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Eric Nilsson, Kristin Jones Win 10-Mile World Championship

At the Fifth Annual Kingdom Swim signature race, age proved a valuable asset to climb a top the podium.

Maturity showed and stamina was sustained on both the men's and women's side when 20-somethings were able to out-swim some pretty tough and seasoned teenagers.

Post college graduates gradually got the upper hand in the challenging 10-mile world championship course against their younger colleagues.

As if hinting at the advantage and benefits of elderly wisdom, the victorious swimmers were awarded beautifully hand-carved walking sticks crafted by a renowned local pediatrician, Dr. Bill Peck.

26-year-old Eric Nilsson (Sandy Lincoln, kayaker) took home the hand carved Kingdom Swim walking stick and the title of World Open Water Swimming Association’s 10 Mile World Champion.

The Weston, Massachusetts swimmer and former NCAA swimmer from Northeastern University posted a record setting time of 3 hours 38 minutes 36 seconds. His steady 13:32 per kilometer or a 1:21 per 100m pace was powerful as he kept up his stroke rate while fending off a determined challenge by 17-year-old Feodor Orlov of Dublin, Ohio (Rob Geisler, kayaker) who finished in 3:43:51.

Third-place finisher in the 2013 World 10-mile Championships went to 47-year-old Andrew Pulsifer of Ashville, North Carolina (Emily Pulsifer, kayaker) who posted a time of 4:08:56.

Among the women, 23-year-old Kristin Jones (Elizabeth Otto, kayaker) who traveled from Juneau, Alaska claimed the walking stick and world title with a winning time of 4:05:45 (1:24 per 100m pace). Five years her junior, Emma Otto-Moudry, an 18-year-old from Ithaca, New York (Don Houghton, kayaker), finished second in a time of 4:19:99 over Dani Stein of Saratoga Springs, New York (Terry Leahy, kayaker).

Swimmers came from 28 states, two Canadian provinces, and London, England to compete in the Kingdom Swim and the first WOWSA 10-Mile World Championship. Phil White, Director of Kingdom Swim and founding member of the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association, was characteristically grateful to the volunteers who helped make the event a huge success. "Memphremagog is a big lake with highly variable conditions. The course is beautiful and challenging with long stretches without buoys or guides. Navigation is a key part of the race which is why the event lists the kayaker with the swimmer. This year, Memphregagog provided near perfect conditions although the wind picked up at times and the subtle currents were always ready to challenge even the best navigators."

175 swimmers took part in one of the six races (10 mile, 6 mile, 3 mile, 1 mile, ¼ mile and 100 yards) with ages ranging from 7 to 70. Finish times are posted on the Kingdom Swim website here.

Out on the water, the swimmers were supported by volunteer civilian patrol boats led by Acting Rear Admirals, Bruce and Karen Lippens, as well as the State Police, Newport City Police, Fish and Wildlife, and Border Patrol. Eric Miller of the City of Newport provided the command central with Newport’s mobile unit at the beach.

Major underwriting for Kingdom Swim and the 25 days of running, biking, swimming, and kayaking hosted as part of the Kingdom Summer Games 2013 was a community effort. Major sponsors included Jay Peak Resort and North Country Hospital, in addition to Community Financial Services Group, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Northeast Delta Dental, The EastSide Restaurant, Town of Derby, Derby Village Store, and the City of Newport. Andy Cappella of the Newport Department of Parks and Recreation hosted the field at The Gateway Center on Friday evening and Prouty Beach on Friday and Saturday.

The swim raised US$1,850 for North Country’s Patient Care Initiative Fund. The winner of the Cobra Kayak was 71-year-old swimmer Rob Madell of New York City. Mina Elnacash of Cambridge, Massachusetts won a guided swim from Alcatraz to the San Francisco piers. Heather Greene of Garden City Kansas won a slot in Ned Denison’s famed Cork Distance Week Camp in Cork, Ireland. Eric Anderson of Madison, Wisconsin won an entry into the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona organized by former 10-mile Kingdom swimmer Kent Nicholas.

In addition to their walking stick, the winners also walked away with a pound of delicious beef jerky and a half gallon of the most killer maple syrup.

Next up on Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association’s schedule is a 25-mile kayak expedition the length of Lake Memphremagog on July 27th, Lake Seymour Swim and Aquaman Even Up Triathlon on August 3rd as part of Kingdom Triathlon, followed by 7 days of open water swimming over the course of 9 days on August 10 through 18th. The swimming season closes with the Third Annual In Search of Memphre, a 25-mile swim the length of Lake Memphremagog.

For more information, contact Phil White at pwhite@orleansrecreation.org

Women's 10-mile Championship Results:

1. Kristin Jones (23) 4:05:46
2. Emma Otto-Moudry (18) 4:19:49
3. Dani Stein (26) 4:28:02
4. Charlotte Brynn (47) 4:33:44
5. Nicole Hirshman (39) 4:46:03
6. Lynn Ascione (46) 4:54:34
7. Denise Brown (53) 4:56:58
8. Genevieve Mackwood (53) 5:00:50
9. Ann von Spiegelfeld (51) 5:08:15
10. Abigail Fairman (36) 5:17:23
11. Christine Moats (44) 5:27:35
12. Laura Kenny (30) 5:34:27
13. Nancy Davidson (48) 5:36:46
14. Janet Manning (49) 5:41:43
15. Elaine Howley (35) 5:42:03
16. Kimberly Plewa (30) 5:48:28
17. Jennifer Dutton (44) 5:54:11
18. Lesley Fanning (44) 5:59:04
19. Susan Kirk (53) 6:06:17
20. Paula Yankauskas (58) 6:17:16
21. Alison Meehan (41) DNF

Men's 10-mile Championship Results:
1. Eric Nilsson (26) 3:38:36
2. Feodor Orlov (17) 3:43:51
3. Andrew Pulsifer (47) 4:08:57
4. Ken Classen (52) 4:20:38
5. Bill Shipp (53) 4:23:22
6. Rick Alexander (42) 4:24:38
7. Alexander Holdridge (29) 4:28:41
8. Thomas Schwartz (53) 4:33:04
9. Gil Sharon (39) 4:36:41
10. Michael Leake (35) 4:37:53
11. Philip Schoepke (51) 4:46:11
12. barney Heller (59) 4:47:37
13. Kevin Joubert (41) 4:47:45
14. John Royer (30) 4:49:32
15. Gary Labine (51) 5:04:15
16. Steven Shotts (42) 5:04:21
17. Michael Mundy (48) 5:08:03
18. Timothy Root (30) 5:16:08
19. Steve Patton (46) 5:19:44
20. Christopher Stevens (51) 5:26:07
21. Brian McLaughlin (58) 5:28:51
22. Paul Krakovitz (43) 5:33:26
23. Bryce Croll (29) 5:46:26
24. Jim Birmingham (39) 5:52:03
25. Eric Anderson (27) 6:00:04
26. Eric Winn (58) 6:48:06
27. Jeffrey Lime (46) 8:11:23

Photos courtesy of Phil White and Roberta Moudry.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda

Friday, 19 September



Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)

Saturday, 20 September



Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland



Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming



Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport



Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water



Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming



Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry



Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)



Coffee and Break



World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]



Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]



Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers



Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]



Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]



Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]



International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]



International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)






International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

Sunday, 21 September



Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland



Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC



Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]



Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World



Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way



Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming



Survey distribution and group photo-taking



Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute


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.

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"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."

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