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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Team Nadadores Locos Does Two-Way Farallones Crossing

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Kim Rutherford and Scott Tapley, observers from the Monterey Swimming Association, confirmed that Captains Brent McLain and Marino Cacciotti escorted Amy Appelhans Gubser, Kirk McKinney, Les Mangold, John Sims, Jeff Everett, and Andrew McLaughlin completed the first two-way crossing of the Farallon Islands.

"The San Francisco-based Team Nadadores Locos, a 6-person relay, swam from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands and then back to the Golden Gate Bridge, 59.4 miles in 34 hours 54 minutes," reported John Sims.

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Kris Rutford Gets Around New York Like No Other

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Kris Rutford of Nebraska completed his record-setting 21st circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island in New York City today.

His 7 hour 50 minute loop means he has swum nearly 600 total miles around one of the most famous islands in the world. "Too bad I breathe on my right and never see [the island]," wrote Rutford. "Crew Jan Callahan who has been with me for at least 15 laps and son Robert who was last on the boat in 1989 when he was not yet 2 [years old], is now 28."

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USA Wins FINA Open Water Championships Trophy

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

It only seemed a matter of time and focus for the USA Swimming to win the FINA Open Water Championships Trophy.

For a country with the most number of open water swimming events, largest number of competitive swimmers, thousands of miles of coastlines and lakes, and a history of Olympic pool swimming success, USA Swimming was bound to stake its claim as the fastest overall team at the FINA World Championships in open water swimming at some time.

This year's team included Jordan Wilimovsky (gold 10 km, 5th 5 km team pursuit), Sean Ryan (4th 10 km and 5th 5 km team pursuit), Alex Meyer (11th 5 km and silver 5 km), David Heron (6th 5 km and 10th 25 km), Ashley Twichell (9th 25 km, 5th 5 km team pursuit, and 6th 5 km), Emily Brunemann (8th 25 km), Becca Mann (14th 10 km), and Haley Anderson (9th 10 km and gold 5 km) and was led by head coach Catherine Vogt who has plenty of international coaching experience since 2005.

USA earned 108 total points in the four open water swimming events with Italy in second with 99 points and Germany in third with 94 points.

The scoring in the FINA Open Water Championships Trophy rankings is as follows: 1st place in each race receives 18 points, 2nd place receives 16 points, 3rd place 14 points, 4th place 12 points, 5th place 10 points, 6th place 8 points, 7th place 6 points, 8th place 5 points, 9th place 4 points, 10th place 3 points, 11th place 2 points, and 12th place 1 point.

2015 Championship Trophy Results:
1 United States 108
2 Italy 99
3 Germany 94
4 Brazil 63
5 Netherlands 59
6 France 53
7 Greece 40
8 Russia 38
9 Australia 33
10 Hungary 28
11 South Africa 18
12 Great Britain 16
13 Spain 15
14 Ecuador 11
15 Venezuela 10
16 Canada 5
17 Japan 2
18 Israel 1
19 Slovenia 0
19 Czech Republic 0
19 China 0
19 Malaysia 0
19 Mexico 0
19 Sweden 0
19 El Salvador 0
19 Guatemala 0
19 Hong Kong 0
19 Costa Rica 0
19 Kazakhstan 0
19 Bolivia 0
19 Ukraine 0
19 Portugal 0
19 Serbia 0
19 Peru 0
19 Slovakia 0
19 United Arab Emirates 0
19 Poland 0
19 Tunisia 0
19 New Zealand 0
19 Argentina 0
19 Austria 0
19 Ireland 0
19 Bulgaria 0
19 Egypt 0
19 Croatia 0
19 India 0
19 Fr. Yug. Rep. Macedonia 0
19 Syria 0

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Is She The Greatest?

Photos by Giorgio Perottino for Deepbluemedia. Article courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Ana Marcela Cunha not only defended her 25 km world title, but she collected her seventh career world championship medal with her 5 hour 13 minute victory in today's 25 km race.

