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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mariel Hawley Makes Mexico Proud

Mariel Hawley became the 61st person and first woman from Mexico to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with her Catalina Channel crossing in 11:27 this week.

"I was so happy to see that [friend] Laura [Lopez-Bonilla] finish that my confidence grew," explained the member of Sport City, the four-way English Channel relay.

"When I saw her coming out of the water, I knew I was going to be next. That night, I couldn´t sleep as I was thinking a lot about sharks. I was afraid and nervous and I think all the stress from training, travel, organizing everything, and finally being in California came out that night."

Like many open water swimmers Mariel Hawley faced insomnia. "I could hardly sleep 4 hours, knowing it was going to be one of the longest days in my life. But I had no choice and I was ready. When I boarded the boat at 8 in the evening, the only thing that I wanted was to avoid getting seasick on the trip to Catalina Island. It went well, we got to Catalina and I was feeling perfect."

In an attempt to catch the usually tranquil waters of the early morning, the statuesque swimmer started near midnight. "The minute I jumped in the water I felt special. The water washed out any bad thought from my mind."

It was a special night, punctuated by a gorgeous sunrise. "I enjoyed the swim very very much, even when I was getting tired. The night was spectacular; I had never swam on such a dark night and felt so at peace. I could hardly see what was going on on [my escort] boat, but underwater was very different. There was having a wonderful fluorescent show going on every minute and with every stroke."

The bioluminescence affected her swim in another unexpected way. "I hurried with my feedings - 30 seconds at the most - because I didn't want to waste time and waste a single minute watching the millions of stars shining under the sea. At times, I touched jellyfish but I didn't know what they were. They felt like little fish swimming under me but I was stung twice. I just stayed calm and carried on as the pain went away."

Then daylight hit. "Wow! I could see thousand of different forms of jellyfish. Some looked like snakes, others like spirals, balls, necklaces, and little crowns. I was trying to find new forms every time I put my head in the water."

But the Pacific Ocean aquarium show was not over yet.

"Then came the dolphins. Since dolphins are always smiling, they came to remind me that this swim had a cause: the smile of many kids because we are raising money to help 100 low-income Mexican children obtain much-needed surgeries. As I started getting closer to the coast, I started feeling a little bit sad becoming sad because this dream was coming to an end. I had worked so hard and it was about to finish.

This will be a night to remember forever
."

Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source

1 comment:

  1. Mariel was a wonderful swimmer during her crossing. I've had the privilege to kayak for a number of these crossings and this one was truly a very special crossing. Mariel had support on the boat that was among the best I have ever experienced. From the captain and crew of the Outrider to her swim support team, to the observers, it was in many ways one long magical moment from end to end. Nothing ever goes perfectly accoring to plan but this was about as close as it gets. Thank you Mariel for allowing me to be a part of your special moment. It was truly a blessed night upon the sea. Don Rasky

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Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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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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