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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Déja Vu With A Twist In The USA Women's 5K Champs

Ashley Twichell, Eva Fabian, Christian Jennings, Haley Anderson, Becca Mann, Emily Brunemann: the stars were out when the 2013 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships was held.

And so were the upstarts. At one point, Tristin Baxter sprinted into the lead going into the third and final loop in Castaic Lake.

It was like a heavyweight championship fight with each athlete getting in their own body blows. “Tristin moves into the lead...now Anderson has forged into the front...Fabian has a great line...Jennings is picking up where she left off in the 10K...Twichell is making a break for it...Fabian is making it a go with her...Brunemann has come up on their side...Becca Mann is on their tail...Haley is charging now…

Back and forth, the athletes kept upping the ante and pushing the pace as they charged into the wind and came screaming downstream with the currents. Lead changes kept coming without stop. Lap 1, lap 2, lap 3. Without a doubt, it was anyone's game. The pace was relentless and punishing as they fought each other and collectively against the elements.

On the last loop, the leaders kept taking body blows by the rest of the field. No one could pull away and no one was giving an inch.

But 6-time Olympic coach Jon Urbanchek predicted the winner as they came around the last turn buoy with 150 meters to go. "Haley was attacking. She was pissed [about the outcome of Friday's 10 km race]. The whole way, she took it to the field."

"The race was hard," explained Becca Mann of Florida. "I was in a bad place and had to move around."

As did everyone as they all chased Anderson over the last 150 meters when the recent USC graduate opened up an ever slight lead. "I felt strong going into the wind and gained confidence after the Olympics. I really got back into it during this race."

And things look very good for the American team heading into the 2013 World Championships after two extremely hard-fought races among the top 8 athletes. "There is plenty of room for improvement," said Coach Urbanchek who assists Dave Salo and Catherine Vogt who are Anderson's coaches at Trojan Swim Club. "She is about 85% with everything going on during her senior year."

And her post-graduate activities look to be very promising.

1 Haley Anderson (Trojan Swim Club-CA) 1:00:36.51
2 Becca Mann (Clearwater Aquatic Club-FL) 1:00:38.04
3 Emily Brunemann (Club Wolverine-MI) 1:00:38.38
4 Christine Jennings (RallySport Aquatics Club-CO) 1:00:40.14
5 Tristin Baxter (Clovis Swim Club-CC) 1:00:40.27
6 Eva Fabian (Greenwood Swimming-NE) 1:00:41.12
7 Ashley Twichell (Mission Viejo Nadadores-CA) 1:00:42.41
8 Lindsey Clary (FAST Swim Team-CA) 1:01:51.86
9 Brooke Lorentzen (Mission Viejo Nadadores-CA) 1:01:58.41
10 Megan Rankin (Unattached-CA) 1:02:09.83
11 Liliana Casso (Team Santa Monica-CA) 1:02:10.93
12 Regan Kology (Somerset Hills YMCA-NJ) 1:04:20.81
13 Amanda Richey (Boulder Swimming-CO) 1:04:21.81
14 Megan Viohl (Eagle Swim Team-MD) 1:04:37.20
15 Natalie Ward (Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics-AZ) 1:04:41.76
16 Gwen Walter (FAST Swim Team-CA) 1:05:31.46
17 Rachel Knowles (Pleasanton Seahawks-PC) 1:05:34.93
18 Raselle Chetwynd (Mission Viejo Nadadores-CA) 1:05:37.60
19 Ashlyn Butkowski (Unattached-NC) 1:05:41.24
20 Kaitlin Pawlowicz (Nation's Capital Swim Club-PV) 1:06:02.82
21 Kathryn Babbin (Lake Erie Silver Dolphins-LE) 1:06:03.09
22 Brittney Beetcher (Boulder Swimming-CO) 1:06:23.94
23 Jamie Dodd (Team Santa Monica-CA) 1:06:25.01
24 Caitlin Daday (Parkland Aquatic Club-MA) 1:07:14.93
25 Jodi Turk (Lake Erie Silver Dolphins-LE) 1:07:33.97
26 Courtney Sheehan (Fresno State Bulldog Swimming-CC) 1:07:36.28
27 Sydney Franzen (Mission Viejo Nadadores-CA) 1:07:38.59
28 Nicole Antoniuk (Unattached-CA) 1:08:04.25
29 Mandy Barnes (Mission Viejo Nadadores-CA) 1:09:13.22
30 Kendal Guy (Mission Viejo Nadadores-CA) 1:09:23.52
31 Sarah Gibson (Alamo Area Aquatics-ST) 1:09:31.33
32 Hannah Vester (Tribe Aquatics-VA) 1:09:36.59
33 Megan Pierce (Shawmut Aquatic Club-NE) 1:09:38.30
34 Isabel Whited (Unattached-AZ) 1:10:11.29
35 Abbey Erwin (Boise YMCA Swim Team-SR) 1:10:16.94
36 Maia Brundage (Scottsdale Aquatic Club-AZ) 1:10:19.82

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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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