She has demonstrated her prowess in short sprints of 5 km, her teamwork in the team event, and her stamina in the 25 km marathon swim. She is flat-out a competitor, a racer who always positions herself for victory.

15 years ago, Angela Maurer won her first world championship medal off the shores of Waikiki (Hawaii). Over the last decade and a half, the 40-year-old has consistently medaled in flat rowing basins, warm bays, and rough seas against the world's fastest marathon swimmers.

25 km marathon swim results:
1 Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) 5:13:47.3
2 Anna Olasz (HUN) 5:14:13.4
3 Angela Maurer (GER) 5:15:07.6
4 Aurélie Muller (FRA) 5:16:07.5
5 Finnia Wunram (GER) 5:19:02.5
6 Margarita Dominguez (ESP) 5:19:39.4
7 Alice Franco (ITA) 5:19:50.5
8 Emily Brunemann (USA) 5:19:51.2
9 Ashley Twichell (USA) 5:20:20.8
10 Ilaria Raimondi (ITA) 5:21:05.2
11 Olga Kozydub (RUS) 5:22:46.1
12 Jessica Walker (AUS) 5:23:33.0
13 Chelsea Gubecka (AUS) 5:28:49.2
14 Nikoletta Kiss (HUN) 5:30:36.4
15 Lenka Sterbova (CZE) 5:36:09.9
16 Dandan Yang (CHN) 5:42:19.5
17 Shiyue Cao (CHN) 6:02:49.7
DNF Silvie Rybárová (CZE)
DNF Betina Broscheitter (BRA)
DNF Julia Lucila Arino (ARG)
DNF Xeniya Romanchuk (KAZ)

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Simone Ruffini Wins Twice Big Time

Photos by Giorgio Perottino for Deepbluemedia. Article courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

It was quite a FINA World Championships for Simone Ruffini. He not only qualified for the 2016 Olympics with a seventh place finish in the 10 km race, but he also culminated the event with his first world title and a successful marriage proposal to teammate Aurora Ponsele.

After working with American Alex Meyer during the race, Ruffini passed his rival with 500 meters to go and set up his podium proposal. While standing on top of the podium during the medal ceremony, he unfurled a sign asking Ponsele to marry him. Ponsele, who finished 22nd in the 10 km earlier in the week, placed her fingers in the shape of the heart to signal a yes.

His Italian teammate, Matteo Furlan, also finished the championships in excellent fashion, winning his second bronze medal in 4:54:38. Furlan demonstrated his versatility in placing in the top three in both the sprint 5 km and the marathon 25 km.

25 km Results:
1 Simone Ruffini (ITA) 4:53:10.7
2 Alex Meyer (USA) 4:53:15.1
3 Matteo Furlan (ITA) 4:54:38.0
4 Axel Reymond (FRA) 4:55:55.8
5 Erwin Maldonado (VEN) 4:56:00.4
6 Sam Sheppard (AUS) 4:56:22.9
7 Santiago (ECU) 4:56:59.4
8 Evgenii Drattcev (RUS) 4:57:11.9
9 Alexander Studzinski (GER) 4:59:11.9
10 David Heron (USA) 5:00:11.5
11 Andreas Waschburger (GER) 5:00:19.2
12 Yuval Safra (ISR) 5:02:52.9
13 Vitaliy Khudyakov (KAZ) 5:03:16.3
14 Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD) 5:04:43.4
15 Matej Kozubek (CZE) 5:05:22.3
16 Allan Do Carmo (BRA) 5:06:27.9
17 Jarrod Poort (AUS) 5:07:44.5
18 Diogo Villarinho (BRA) 5:11:04.2
19 Vit Indeduld (CZE) 5:13:11.0
20 Daniel Szekelyi (HUN) 5:15:03.4
21 Roman Karyakin (RUS) 5:15:53.8
22 Qianpeng Ye (CHN) 5:19:01.5
23 Nico Manoussakis (RSA) 5:20:47.2
24 Saleh Mohammad (SYR) 5:31:21.1
DNF Shahar Resman (ISR)
DNF Marcel Schouten (NED)
DNF Christopher Robert Bryan (IRL)
DNF Gabriel Raul Villagoiz (ARG)
DNF Guillermo Vittorio Bertola (ARG)
DNF Zibin Zhang (CHN)
DNF Haythem Abdelkhalek (TUN)
DNF Marc-Antoine Daniel Olivier (FRA)

