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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Crossover Athletes Enjoy A Great Present And Future

Teenager George Horvath of the Aquazot Swim Club in Irvine, California is among the fastest 14-year-olds in pools across America. But a year ago, he started to dabble in open water swimming. He was a natural.

"He loves it," says his mother Katherine Horvath. "He finds something special about swimming open water."

"I like the freedom to be able to swim with no lane lines and no walls," explains George who trains 8,000 yards a day with his Aquazot teammates. "On weekends, I sometimes swim in the ocean."

The young man, like many top-notch distance freestylers around the world, has opportunities that previous generations of distance swimmers in the 20th century never had. With a great competitive spirit and a strong will to train, these crossover athletes see - and have - a world of opportunities.

From qualifying for the Olympics in the pool or open water as Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain), Cassandra Patten (Great Britain), Ous Mellouli (Tunisia), Erika Villaecija (Spain), Olga Beresnyeva (Ukraine), Chloe Sutton (USA), Kristel Köbrich (Chile), David Davies (Great Britain), Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria), Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece), Daniel Fogg (Great Britain), Cecilia Biagioli (Argentina), Troyden Prinsloo (South Africa), and Éva Risztov (Hungary) have, these athletes can also participate in any number of pool swimming World Cups to FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup and FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix or invitational events from China and Japan to England and Croatia to Brazil and South Africa.

While the very best are shuttled around with their national teams from city to city, going from hotel to indoor swimming pool, the talented crossover athletes are also treated to seaside resort hotels and compete in some of the most exotic and interesting marine environments in the world.

Besides being ranked among the top 3 freestylers in his age group in the pool, George also won the 2013 San Diego Sharkfest while setting the course record against many older, stronger and more experienced men. While he is gearing up to represent Southern California at an All-Star Meet in Olympia, Washington in the pool, he also loves that freedom in the ocean to just let it rip.

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