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Saturday, April 6, 2013
Why The NCAA Should Add Open Water Swimming
The NCAA oversees dozens of sports and has held an NCAA Men's Swimming Championships in three divisions (Division I, Division II, and Division III) since 1924 and a women's championships since 1982. The championships includes 21 events include 5 relays and 3 diving events.
It is acknowledged as one of the world's greatest aquatic competitions with a rich history of showcasing world champions, world record holders, Olympians and Olympic champions from dozens of countries.
And we very strongly believe there are many reasons why open water swimming events should be added to the schedule as soon as possible.
1. The 10 km marathon swim is an Olympic sport (held in a rowing basin at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in a lake at the 2012 London Olympics, and to be held in a beach at the 2016 Rio Olympics).
2. There are many more open water swimmers than divers and certainly more around the world. [Note: the international influx of non-Americans at the NCAA Championships cannot be denied with a large number of finalists and qualifiers who are citizens of countries other than the USA).
4. There are many more open water swimming events in the United States than diving competitions in the United States and around the world.
5. The sport of open water swimming is exploding at all levels.
6. The sport of open water swimming has been successfully incorporated in the FINA World Swimming Championships with 5 km, 5 km Team Pursuit, 10 km, and 25 km races being conducted.
7. The sport of open water swimming has been successfully incorporated in the World University Games schedule by FISU ( Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire) with a 10 km race.
8. The addition of open water events can help showcase the host city in myriad ways. Think of a coastal race at a city along the Eastern Seaboard or West Coast. Think of a lake swim throughout the Midwest. Think of a river swim in the Rocky Mountain region.
9. The athletes are world-class. Every single one of the Olympic medalists and world champions in open water swimming over the past decade have been personable, accomplished student-athletes, from Ous Mellouli (University of Southern California) to Ashley Twichell (Duke University), from Andrew Gemmell (University of Georgia) to Haley Anderson (University of Southern California), from Alex Meyer (Harvard University) to Martina Grimaldi.
10. NCAA student-athletes who are also Olympians represent the world, from Mazen Aziz Metwaly (Southern Illinois University) to Csaba Gerscak (University of Florida).
11. Excitement is the name of the game at the NCAA men's and women's championships. Open water swimming competitions certainly follow that formula with most races between 5 km and 10 km coming down to the final few strokes in addition to the brutal physicality of aggressive swimmers going around turn buoys, into feeding stations and barreling towards the finish. Capturing these mano-a-mano battles and photo-finishes by aerial footage and close-up cameras will provide outstanding footage for print magazines, online properties and television.
12. The cost of holding these open water swimming championship events is absurdly low relative to every other sport governed by the NCAA. The cost of holding an event in a lake, river or ocean is limited to a city permit, lifeguards, a feeding station, escort boats, media access, and a start/finish pontoon. 13. The know-how how to conduct an open water swimming championship event is available in all 50 states throughout the United States.
14. Like the diving events and relays, the addition of open water swimming events can shape different strategies and recruiting needs for top teams that want to remain on top. 15. An additional long-distance freestyle event that is filled with scholarship athletes will help develop (regain?) the long-distance freestyle swimming excellence of the United States.
Now is the time. Plan for success and prepare for the future of open water swimming events at the NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming Championships.
Copyright © 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association
2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
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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