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Rich As Can Be Across The Bonifacio Channel

Courtesy of Water World Swim, Bonifacio Channel between France and Italy.

Water World Swim reported that one of its members, David Rich completed a 15 km crossing of the Strait of Bonifacio between France and Italy in 4 hours 56 minutes on July 8th.

For more information, read here.

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Dr Daniel Fung Rolls Onto The Triple Crown

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Daniel Fung has every reason to be too busy to train.

The physician is a specialist in the non-surgical care of spine, musculoskeletal, sports and pain disorders who focuses on interventional spine and pain procedures including epidural injections, radiofrequency ablation, nerve blocks, intradiscal treatments, platelet rich plasma injections, stem cell therapies, joint and soft tissue injections, neuromodulation and intrathecal drug delivery.

Dr. Fung currently practices medicine at The Center for Spine and Joint Restoration in Santa Monica and Los Angeles, but has devoted enough time to do a number of full Ironman triathlons and, as of today, the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

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Splashing Safely in Lakes and Oceans

Courtesy of Lane Vail for Natural Awakenings.

Bostonian avid open-water swimmer Kate Radville is delighted that water constitutes 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. “The controlled environment of a swimming pool is convenient,” she says, “but splashing around outside in the beautiful summer sunshine is undeniably liberating.”

...read more here.

Will It Be Déjà Vu For Angela Maurer In Kazan?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Consistency is usually the hallmark of marathon swimmers. But Angela Maurer has taken consistency to a unique level over the last 15 years.

At the 2000 FINA World Championships, she finished third in 5:30:08 (less than 3 seconds from gold).

In 2001, she finished third in 6:06:19 (9 minutes from gold).

In 2002, she finished second in 6:11:22 (1 second from gold).

In 2003, she finished third in 5:35:46 (3 seconds from gold).

In 2006, she finished first in 6:22:46.

In 2009, she finished first in 5:47:48. In 2011, she finished second in 5:29:25 (2 seconds from gold).

Two gold medals, two silver medals, three bronze medals over the last 15 years. What will she do in Saturday's race in Kazan, Russia against the following competition?

25 km Marathon Swim Start List
1 Anna Olasz (HUN)
2 Finnia Wunram (GER)
3 Lenka Sterbova (CZE)
4 Ashley Twichell (USA)
5 Betina Lorscheitter (BRA)
6 Xeniya Romanchuk (KAZ)
7 Ilaria Raimondi (ITA)
8 Jessica Walker (AUS)
9 Margarita Dominguez (ESP)
10 Emily Brunemann (USA)
11 Aurélie Muller (FRA)
12 Chelsea Gubecka (AUS)
13 Olga Kozydub (RUS)
14 Alice Franco (ITA)
15 Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA)
16 Angela Maurer (GER)
17 Silvie Rybárová (CZE)
18 Shiyue Cao (CHN)
19 Dandan Yang (CHN)
20 Julia Lucila Arino (ARG)
21 Nikoletta Kiss (HUN)

For background information on Maurer, visit here.

