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Open Water Event Sanctioning
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Go Open Water Swimming With Fran Crippen
Fran, a multi-time national champion and world championship medalist, explains and demonstrates his hints and recommendations for fast, efficient freestyle in the open water - how to stay long and smooth, improve your catch and pull, develop a more effective kick, tweak your body position and train for distance and speed.
One of the key points that Fran teaches is how to stay aware of the conditions and competitions during a race - a skill that Fran ably and incredibly demonstrated at last week's Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Long Beach.
Early in the race, during the second loop of the 10K race, Fran noticed that the speed of the lead pack was slow. He also knew that his teammate and fellow competitor, Alex Meyer, was ill and not normally himself. Alex, a world champion, was on the top of his game until stricken by a virus 48 hours before the competition.
Fran, knowing how hard Alex had worked for this opportunity, slowed down from the top tier of the lead pack and purposefully made his way to the back of the pack to encourage his obviously ailing and weakened friend.
Fran - in the middle of a race - lifted up his head and graciously, but firmly, shouted motivating words to Alex who acknowledged his thoughts and intentions. Once Alex nodded his head after Fran's encouragement, Fran hustled back up to the front of the back and resumed the chase.
Chivalrous. Bighearted. An unprecedented example of unselfish support of a teammate.
No one who we know would do that in a major international competition with the exception of Fran, the humble yet charismatic leader of the American elite open water swimming community.
Access Fran's Go Swim video here.
Copyright © 2010 by Steven Munatones
Listen to the World's Great Authorities on Open Water - Sid Cassidy
What is it about Napkins and Great Ideas?Sid Cassidy tells the story of how Open Water Swimming became an Olympic sport, and, not surprisingly, Sid was one of the people who planned it out with a pen and an napkin.
WOWSA Race Sanctioning Application
Race Sanction ApplicationThe WOWSA Sanction Application makes it easier than ever for you to apply for event sanctioning. The entire application is processed online at the WOWSA website.
If you need to make changes to your application, simply log in and make the changes right here. You can update your application easily at any time.
Once you click to submit your application, you will receive an e-mail which will provide your unique link to complete and/or update your application.
Simply answer the questions, and you will be able to submit your application within a few minutes.
WOWSA RulesThe WOWSA Rules are divided into the following five categories:
4) EXCEPTIONAL SWIMS
WOWSA Observer Reports
Solo SwimA solo swim is a non-stop swim performed by an individual swimmer. It usually refers to a channel crossing or marathon swim across a channel, lake or bay, and usually completed without a wetsuit or other equipment like fins, and escorted by a boat, pilot and support crew...
Relay SwimRelay swim is a non-stop swim performed by a group of swimmers who swim separately one after each other. The relay swimmers swim legs of anywhere from 10 – 60 minutes each, usually rotating in the same order. Relay swims usually refer to a channel crossing or marathon swim across a channel, lake or bay or in a river done by a group of swimmers...