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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Eva Fabian, America's 2010 Open Water Swimmer Of The Year

Eva Fabian, the dynamo 16-year-old from Keene, New Hampshire, was awarded the Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year Award at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Dallas, Texas tonight.

2010 was truly a breakout year for the go-for-it-from-the-start open water star who moves constantly at a 95 strokes-per-minute pace. She began the year by traveling to South America and the Caribbean and will have traveled to Asia, Canada and the Middle East by the time 2010 is over.

John Dussliere, the 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim coach in Beijing, introduced Eva at the awards ceremony, "In recent years it may have been easy to guess who the recipients of this award would be. We were competing well, but had no a clear standout male and female performer. Now with four or five American women regularly earning medals on the world stage in open water, the decision becomes much more difficult to make."

"Winning the team competition by getting the gold and silver in the women's 10K race at the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and finishing second as a team at the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Canada with multiple medals, our team is showing an increasing momentum towards London."

"Eva is at home tonight training for the upcoming 10K World Cup series that is in China next week and also stops in Hong Kong, Mexico and ends in October in the United Arab Emirates. So forgive her for not being here tonight."

Her open water swimming advisor Gerry Rodrigues says of Eva, "She is tenacious with a high athletic IQ. When I saw her at the water's edge at the Tiburon Mile, standing toe-to-toe with some of the fastest men in the world - coming up to their elbows - but not giving in an inch, I knew she was something special. It has been a joy working with her and her father. They really understand and study the sport and endeavor to do what it takes to improve."

From what we have observed, Eva constantly wants to learn about the sport, seeking knowledge about tactics and specific training sets in the pool that she can do on a daily basis that precisely prepare her for 5K and 10K races including regularly doing POW workouts (Pool Open Water workouts).

Not only did Eva win the gold medal in the World Championships in Quebec, Canada, but she also earned a silver in the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 10K in California and had top finishes at the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup (silver in Quebec, Canada, third in Viedma, Argentina. She got third in the USA Swimming National 10K Championships and second in the 5K Championships. She also traveled the world plying her trade and building up the requisite experience necessary to compete with the world's best: she won the Nike Swim Miami 10K in Florida, won the 2K race and 10K relay in Puerto Varas y Santiago, Chile in 14°C (57°F) water, set a mile record at the Flowers Sea Swim where she beat a handful of pool swimming Olympians en route and won a handful of invitational races at the Desafio Internacional Puerto Varas de Aguas Abiertas in Chile.

Eva won the award that was established in 1985 as the Open Water Swimming Committee Award and was later changed in 2005 to the Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year Award. Eva follows in the footsteps of the following individuals: Clarence Ross (1985), John York )1986), David Gray (1987), Bill Damm (1988), Penny Lee Dean (1989), Tobie Smith (1990), Amy Dunleavy (1991), Pete Hulsveld (1992), Chuck Wiley (1993), Bambi Bowman (1994), Kari Lydersen (1995), Rosemary Freas and City of Indiatlantic Florida (1996), Chuck Wiley (1997), Megan Ryther (1998), John Kenney (1999), Regan Schreiber (2000), Steven Munatones (2001), Ron Van Pool (2002), City of Ft. Myers Florida, Swim Florida and Lee County Parks and Recreation (2003), Dianne Limerick (2004), Sara McLarty (2005), Erica Rose (2006), Chloe Sutton (2007), Chloe Sutton (2008) and Emily Brunemann (2009).

What is undoubtedly one of Eva's greatest strength is her profound understanding that open water swimmers have to Expect The Unexpected. At the world championships, she was leading going into the last turn when she and another athlete inadvertently went the wrong way around an intermediate buoy and was immediately red-carded. Disappointed, frustrated and saddened, Eva dried herself off and accepted the decision with the maturity and optimistic outlook of a true champion. She was not bitter, she was not discouraged. She understood the situation, turned on a smile the next day and then went on to win the gold medal in the 5K a few days later.

She does not always win, but she learns from each racing experience and becomes better each time she hits the open water (as seen as she chases Christine Jennings at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships):



Another trait that Eva demonstrates is intelligence (she home schools herself in calculus as one example) and other land-based abilities, including an amazing virtuoso performance that opened up the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships:



Her sweet personality that shows her respect for her competitors and the sport is genuine. Eva's interview after her 5K world championship victory at the 5K world championship is below:





The future is bright for America's 2010 Female Open Water Swimmer in the Year.

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"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
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
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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