Historical Note: Gold Medalists in FINA World Championships 25 km
1991 - Shelley Taylor-Smith (AUS) 5:21:05
1994 - Melissa Cunningham (AUS) 5:48:25
1998 - Tobbie Smith (USA) 5:31:20
2000 - Edith Van Dijk (NED) 5:30:04
2001 - Viola Valli (ITA) 5:56:51
2002 - Edith Van Dijk (NED) 6:11:21
2003 - Edith Van Dijk (NED) 5:35:43
2004 - Britta Kamrau (GER) 5:43:09
2005 - Edith Van Dijk (NED) 5:25:06
2006 - Angela Maurer (GER) 6:22:46
2007 - Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER) 5:37:11
2008 - Ksenia Popova (RUS) 5:27:48
2009 - Angela Maurer (GER) 5:47:48
2010 - Linsy Heister (NED) 5:52:13
2011 - Marcela Cunha (BRA) 5:29:22

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Will University Of Tennessee Distance Guys Go 1-2 In 25K?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Does USA Swimming and University Of Tennessee coach Tyler Fenwick know something about Saturday's 25 km marathon swim at the 2015 FINA World Championship that others do not know about?

Perhaps. He certainly has a strategic plan in place.

Fenwick coaches both Alex Meyer and David Heron at the University of Tennessee and the training partners may be planning to go 1-2 in the 25 km.

Heron finished sixth and Meyer finished 11th in the 5 km race earlier in the week - and the 25 km is more in line with their talents.

But Heron and Meyer have a tough field to beat, especially including a pair of fast-swimming Frenchmen (Marc-Antoine Olivier and Alex Reymond), a pair of veteran Italians (Matteo Furlan and Simone Ruffini), an intense duo from Brazil (Diogo Villarinho and Allan Do Carmo), and the always tough Germans (Andreas Waschburger and Alexander Studzinski).

The last nine editions of the men's 25 km at the FINA World Championships have been won by nine different swimmers. Thomas Lurz of Germany, the winner in 2013, has retired.

Start list for 25 km:
1 Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD)
2 Marc-Antoine Daniel Frede Olivier (FRA)
3 Vitaliy Khudyakov (KAZ)
4 Matteo Furlan (ITA)
5 Haythem Abdelkhalek (TUN)
6 Shahar Resman (ISR)
7 Saleh Mohammad (SYR)
8 Matej Kozubek (CZE)
9 Marcel Schouten (NED)
10 Diogo Villarinho (BRA)
11 Andreas Waschburger (GER)
12 Allan Do Carmo (BRA)
13 Nico Manoussakis (RSA)
14 Alex Meyer (USA)
15 Roman Karyakin (RUS)
16 Yuval Safra (ISR)
17 Sam Sheppard (AUS)
18 David Heron (USA)
19 Axel Reymond (FRA)
20 Christopher Robert Bryan (IRL)
21 Guillermo Vittorio Bertola (ARG)
22 Vit Ingeduld (CZE)
23 Jarrod Poort (AUS)
24 Zibin Zhang (CHN)
25 Gabriel Raul Villagoiz (ARG)
26 Simone Ruffini (ITA)
27 Santiago Enderica (ECU)
28 Alexander Studzinski (GER)
29 Qianpeng Ye (CHN)
30 Erwin Maldonado (VEN)
31 Evgenii Drattcev (RUS)
32 Daniel Szekelyi (HUN)

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Sights, Scenes, Stars And Stories At The World Summer Games

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The sights, scenes, stars and stories of the Special Olympics World Summer Games are being currently covered by hundreds of national and international media outlets on radio, television, print and online. Here are a few of the perspectives from the open water swimming perspective:

* Anne McLindon Always Does Something Special
* Dedication Behind The Scenes, Out Of Camera Angle
* Kaiser Permanente Lending A Helping Hand
* Special Olympics Open Water Packs
* ESPN To Feature Andrew Smilley
* Reach Up Special Campaign Begins
* When People Said It Cannot Be Done
* Healthy Athletes, The Greatest Service Ever Done
* Anne McLindon Always Does Something Special
* It's No Wonder It's So Special
* First Lady And Stevie Wonder To Attend Special Olympics
* TV Coverage And Packed Beaches In LA
* Celebrating Special Olympics Athletes
* Special Olympics World Summer Games report
* Bruckner Chase To Head Safety At World Summer Games
* The Legacy Of Eunice Kennedy Shriver In The Special Olympics
* Aisling Beacom Tackling Swims Around The World
* Special Olympics Open Water Expands
* Special Olympics World Summer Games Comes To LA
* 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Summer Games

