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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A 25K Dog Fight May Be Won By The Bulldog

With the advent of the 10 km marathon swim as an Olympic event in 2008, the 25 km marathon took a hit. For the worse.

While the world’s fastest open water swimmers focused on the 10 km, the number of the fast swimmer tackling the longer 25 km races fell. That era is over.

Judging from the blistering fast women entered in next week’s 25 km race at the FINA World Championships, the race in Barcelona is going to be fast. Very, very fast.

With swimmers like world champions Angela Maurer and Ana Marcela Cunha competing against Olympians like Olga Beresnyeva, this race will be about 330 minutes of non-stop action. Throw in a pair of highly skilled Americans (Eva Fabian and Christine Jennings) and a few experienced Europeans (Italian Alice Franco and Czech Silvie Rybářová), then the race takes on a whole different level of competitiveness.

The race will demand over 5 hours of physical intensity and mental focus unlike few races ever held. The winner will be more likely defined as a survivor. The difference between victory and not may be which competitor makes the fewest tactical errors during the tight pack in the Mediterranean Sea. Under the water and on every stroke throughout the 25 km, these rivals will be eyeing each other like a hungry shark nearly a bloody carcass. They know each other so well that they will react to surges like a water polo player given a cheap shot: fast and with a vengeance. The women will be more fearless than a high diver and will be constantly thinking ahead like a chess master.

While each of these competitors has more than a decent shot of winning, the schedule may favor Yale University student Eva Fabian. While Maurer (2009) and Cunha (2011) have won the last two world 25 km championships and will undoubtedly play a major factor in the race, they will be swimming other hard races before the 25 km. This is the similar situation with Beresnyeva and Rybářová, who will also represent their countries in the 10 km races.

Over a long week of highly competitive racing, this gives a slight edge to the violin-playing Yalie. Her tank will be full and her heart is that of a lioness. At the very end of the race, this gives her a golden advantage. But, of course, when the going gets tough, all of these rivals get going.

Her Yale University coach Jim Henry observes, "Eva has done an excellent job preparing herself in the pool and in her mind for next Saturday’s World Championship race. I believe she has the experience and the training to be the first female American in many years to medal in the 25K distance. Eva’s biggest strength will be her mental toughness and the ability to enjoy the competition regardless of the conditions."

If you enjoy watching long tactical endurance races, there will be no more exciting race in Barcelona than the women’s 25 km competition. The list of competitors include the following:

1. Julia Lucila Arino (ARGENTINA)
2. Celia Barrot (FRANCE)
3. Olga Beresnyeva (UKRAINE)
4. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRAZIL)
4. Yang Dandan (CHINA)
5. Margarita Dominguez Cabezas (SPAIN)
6. Eva Fabian (UNITED STATES)
7. Alice Franco (ITALY)
8. Wasela Hussien (EGYPT)
9. Christine Jennings (UNITED STATES)
10. Yumi Kida (JAPAN)
11. Fabiana Lamberti (ITALY)
12. Angela Maurer (GERMANY)
13. Vicenia Navarro (VENEZUELA)
14. Paola Perez (VENEZUELA)
15. Barbora Picková (CZECH REPUBLIC)
16. Xeniya Romanchuk (KAZAKHSTAN)
17. Silvie Rybářová (CZECH REPUBLIC)
18. Lei Shan (CHINA)
19. Alexandra Sokolova (RUSSIA)
20. Nadine Williams (CANADA)
21. Svenja Theresa Zihsler (GERMANY)

1. Guillermo Bertola (ARGENTINA)
2. Luis Bolanos (VENEZUELA)
3. Martin Miguel Carrizo Yunges (ARGENTINA)
4. Badr Chebchoub (TUNISIA)
5. Igor Chervynskiy (UKRAINE)
6. Allan Do Carmo (BRAZIL)
7. Evgeni Drattcev (RUSSIA)
8. Vladimir Dyatchin (RUSSIA)
9. Simone Ercoli (ITALY)
10. Abdelrahman Esam (EGYPT)
11. Antonios Fokaidis (GREECE)
12. Spyridon Gianniotis (GREECE)
13. Philippe Guertin (CANADA)
14. Gergely Gyurta (HUNGARY)
15. Weng Jingwei (CHINA)
16. Vitaliy Khudyakov (KAZAKHSTAN)
17. Arseniy Lavrentyev (PORTUGAL)
18. Han Lidu (CHINA)
19. Thomas Lurz (GERMANY)
20. Rhys Mainstone-Hodson (AUSTRALIA)
21. Erwin Maldonado (VENEZUELA)
22. Alex Meyer (UNITED STATES)
23. Saleh Mohammad (SYRIA)
24. Jan Pošmourný (CZECH REPUBLIC)
25. Hercules Troyden Prinsloo (SOUTH AFRICA)
26. Christian Reichert (GERMANY)
27. Shahar Resman (ISRAEL)
28. Axel Reymond (FRANCE)
29. Simone Ruffini (ITALY)
30. Phillip Ryan (NEW ZEALAND)
31. Brian Ryckeman (BELGIUM)
32. Libor Smolka (CZECH REPUBLIC)
33. Igor Snitko (UKRAINE)
34. Bertrand Venturi (FRANCE)
35. Diogo Villarinho (BRAZIL)
36. Richard Weinberger (CANADA)
37. Jordan Wilimovsky (USA)

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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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