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Tokyo Olympics Open Water Event Moved Up to Counter Heat Concerns

The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics have moved up the start times for the open water swimming event to account for possible high temperatures later in the day. The men’s and women’s 10-kilometer swims will begin at 6:30 a.m. local time, allowing an estimated competition time of around 9 a.m. The wo...

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Petar Stoychev to Receive 2020 Poseidon Award

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will recognize Petar Stoychev for his high-level achievement in marathon swimming with the 2020 Poseidon Award. The Award will be presented to Petar, on Saturday evening, during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Cere...

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Taylor Abbott Upgraded to Pan Am Games Silver Medal in Men’s 10K

The United States Olympic Committee on Wednesday announced three upgraded medals from the 2019 Pan American Games, including Taylor Abbott in the men’s 10-kilometer open water. Abbott had finished third to secure bronze in the race, his time 1:54.02.7. The gold from the race in Peru last summer rema...

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Roosevelt Lake Open Water Swim: A Narrative From Swimmer Joe Zemaitis

Roosevelt Lake Open Water Swim, A Narrative By Joe Zemaitis. 2020 has been a very unique year! With many other training options curtailed due to world events, but with continued pool access, I ended the summer with the best fitness I've had in years. My brother John and I usually do some internatio...

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Swimming Through Smoke: Michelle Rogalski's Journey To Alcatraz

Swimming Through Smoke: Michelle Rogalski's Journey To Alcatraz. By Michelle Rogalski. You could not see a thing. A small whiff of smoke was inhaled with every breath. Alcatraz only existed as a little black smudge on the horizon line, yet I was supposed to swim around the island in an hour. The fog...

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The Death of Fran Crippen: Dick Shoulberg Reflects on a Special Person

October 23, 2010 changed Dick Shoulberg's life forever. It was on that day that Fran Crippen tragically lost his life at age 26 during an open water race in hot water off the coast of Dubai. Now 81, Shoulberg had been the head coach of the swim team at Germantown Academy for over 40 years, leading k...

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Google Doodle Marks Indian Swimmer Arati Saha’s 80th Birthday

Thursday’s Google Doodle honored Arati Saha, on what would’ve been the Indian Channel swimmer’s 80th birthday. Saha was a trailblazer in the pool, born in Kolkata in 1940. She learned to swim under the guidance of Indian Olympian Sachin Nag, winning medals in national competition against adults at a...

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Cal Grad Catherine Breed Sets Monterey Bay Record in Charity Swim

Catherine Breed completed a crossing of Monterey Bay this week in less than 13 hours, setting a record for the open-water course. Breed’s swim started Monday night at Twin Lakes State Beach in Santa Cruz. Through water temperatures in the 50s and schools of jellyfish, Breed arrived at San Carlos Bea...

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Saint Lucia Channel Swim Set for Eventful Fall Calendar

The Saint Lucia Channel Swim Event in 2020 will include three open-water attempts next month in a scaled back event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three crossings are scheduled for the Saint Lucia Channel, which separates the island from Martinique 21 miles (33 kilometers) to the north. The announcem...

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Marathon Swimmer Abby Bergman Completes Crossing of Santa Monica Bay

Abby Bergman last week completed a rare crossing of Santa Monica bay, a 27-mile swim from Point Dume in Malibu to Rocky Point in Palos Verdes. Bergman made the swim in 16 hours, 25 minutes and 53 seconds through rough seas that greeted her in the 62-degree waters off Malibu. Headwinds at the start r...

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Vera Rivard Swims Solo Across English Channel at Age 16

Vera Rivard, a 16-year-old U.S. swimmer, completed a solo swim of the English Channel on Sept. 1. The Springfield, New Hampshire, and Derby, Vermont, resident, finished the swim in 14 hours, 10 minutes, becoming the youngest to complete the crossing in years. According to Channel Swimming Associatio...

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Why Women Have Beaten Men in Marathon Swimming?

Can Women Beat Men in Marathon Swimming? By Daniela Navarrete, Swimming World College Intern. Swimmers have biological differences that affect their performance according to their sex. Women have lower hemoglobin levels, oxygen supply, and do not develop as much muscular power. Therefore, in sprint ...

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Passages: English Channel Record Holder Barry Watson Dies at Age 81

Barry Watson, who held the record for the fastest English Channel crossing from 1964 to 1977, died this week at age 81. A native of Crossflatts, West Yorkshire, Watson swam the channel in 1964 at age 26. His time of nine hours, 35 minutes to cover the 21 miles from England to France held for nearly ...

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The Reasons Why Five Lakes Became New HOMES for Swimmers

The Reasons Why Five Lakes Became New HOMES for Swimmers By Gigi Picard Swimming World College Intern This summer was quite literally a dry spell for swimmers all over the world. A majority of swimmers in the United States lost access to school, club, community pools – and even local gyms dried up. ...