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Dedication Behind The Scenes, Out Of The Camera Angle

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

We counted over 40 officially accredited photographers and media personnel at the 1.5 km open water swim in Long Beach, California at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games - and there may have been even more reporters and videographers conducting interviews and shooting film.

The attention paid to the athletes and competitions has been overwhelmingly - and deservedly - global and comprehensive. We have been to several FINA World Championships before and the media attention on the Special Olympics athletes far outweighs and outnumbers the articles and photos of the world championship athletes.

The intensity - and preparation - of both groups of athletes is nearly beyond comprehension. Daily, these athletes work to realize their dreams. They put in the work on dryland, in the pool, and in the open water.

But what also greatly impresses us is the dedication of the coaches in the Special Olympics who work behind the scenes. Without fanfare, these coaches spend the time, energy and patience to help these Special Olympics athletes not only in their swimming, but in various aspects of their lives.

Coaches like Penny McDowall who coaches athletes in the Cayman Islands. She has dedicated her life to providing much-needed vocational service and community outreach in her community. A teacher at the Lighthouse School on Grand Cayman, she has also selflessly coached Special Olympics athletes for over 20 years.

She was typically remarkable at yesterday's competition in dealing her athlete Andrew Smilley. The defending champion was narrowly defeated in the 1.5 ocean race; he led the race early and then swam shoulder-to-shoulder for the middle part of the race around the rectangular course, but then was passed by the eventual Dutch champion. After winning in the inaugural event in Greece in 2011, Smilley was clearly disappointed and perhaps even upset. But McDowall talked to him and got him to understand that he not only swam the fastest he has ever swum before, but he represented his community and his country with the grace and humility of a true champion.

McDowall has received the Special Olympics' Exemplary Coach Award for her passion, experience and dedication. "There are more than 250,000 Special Olympics coaches around the world. For Penny to win this international award, it is really something we cherish," explained Special Olympics Cayman Islands Board Director Maxine Everson.

McDowall herself is also an incredible individual - passionate, thoughtful and experienced - as she is one of only 40 coaches worldwide to receive the Special Olympics' Exemplary Coach Award.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

When Sharks Circle

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Just as Simon Dominguez was cruising along on his 27th mile and nearing his goal of the Farallon Islands, a crew member saw a Great White Shark circling and eyeing Dominguez.

"The first person saw it and then we all did. The yelling did gain momentum especially when you hear a loud voice yell 'Simon shark,'" reported escort boat captain Vito Bialla of the Night Train Swimmers.

That multiplied.

There was little time for debate when many people yelled at him. He was on the swim platform very quickly as the shark circled the boat some more, 30 to 40 yards out. I think he was mostly curious and the fact that Simon was bleeding caused even more curiosity. Simon was willing to go back after a 10-minute grace period authorized by our observer, but I said no. It was a most heroic effort and am proud to have witnessed it.

I would have made the same call for Joe Locke, Craig Lenning or Ted Erikson if I was there

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Bridgette Hobart Finishes Stage 3 Of 9

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Bridgett Hobart's Nazareth College Finger Lakes Challenge is now 3 for 3 with a 15.5-mile swim in Canandaigua in 7 hours 38 minutes, a 19.8-mile swim in Keuka in 9 hours 7 minutes, and a 16-mile swim in Skaneateles in 7 hours 27 minutes.

"All went great – felt great, strong, full of energy," reported Hobart. "We managed to swim in at the tail end of a big storm.

