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Friday, May 10, 2013

Working The Dream At USA Swimming Open Water Champs

USA Swimming will have its largest annual open water swimming extravaganza next week in Castaic Lake in Southern California.

With scenic rolling hills surrounding the venue, Castaic Lake presents a gorgeous amphitheater where all eyes will be on the athletes.

Starting on May 15th, Canyons Aquatics and the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation will sponsor the first of seven H2OpenPlus Summer Sunset Series races.

The series event will feature the Fran Crippen Mile that will consist of one lap around the National Championship course. In addition, series participants can swim a 3.3 km swim, a 400-meter swim and a 100-meter swim for 5-10 year olds, and can register here.

On May 17th, the most competitive and closest races on American soil will take place in Castaic Lake as the athletes will be competing for berths on the USA Swimming National Team. The 10K World Championship Qualification race will feature silver medalist Haley Anderson who will be pushed 19 Barcelona-bound aspirants including Yale University freshman Eva Fabian, Duke graduate Ashley Twichell, Michigan Wolverine Emily Brunemann, Florida teenager Becca Mann, 2-time FINA World Cup champion Christine Jennings.

On the men's side, all eyes will be on Olympian Alex Meyer who will be surrounded by a tough field including open water stalwarts such as 2012 Olympian and 2009 world championship 10K silver medalist Andrew Gemmell, 2005 world 10K champion Chip Peterson, and Germantown stud Arthur Frayler. But guys like Joey Pedraza, Michigan teammates Sean Ryan and Ryan Feeley, Team Santa Monica teammates Jordan Wilimovsky, Brendan casey, and Nicholas DeVito, and Mission Viejo Nadadores teammates David Heron, Janardin Burns, and Daniel O'Connor will not for a moment let anyone develop too large of a lead on the field of 38 open water gladiators.

Flat water, warm-water conditions, and a clearly laid-out course will prove a fast-moving field where the outcome may hinge on those swimmers who can handle the physicality and swim conservatively until the race breaks open with 3-4 km to go. The last loop of the qualification race will undoubtedly see major changes where some very strong representatives will emerge.

On May 18th, an open water swimming clinic led by 2008 Olympian Mark Warkentin is open to swimmers and coaches interested in everything from triathlons and channel swimming. Registration for the clinic is here.

On May 19th, the 5 km national championships will be held in the same venue as all the athletes will be working on realizing their own dreams.

The 10 km World Championship Qualification races will include the following athletes:

1.
Becca Mann (15) of Clearwater Aquatic Team
2. Eva Fabian (19) of Greenwood Swimming
3. Amanda Richey (16) of Boulder Swimming
4. Lauren Abruzzo (18) of DU Hilltoppers
5. Liliana Casso (18) of Team Santa Monica
6. Heidi George (37) of The Great Wolf Swim Team
7. Lauren Baker (20) of UCLA Swimming
8. Kaitlin Pawlowicz (20) of Nation's Capital Swim Club
9. Christine Jennings (26) of RallySport Aquatic Club
10. Megan Rankin (19) of UCLA Swimming
11. Katy Campbell (19) of UCLA Swimming
12. Audra Burtch (19) of Concord Swim Club
13. Haley Anderson (21) of Trojan Swim Club
14. Jessie Arnold (16) of SMAC
15. Ashley Twichell (23) of Mission Viejo Nadadores
16. Tristin Baxter (21) of Clovis Swim Club
17. Rachel Zilinskas (18) of Germantown Academy Aquatic Club
18. Brooke Lorentzen (17) of Mission Viejo Nadadores
19. Emily Brunemann (26) of Club Wolverine
20. Lindsey Clary (17) of FAST Swim Team

1. Andrew Gemmell (22) of Nation's Capital Swim Club
2. Sean Ryan (20) of Club Wolverine
3. Jordan Wilimovsky (19) of Team Santa Monica
4. Ryan Feeley (21) of Club Wolverine
5. David Heron (18) of Mission Viejo Nadadores
6. Janardin Burns (17) of Mission Viejo Nadadores
7. Daniel O'Connor (21) of Mission Viejo Nadadores
8. Nick Norman (16) of Mission Viejo Nadadores
9. Bryan Draganosky (19) of Germantown Academy Aquatic Club
10. Alex Meyer (24) of Crimson Aquatics
11. Scott Simmer (17) of Team Santa Monica
12. Luke Trimmer (21) of Indiana
13. Ryan Kao (17) of La Mirada Armada
14. Chip Peterson (25) of North Carolina Aquatic Club
15. Joey Pedraza (25) of Davie Nadadores Swim Team
16. Drew Ledwith (20) of Greenwood Swimming
17. Ben Miller (18) of Marlins of Raleigh
18. Steve Sholdra (19) Unattached
19. Brendan Casey (16) of Team Santa Monica
20. Travis Morrin (17) of Mount Pleasant Swim Club
21. Bobby Yribarren (27) of Tiger Aquatics
22. Christoph Grimmett‐Norris (18) of Nation's Capital Swim Club
23. Nicholas DeVito (17) of Team Santa Monica
24. Brandon Johnson (31) of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
25. Arthur Frayler (19) of Germantown Academy Aquatic Club
26. Bradley Phillips (20) of Nation's Capital Swim Club
27. Sam Petersen (21) of University of Tennessee
28. Brennan Jacobsen (20) Unattached
29. Bryce Bevier (20) of University of Tennessee
30. Alex Nickell (19) Navy Swimming
31. Matt Roe (20) of Team Rebel Aquatics
32. Cory Mayfield (19) of La Mirada Armada
33. Shawn Parkhurst (21) of Town of Tonawanda Titans Swim Team
34. Riley Mita (19) of Navy Swimming
35. Noah Martin (18) of Navy Swimming
36. Scott Clausen (17) Unattached
37. Kyle Kemp (18) of Y‐Spartaquatics Swim Club
38. Dirk Bell (17) of LTP Racing Club



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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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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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