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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Affray In The Bay - Mann vs Twichell vs Gorman vs Jennings vs Brunemann

POW! WHAM!! BAM!!!

Intensity and uncertainty. It is the RCP Tiburon Mile.

Talk about an all-out dogfight in the open water: the RCP Tiburon Mile has it all with the top American and Australian marathon swimmers going at it this Sunday from Angel Island to Tiburon, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay.

Not only are the top women going to battle mano-a-mano among each other, they are also going to clash among a large pack of competitive Alpha Dog men who do not want to be beat by the feminine gender.

Right now, Christine Jennings and Becca Mann are riding a hot streak. Jennings is training 18,000 meters a day in the high altitude of Colorado and most recently came down to sea level to win US$10,000 at the BCT Gdynia Marathon in Poland. After missing out at qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics, Jennings has turned her disappointment into some heavy training mileage and impressive victories around the world.

But Jennings is going to have to deal with the brightest young American star in its emerging open water corral of Olympic aspirants, Becca Mann. Mann is riding high after her double dominating victories in Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and the Waikiki Roughwater Swim.

While Jennings and Mann are headlining the pre-race favorites, Ashley Twichell, world champion and 2-time Olympian Melissa Gorman and World Cup winner Emily Brunemann all can easily emerge as victors to claim the US$10,000 winner-take-all first prize. Gorman is the defending champion, knows her ways in the Bay and, most definitely is the most nimble out of the water in the final few steps in the onshore finish. Insiders believe with many good reasons why the Australian star is the real race favorite.

Of course, Twichell has the speed and hunger to beat them all, especially after finishing second to Gorman last year despite opening up a bloody gash on her leg near the start. "I was picked up by a swell and dumped onto these rocks. I knew we were getting close to the rocks, but I was just following the guys ahead of us," recalled the 2011 world team pursuit champion.

But it would be a poetic ending if teammates Emily Brunemann and Michael Klueh both end up on the winner's podium. They both certainly have the speed, savvy and stamina to take the race and win a cool US$10,000 each.

Because the top women typically swim right alongside and behind the top men (Gorman finished 4th overall in 2011 within striking distance of men's winner Kane Radford, 2nd place Codie Grimsey, and 3rd place Ryan Napoleon), it would be quite appropriate for Brunemann to cruise behind Klueh. If Klueh picks the right navigational line, then expect Brunemann to follow right behind. They may go 1-2...as in US$10,000 for him and US$10,000 for her.

Race day is on Sunday morning, September 9th with the elite field starting off the festivities that end in the most delicious, extravagant post-race meal in the entire open water swimming world. The RCP Tiburon Mile is going to be a fast one and the women's race is especially going to be a joy to witness. Who is it going to be standing up first at the end of the race?



Photo of Emily Brunemann courtesy of NYC Swim. Video by Gold Medal Mel.

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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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