And before the next one hit. We had all sorts of conditions, including a few hours of a headwind. But overall, we had a another fabulous weekend and my crew rocked it again. I’ve been blessed with a great crew on each swim, which is really making this fun and logistics easier on me

Cayuga is my biggie challenge as it will be my longest continuous swim with the estimate 20-22 hours for 37.9 miles. I plan to start between 6-8 pm on August 8th on Cayuga Lake. My preference is to swim north to south so I end in Ithaca, but I’ll finalize my direction as wind becomes more known for the day."

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Five To Swim Three Rivers

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Kristin Jones (Arizona), Kimberly Plewa (New Jersey), Sarah Thomas (Colorado), Chris Greene (Georgia), and John Humenik (Pennsylvania) will tackle the 'City of Steel' 30K Three Rivers Marathon Swim (#3RMS) on August 1st in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Race founder Darren Miller explains, "Beginning under the Roberto Clemente Bridge by PNC Park, the five hearty swimmers will dive from the Allegheny Landing dock. They will swim out along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, North Shore Riverfront Park, Carnegie Science Center, Rivers Casino and out the Ohio River.

They will then turn around at Brunot Island and head toward the majestic Point State Park fountain where they enter the waters of the mighty Monongahela. After passing underneath the Fort Pitt, Smithfield, Liberty and 10th Street Bridges, they will pass the Allegheny County Jail, Duquesne University and opposite the South Side slopes, turn around and head back along the city side toward the Point. Rounding Point State Park, they finish the final 10 km out and back the incredible flow of the Allegheny River, turning around under the 40th Street Bridge.

They will then cross over the Allegheny River under eye of the River Rescue, and enjoy the 'ride' back along the North Side of the river. Passing underneath the 31st Street, 16th Street, Veterans, Rachel Carson, Andy Warhol Bridges, they will finish where they started at Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore under the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

Skies should be blue, sun will be shining and the clean water in the mid-70°Fs for our dual kayaking teams, escort boats and five of the toughest open water swimmers on the planet

The inaugural test event was completed by 3 veteran swimmers: Melodee Nugent (9 hours 15 minutes), Anthony McCarley (11 hours 37 minutes), and Janet Manning (12 hours 24 minutes).

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Tommy Steele Faced Peace, Tranquility Across Lake Erie

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Pilot Mike Cochran, Christopher Steele, Patrick Steele, Greg Phillips and Mike Dougan escorted Tommy Steele across Lake Erie from Long Point in Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach in Pennsylvania.

The 24.3 km swim took Steele 11 hours 50 minutes, observed by the Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association.

"We could see the American coast from Canada," said Steele. "The water was glass at the start. No waves." The tranquility continued for 17 miles before the winds and surface turbulence picked up.

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A Cada Brazada: El Azul Interminable In English

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

A cada brazada: el azul interminable is a Spanish-language book by Nora Toledano and Antonio Argüelles that describes their channel crossings and colorfully equates their channel swimming experiences to a survival in the sea of life.

The book is now published in English, With Each Stroke: The Endless Blue in English and is available on Amazon Kindle as an e-book here.

"After deducting 30% tax payments, we will donate the remaining 70% of the royalties we earn to the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA in San Diego, California," explained Argüelles who is an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame like his co-author Toledano.

Their book tells their experiences of completing a crossing of the English Channel. By fulfilling their dream, both swimmers explain their motivation for taking up the challenge and how a sports challenge can morph into a metaphor for surviving in the sea of life.

Toledano describes her two-way crossing of the English Channel and the allure of the Channel. Argüelles follows with his crossing and different scenarios in both the water and on dry land.

Argüelles completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming twice while Toledano has completed 6 solo crossings and 5 relay crossings of the English Channel.

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The Championships Trophy Scores

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Championships Trophy is given to the top open water swimming nation at the FINA World Championships. Scores are added up based on the top 12 finishers in the 5 km solo swim, 5 km team pursuit, 10 km Olympic qualifying race, and 25 km marathon swim.

