 35.51
Rena Demeo (40 - 49) USA, 36.63
Capri Djatiasmoro (60 - 69) USA, 37.09
Cathy Clarke (50 - 59) USA, 37.78

Men's 25m Freestyle Results @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
Matt Judge (50 - 59) USA, 13.64
Mark Johnston (50 - 59) USA, 15.44
Jason Eiben (30 - 39) USA, 15.63
Greg O'Connor (40 - 49) USA, 16.19
Elias Falcon (40 - 49) USA, 16.35
Yuta Tsuboi (40 - 49) Japan, 16.52
John Russell (30 - 39) USA, 17.06
Ed Gabriels (50 - 59) USA, 18.46
Edward Riley (50 - 59) USA, 18.69
Talbott Crowell (40 - 49) USA, 19.25
Robert Bailey (40 - 49) USA, 19.90
David Bosch (50 - 59) USA, 20.47
George Glum (50 - 59) USA, 20.90
Paul Martin (50 - 59) USA, 21.76
William Bradley (40 - 49) USA, 22.12
Kenn Lichtenwalter (50 - 59) USA, 22.28
David Hogarty (40 - 49) USA, 22.63
Silverio Bracaglia (60 - 69) USA, 27.30
Seth Bornstein (60 - 69) USA, 46.19
Barmabas Zeng (70 - 79) USA, 50.72

4x50 Meter Freestyle Relay - Mixed @ 34.3°F (1.2°C)
FOUNDERS (Mcvetta, O'Reilly, Vergara, Miller) 2:23.56
BRIGHTON BEACH PENGUINS (Harris, Judge, Lichtenwalter, Tsuboi) 2:28.13
NORTH EAST WEST & LIPSTICK (Johnston, Karkachev, Martin, Monahan) 2:32.41
ICE SMILES (Bouquin, Clifford, Pavlova, Thormahlen) 2:41.06
THE PETS (Gabriels, Heiss, Neumann) 2:46.38
ICICLES (Bornstein, Luznar, Manning, O'Connor) 2:56.20
SO FLY (Bouquin, Clifford, McAteer, Monahan) 2:57.50
TEAM SASSY (Bosch, Gunderson, Latimer, Tibbon) 2:57.57
BALTIMORE (Bracaglia, Crowell, Falcon, Luznar) 3:10.33

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Swim This, Swam That

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Swam That Race is a 4-race open water swimming event held in Emerson Bay, a wind-protected bay near the southern tip of west Lake Okoboji in Iowa, U.S.A.

2.5 km, 5 km, 7.5 km and 10 km races in a rectangular course are held in the 75ºF (23.8ºC) waters of the bay and are organized by Arlo Lorenz.

For more information, visit here.

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2016 Big Chill Swim Highlights

Courtesy of Big Chill Swim, Windermere, England.

Big Chill Swim 1000 Results: 1 km @ 6.4ºC

Courtesy of Big Chill Swim Winter Swimming Gala in Windermere, England.

Windermere was downright inhospitable with strong winds, overcast skies, and 6.4ºC (43.5ºF) water temperatures.

But the ice swimmers entered in the Big Chill Swim Winter Swimming Gala in Windermere, England only smiled and cheered one another on. There were no grumbles or gripes about the conditions.

"It's good."

"[6.4ºC is] balmy."

"Not bad at all."

"Just get on with it."

The strong winds blowing across the deepest section of Windermere generated whitecaps on the lake and rough water within the marina pool at Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel. As a result, the ice swimmers had to navigate turbulence in addition to having to look up because staring down into the cold inky blackness only resulted in running into the lane lines.

But the complaints were as numerous as the palm trees lining Windermere: zero.

The ice swimmers were impressive from the fastest (Christof Wandratsch of Germany in 12 minutes 42 seconds) to the least fastest (Julie Lloyd of Britain in 26 minutes 26 seconds).

But because of the rapidly increasing windy conditions, event organizer Colin Hill started to move the events forward. All the ice swimmers adapted to the situation and simply got on with it.

But world-class ice swimmers Christof Wandratsch of Germany, Henri Kaarma of Estonia and Paul Smith of the UK all decided to swim head-to-head in the same heat. It was a marvelous mano-a-mano contest in rough water conditions as Wandratsch took off in a sub-1:15 pace per 100m and never looked back.

Women's Big Chill Swim 1000 Results @ 6.4ºC (43.5ºF):
Jess Campbell (45-49 age group) 15:01.20
Wendy Figures (50-54) 15:56.56
Lucy Donnelly (40-44) 16:02.16
Jaimie Monahan (30-39) 17:37.00
Alexia O'Mara (20-29) 17:50.01
Andrea Startin (40-44) 18:05.52
Catherine Hartle (55-59) 18:07.08
Cath Pendleton (40-44) 19:19.91
Viki Brice (45-49) 20:50.57
Helen Beveridge (45-49) 21:09.20
Alison Brisby (30-39) 21:34.88
Sarah Taylor (50-54) 23:14.53
Naomi Wakeford (50-54) 24:52.02
Jackie Cobell (60-64) 25:07.33
Rosalind Edmonds (55-59) 25:09.42
Paula Cherriman (50-54) 25:27.64
Emma Cummings (40-44) 25:59.40
Victoria Moore (30-39) 26:11.36
Julie Lloyd (55-59) 26:26.73

Men's Big Chill Swim 1000 Results @ 6.4ºC (43.5ºF):
Christof Wandratsch (50-54) 12:42.27
Henri Kaarma (40-44) 13:50.48
Paul Smith (50-54) 14:08.20
Julian Taylor (20-29) 15:56.02
Tobias Hirst (30-39) 16:04.50
Graeme Lowe (50-54) 18:19.09
Stuart Hinde (50-54) 18:25.63
Ger Kennedy (45-49) 18:28.66
Adrian Sarchet (40-44) 18:43.64
David Stewart (40-44) 19:04.57
Mick Hinde (45-49) 20:13.84
Bryn Dymott (50-54) 20:45.34
Hywel Davies (45-49) 21:29.93
Mark Cohen (40-44) 23:07.06
Mike Durkin (50-54) 24:17.13
Louis Lecocq (55-59) 26:10.31

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Frank Coghlan Left A Legacy

Courtesy of Sally Coghlan McDonald, San Francisco, California.

Frank Coghlan was an American open water swimmer from California and a member of the South End Rowing Club for nearly 40 years and swam in the San Francisco Bay almost every day until he was 80 years old.

Over the course of his career, Coghlan completed over 50 Alcatraz Island crossings and dozens of swims across the Golden Gate Bridge in the tricky and dangerous tides.

His daughter Sally Coghlan McDonald recalls the legacy that her father left in the open water.

"Coghlan Beach is a small sandy beach at the end of a spit of land that forms the outer edge of the harbor behind Marina Green [in San Francisco Bay between Aquatic Park and the Golden Gate Bridge].

The beach was named for him after he was pulled in there by the tides during a long swim. He was over a mile from his destination and had to be picked up by one of the pilots. It was so foggy that day he had no idea where he was – he could not see the entrance to the harbor only a few yards away. He stood there in his Speedos and bright orange cap until one of the rowers came to get him. That may be the only time he was every picked up by a pilot boat. He was a VERY strong swimmer and finished what he started.

Needless to say, he received a lot of good-natured ribbing from the other members of the club, especially those much younger than he was. They named the beach in his honor. Though it started out as something of a joke, the name stuck. Every year since then the South End holds the Coghlan Beach Fun Swim as one of its official swims

For more information on the Coghlan Beach Fun Swim, visit the Dolphin Club website here.

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