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Monday, November 14, 2016

Sabrina, Swiss Swimming Spectacularly

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Sabrina Wiedmer is versatile, living a global aquatic life.

In 2013, the 27-year-old Swiss started off her open water swimming career with a 16 km Cork to Cobh Swim in Ireland that took her 3 hours 10 minutes. She still holds the record for the fastest time on this course.

Over the winter, Wiedmer completed her first Ice Mile at the Eastern Bay International Ice Mile in Lough Dan. At the time, her swim established a women's world record in 25 minutes 51 seconds in the 3.3°C water.

The next year, Wiedmer swam 21 km across the length of Lake Thun in Switzerland in 6 hours 3 minutes. It was a prep swim for her 10 hour 13 minute crossing of the North Channel from Donaghadee in Northern Ireland to Portpatrick in Scotland. The 34 km swim took place in 12°C amid currents and jellyfish.

She completed a second Cork to Cobh Swim, but her 3 hour 56 minute crossing didn't match her earlier record-setting swim, but she was nominated for the Leinster Open Water Swimmer of the Year.

In 2015, she completed two Lake Windermere 35 km two-way crossings, one as a training swim (in 11 hours 9 minutes) and one British Long Distance Swimming Association night event in 10 hours 18 minutes in 16°C water where she swam for 8 hours in the dark and won the Senior Female Swimmer of the Year Award from the British Long Distance Swimming Association.

Wiedmer started off 2016 by establishing a women's ice kilometer world record at the International Ice Swimming Association Ireland in Armagh. Her 1 km swim in 4.5°C was completed in 13 minutes 58 minutes.

In 2016, she had quite a month of June when she completed a 12 km 3 hour 21 minute Tory Sound Swim between the mainland and Tory Island in Donegal, Ireland. A few weeks later, she crossed the Dál Riata Channel between Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and Cushendal in Northern Ireland. Her 8 hour 30 minute crossing was in 10-11°C water, the first woman to complete the swim.

Then a few months later, she crossed Loch Lomond from Ardlui to Balloch in Scotland. Her 35 km night swim took 10 hours 29 minutes.

For her most recent exploits in the cold and across channels, Wiedmer was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year among the following:

1. Victoria Mori (Argentina)
2. Rachele Bruni (Italy)
3. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands)
4. Olga Kozydub (Russia)
5. Sally Minty-Gravett, M.B.E. (Jersey)
6. Chloë McCardel (Australia)
7. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA)
8. Elizabeth Fry (USA)
9. Cheryl Reinke (USA)
10. Sabrina Wiedmer (Switzerland)
11. Nuala Moore (Ireland)
12. Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)
13. Samantha Arévalo Salinas (Ecuador)
14. Jaimie Monahan (USA)

To vote for the WOWSA Awards, visit here. Online voting continues until December 31st 2016.

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