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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Six-Beat vs. High Turnover At The Slam The Dam

This morning, professional marathon swimmer Mallory Mead and Open Water Swim Club's Lexie Kelly battled throughout the 8km Slam the Dam swim in Lake Mead, Nevada.

Back and forth the two Southern Californians went competed head-to-head surging and fading like the ebb and flow of the Las Vegas economy. Side-by-side at the start, the two took off in the middle of the starting pack of 65 swimmers.

For the first 2 miles, Mead shot out with the classic high turnover of a world-class marathoner, gradually building up a 30-meter lead. Then Kelly came back, kicking like a 1500m swimmer over the last 200. For the next 1.5 miles, Kelly turned the tables and slide into the lead with long, smooth strokes at a 60 spm pace.

But the experience of the faster stroking Mead, a member of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with the English Channel and Catalina Channel under her cap, came to the fore. At the 4-mile mark, Mead pushed but Kelly pushed back. Then Kelly pushed and Mead pushed back. The lead flipped like a coin before a football game. But as in all tough competition then there was finally a chink in the armor.

"This was my longest swim to date. I was going with how I felt. I didn't know what it was going to be like," said Kelly who ultimately finished 30 seconds behind Mead in the 8K under gorgeous weather conditions and in the tranquil waters created by the Hoover Dam. "But it was fun and the scenery was majestic as the sun rose over the mountaintops."

But the day was not over for the dualists. The 8K'ers were also entered in the 1.2-mile. In this shorter event, the kick of Kelly was too much for Mead and the rest of the women's field. The Grand Slam competition was a combination of the 8K and 1.2 mile swims.

Grand Slam women's results (Top 3):
1. Lexie Kelly (OWSC), 2:14:21
2. Mallory Mead (Indy Aquatics) 2:15:31
3. Carri Cook (LBSU), 2:23:03

Grand Slam men's results (Top 3):
1. Deni Cullom, 2:05:10
2. Andy Bray, 2:06:32
3. Kurt Dickson, 2:12:27

8K results (Top 10 overall):
1. Adam Dawkins, Indiana, 1:41:53
2. Deni Cullom, Utah, 1:43:27
3. Andy Bray, California, 1:43:50
4. Bill May, Nevada, 1:46:10
5. Kurt Dickson, Arizona, 1:49:02
6. Mallory Mead, California, 1:50:32
7. Lexie Kelly, California, 1:51:02
8. Wes Johnson, Utah, 1:51:59
9. Isabel Whited, Arizona, 1:55:59
10. Carri Cook, California, 1:57:13

21-year-old Cullom who won the Grand Slam overall said, "For how I have been training, I felt pretty good. I had an injured tendinitis in my wrist and haven't been training. But I felt good in the 1.2 miler. I went for [it] at the start hoping that no one [would] catch me."

The previous Grand Slam record of Andy Bray was broken by Cullom (the "Grand Slammer") in an overall time of 2:05:10. In the women's Grand Slam, Kelly broke Mead's existing record with a time of 2:14:31 to become the Grand Slamstress. In a demonstration how fast the race is becoming, Kelly not only broke Mead's Grand Slam record, but she also bested the men's record by Bray also set in 2011.

In the Super Slam, Jan and Meredith Tichy won their respective gender divisions (1:21:48 for Meredith and 1:12:04 for Jan).

In the 2.4-mile, Jan Tichy won in 50:19 while wife Meredith won the women's division in 56:01.

In the 1.2-mile, Cullom won in 21:43 while Kelly, finishing sixth overall, won the women's division in 23:29.

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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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