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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
NCAA Agrees Triathlon Is Emerging
This designation allows the NCAA member institutions to award athletic opportunities to female student-athletes. This means that NCAA colleges and universities can award financial aid packages to its scholars who show talent in swim-bike-run competitions.
￼￼￼￼This is a huge victory for the sport of triathlon, USA Triathlon, and its enthusiasts and supporters.
With this designation, triathlon varsity teams on campus must abide by all NCAA regulations, which include limits on playing and practice seasons, recruiting regulations, student-athlete eligibility, financial aid limits, coaching limits, and the accepted format for the sport.
Triathlon was determined to meet the following criteria required by the NCAA:
o There must be 20 or more varsity teams and/or competitive club teams that currently exist on college campuses in that sport
o Collegiate recreation and intramural sponsorship
o High-school sport sponsorship
o Nonscholastic competitive programs
o Association and organization support
o U.S. Olympic Committee support (e.g., classified as an Olympic sport, National Governing Body support, grants)
o Conference interest in sports sponsorship
o Coaches Association support
o Professional sports support
o 10 letters of commitment from 10 member institutions that sponsor or intend to sponsor the sport as an emerging sport and include the signatures of the president and the athletics director of those institutions.
But it also demonstrates the massive uphill battle - arguably an impossible task at least for a generation - that open water swimming may have for its own hopes for NCAA recognition.
If we look at the NCAA criteria, open water swimming in America falls woefully short - at this time - for NCAA recognition. No way, no how does it seem like open water swimming can rise to the occasion in the halls of the NCAA like the sport of triathlon. Currently, the status of open water swimming at the collegiate level in America vis–à–vis the NCAA criteria is as follows:
o 20 varsity teams or competitive club teams do not currently exist
o Collegiate recreation and intramural sponsorship does not currently exist
o High-school sport sponsorship does not currently exist
o Nonscholastic competitive programs do currently exist
o Association and organization support does not currently exist outside of USA Swimming and the American Swimming Association Open Water Swimming Collegiate National Championships
o U.S. Olympic Committee support (e.g., classified as an Olympic sport, National Governing Body support, grants) does currently exist
o Conference interest in sports sponsorship does not currently exist
o Coaches Association support does not currently exist
o Professional sports support does currently exist via FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup and FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuits and prize money provided by FINA at its world championships and numerous professional races both domestically within the United States and internationally around the world
o 10 letters of commitment from 10 member institutions that sponsor or intend to sponsor the sport as an emerging sport and include the signatures of the president and the athletics director of those institutions does not exist
That being said, there are a bevy of well-spoken recent college graduates (from Alex Meyer and Andrew Gemmell to Haley Anderson and Ashley Twichell) who are well-respected ambassadors of the sport. Together with their well-respected coaches (from Dave Salo to Bruce Gemmell), it is entirely possible that a 5 km or 10 km open water swim and relays could be eventually added to the NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming Championship program in the future. It is likely - sometime way, way in the future - that open water swimmers are specifically recruited by NCAA swimming coaches. But the fundamental key will be the push, lobbying and encouragement by USA Swimming, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America and the American Swimming Coaches Association. With the support from these three powerful organizations, we believe universities, conferences and coaching associations will follow suit and join in a collective voice to add an open water swimming event to the annual NCAA Swimming Championships.
In contrast and in some ways, adding an event like a 3 km, 5 km or 10 km race to the NCAA Swimming Championships seems bureaucratically easier than recognizing an entirely new sport like triathlon. While issues such as location must be worked out, the rules, organizational know-how, referees and athletes are already readily available. Additionally, open water swimming is already a recognized international aquatic discipline and Olympic event which helps the NCAA understand how integral open water swimming within the global aquatic community.
So we are confident that open water swimming's time will come.
Related article on the NCAA and open water swimming include the following:
* Why The NCAA Should Add Open Water Swimming
* It Is Only A Matter Of Time For Triathlons And Open Water
* Triathlon And The Collegiate Experience
* Give Open Water Swimming An Old College Try
Photo shows Sara McLarty, a representative of USA Triathlon, USA Swimming and the University of Florida.
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
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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