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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Chip Peterson Finishes Pan Pacs With A Flourish

Chip Peterson, the 2005 world 10K champion, is back. Turning on his jets like he did way back in 2005, Chip won the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 10K race and is obviously back on track for the second half of the 2012 quadrennial season.

"I felt good," smiled the always humble University of North Carolina graduate. "It's all about timing."

And his timing could not be better - both in the middle of the race and at the end in the cool, but glassy smooth, waters of Marine Stadium in Long Beach, California.

Early in the race, Chip picked up the pace after the men's pack slowed to a crawl with its leaders alternately doing backstroke and slow-pace freestyle. "It was getting a bit cold," said Chip who finally left the field around the 6K mark and opened up a quick 20-meter lead. While the rest of the men seemed content on pack tactics, Fran Crippen of the USA and Richard Weinberger of Canada just simply chased after Chip's aggressive move. Chip turned up his speed for a gentle 70 stroke-per-minute pace to a powerful 84 stroke-per-minute pace - yet his kick was light and feathery.

After his decisive surge with Fran and Richard in chase, only Allan do Carmo of Brazil, Ivan Enderica of Ecuador and Arthur Fraley of the USA were even within shouting distance. The rest of the men quickly fell off the end.

Chip continued to push the pace until the last 2K loop when he shut down his engine and let Richard pull him and Fran along. As Chip downshifted, Richard sped past him (shown on left in white swim cap) and Chip (shown on right without swim cap) fell wisely right in the middle of his wake.

This change in leadership allowed Allan, a 2008 open water Olympian, to gradually inch up to the leaders. by the last turn buoy, the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships last event became a four-man race to the finish.

With 300 meters to go, the race came down to three men swimming shoulder-to-shoulder giving it their all with Allan hanging off the back. At 150 meters to go, Fran made a surge to build up a half-body lead - exactly the same move as he did at the USA Swimming national championships where he beat Chip. It was deja vu - or so it seemed. However, this time Chip was patient and waited. But time and course were running out. Suddenly in the blink of an eye, Chip shifted to his trademark 8-beat kick and bolted past Fran. Within 50 meters, Chip went from being half a body behind to a one-body length lead that he sustained to the finish.

After years of fighting different illnesses, Chip is back on track. Additionally, Chip is bolstered by a recent move to Southern California where he decided to train under Jon Urbanchek, the renowned Olympic coach who has trained over 50 Olympians to gold and international success. Smiling, confident and now more experience, these changes have enabled Chip to turn back to his renewed ability to turn to his blazing fast kick after 9,900 meters.

In 2005, Chip surprised the open water swimming world as an upstart 18-year-old when he beat Thomas Lurz at the world championships. Years wiser, thicker around the shoulders and training in a new environment, Chip's stars now seem to be lining up for an excellent 2011 and beyond.

The final results and 2K split times are as follows:

1. Chip Peterson (USA), 1:56:00.0 (24:03, 47:14, 1:10:15, 1:33:19, 1:56:00)
2. Frances Crippen (USA), 1:56:02.7 (24:13, 47:19, 1:10:19, 1:33:25, 1:56:02)
3. Richard Weinberger (CAN), 1:56:02.9 (24:00, 47:31, 1:10:11, 1:33:15, 1:56:02)
4. Allan do Carmo (BRA), 1:56:04.6 (24:07, 47:42, 1:10:23, 1:33:24, 1:56:04)
5. Arthur Frayley (USA), 1:58:23 (24:10, 47:39, 1:10:23, 1:33:26, 1:58:23)
6. George O'Brien (AUS), 1:59:19.6 (24:01, 47:52, 1:11:41, 1:35:31, 1:59:19)
7. Christopher Ashwood (AUS), 1:59:24.7 (24:06, 47:59, 1:11:42, 1:35:31, 1:59:24)
8. Sean Ryan (USA), 1:59:26.1 (24:15, 1:11:32, 1:35:36, 1:59:26)
9. Michael Kleuh (USA), 1:59:26.2 (24:08, 1:11:44, 1:35:36, 1:59:26)
10. David Browne (AUS), 1:59:26.6 (24:05, 47:55, 1:11:36, 1:35:23, 1:59:26)
11. Aimeson King (CAN), 1:59:32.1 (24:03, 47:49, 1:11:34, 1:35:31, 1:59:32)
12. Rhys Mainstone (AUS), 1:59:38.6 (24:01, 47:51, 1:11:38, 1:35:31, 1:59:38)
13. Ivan Enderica (ECU), 2:00:28.3 (24:07, 47:44, 1:10:28, 1:33:29, 2:00:28)
14. Zack Chetrat (CAN), 2:02:45.1 (24:04, 47:59, 1:11:45, 1:35:52, 2:02:45)
- Andrew Gemmell (USA, DNF
- Alexander Meyer (USA), DNF
- Chad La Tourette (USA), DNS

Photo shows Fran Crippen, Chip Peterson and Richard Weinberger.

Copyright © 2010 by Steven Munatones

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"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
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10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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