Russia has won the most number of gold medals (26) throughout the history of open water swimming at the 7 FINA World Championships where open water races have been conducted. Germany sits in second place historically with 23 gold medals with a recent resurgence of the countries of the United States, the Netherlands, Italy, Brazil and Greece.

After the 5 km team event and with one more race to go (25 km marathon swim), the rankings among the 46 participating countries are as follows:

Championships Trophy Rankings:
1 United States 80 points
2 Germany 64
3 Netherlands 59
4 Italy 58
5 Brazil 45
6 Greece 40
7 Russia 31
8 France 29
9 Australia 24
10 South Africa 18
11 Great Britain 16
12 Hungary 12
13 Spain 7
14 Canada 5
14 Ecuador 5
16 Japan 2
17 Slovenia 0
17 Czech Republic 0
17 China 0
17 Malaysia 0
17 Mexico 0
17 Sweden 0
17 El Salvador 0
17 Guatemala 0
17 Hong Kong 0
17 Costa Rica 0
17 Kazakhstan 0
17 Bolivia 0
17 Ukraine 0
17 Israel 0
17 Portugal 0
17 Serbia 0
17 Peru 0
17 Venezuela 0
17 Slovakia 0
17 United Arab Emirates 0
17 Poland 0
17 Tunisia 0
17 New Zealand 0
17 Argentina 0
17 Austria 0
17 Ireland 0
17 Bulgaria 0
17 Egypt 0
17 Croatia 0
17 India 0

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Germany Takes 5 km Team Pursuit Title

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Germany's Rob Muffels and Christian Reichert pulled their teammate Isabelle Härle) along to win the 2015 FINA World Championships 5 km team pursuit event in 55:14.4.

How fast was able to swim in collaboration with her teammates? Consider that Haley Anderson won the women's 5 km race in 58:48.4, but Härle was able to swim 3 minutes 34 seconds faster in the team race over the same distance and course. Conversely, Muffels nearly won the men's 5 km race finishing in 55:17.6, just a tad slower than his gold medal performance in the team event.

Although the conditions were different because of the wind and the packed conditions of the solo race, 3 minutes 34 seconds is quite a tribute to the effects of drafting - and to both Muffels and Reichert who both really stepped up and swam a strong solid 5 km.

The closeness of the race was remarkable considering that all the teams swam separately over the course and only had themselves to pace. Silver medal was literally shared among 6 swimmers when both the Netherlands and Brazil finished in 55:31.2. What was most remarkable in the race was that Allan Do Carmo, Ana Marcela Cunha, Ferry Weertman, and Sharon Van Rouwendaal all had exactly the same splits, a credit to their ability to swim very closely to one another.

The stars of the sport really shined all over the course in today's race. Cunha won a medal in a fourth different event after previously capturing medals in the 5 km, 10 km, and 25 km races. She also joined van Rouwendaal, Weertman and Muffels in winning a second medal in the championships.

The race was very intense, so I had to speed up, but Christian [Reichert]was taking charge of the course," recalls Härle. "Our major rivals in the first half distance were the U.S. athletes, so we were focusing on them. What is the key to success? We are lucky to quite often win large races. Why? Everybody matters. Everybody makes a difference. Everybody is aware of his or her functions.”

While some observers say that the women have an easier responsibility in drafting than their male teammates who are pulling them along, they do not understand that drafting while racing at maximum speed for nearly an hour takes a tremendous amount of focus and stamina. Härle explained, "Can male open water swimmers be jealous of my result? It was quite a task. After the first lap, I even thought that I’d better stop. But I found whatever powers were along the course to keep on going. I’m grateful to my partners for encouraging me along the track. In fact, I am very scared of them. I think if I had given up, they would have drowned me.

The Netherlands Weertman explained his perspective of the race. “It’s been quite a hard race but I guess we’ve made it. It’s always difficult to compete in a team event because we have to consider our female teammate’s speed. Since our partner Sharon Van Rouwendaal is a rather strong athlete, everything went pretty well. How do we feel about not clinching gold? This time at the start we unfortunately wasted some time. The second lap turned out to be quite good for us that’s why now we clearly have to focus on the first lap."

Cunha was typically happy and appreciative after her second medal in her second race at these championships. “We wouldn’t say it’s been an easy race but we are happy to take silver medal home. Is it going to help us at Rio 2016, at home Olympic Games? Undoubtedly. At these Championships we’ve already claimed bronze, now silver, it really brings us joy. Unfortunately, this very event is not presented at the Olympic Games program. There are only individual 10 km open water swimming events. That’s why we are surely to train not together but apart, individually."

5 km Team Event Results:

1 Germany (Rob Muffels, Christian Reichert, Isabelle Härle) 55:14.4
2 Brazil (Allan Do Carmo, Diogo Villarinho, Ana Marcela Cunha) 55:31.2
2 Netherlands (Marcel Schouten, Ferry Weertman, Sharon Van Rouwendaal) 55:31.2
4 Italy (Federico Vanelli, Simone Ercoli, Rachele Bruni) 55:49.4
5 United States (Sean Ryan, Jordan Wilimovsky, Ashley Twichell) 55:50.6
6 Australia (Jarrod Poort, Simon Huitenga , Melissa Gorman) 56:07.4
7 Hungary (Daniel Szekelyi, Gergely Gyurta, Éva Risztov) 56:08.4
8 Greece (Antonios Fokaidis, Spyridon Gianniotis, Kaliopi Araouzou) 56:18.6
9 Ecuador (Ivan Enderica Ochoa, Esteban Enderica Salgado, Samantha Arevalo) 56:45.9
10 Russia (Sergey Bolshakov, Daniil Serebrennikov, Anastasiia Krapivina) 56:47.0
11 France (David Andre Aubry, Marc-Antoine Daniel Frede Olivier, Aurélie Muller)( 56:50.9
12 Spain (Antonio Arroyo, Hector Ruiz, Erika Villaecija) 57:16.0
13 Argentina (Gabriel Raul Villagoiz, Guillermo Vittorio Bertola, Cecilia Elizabeth Biagioli) 57:27.8
14 China (Zhongyi Qiao, Lijun Zu , Siyu Yan) 57:53.9
15 Portugal (Vasco Gaspar, Rafael Gil, Angelica Maria) 58:12.6
16 Venezuela (Wilder Carreno, Erwin Maldonado, Paola Perez) 58:39.3
17 Czech Republic (Jan Kutnik, Matej Kozubek, Alena Benesova) 59:43.1
18 South Africa (Chad Ho, Daniel Marais, Michelle Weber) 1:00:31.2
19 Mexico (Daniel Delgadillo, Arturo Perez Vertti Ferrer, Zaira Cardenas) 1:01:36.6
20 Kazakhstan (Kenessary Kenenbayev, Vitaliy Khudyakov, Xeniya Romanchuk) 1:02:12.7
21 Egypt (Youssef Hossameldeen Khal, Adel Ragab Ibrahim Mohame, Reem Mohamed Hussein Elsa Kaseem) 1:02:13.1
22 Hong Kong (Tsz Fung Tse, Ho Yin Kwan, Cho Yiu Kwok) 1:05:43.8

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Simon Dominguez Is Circled And Pulled

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

27 miles after starting under the Golden Gate Bridge, Simon Dominguez was crushing it, swimming well on schedule and according to plan as he plowed through the waves towards the Farallon Islands.

"But three miles from the finish, a circling Great White Shark made me pull Simon and call the swim," reported escort boat captain Vito Bialla of the Night Train Swimmers. "His neck was also bleeding from chafing.

That's a bad combination

Click here to learn what his crew did moments before pulling Dominguez.

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