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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. ...

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Chloë McCardel Set to Break English Channel Crossing Record

Ultra-marathon swimmer Chloë McCardel is expected to leave British shores early Sunday morning (August 16) in her extraordinary quest to break the men’s world record for the number of English Channel crossings. The Melbourne-raised Sydneysider, who has spent many months in Kent, UK, over the past de...

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From the Pool to the Ocean: The Transition

From the Pool to the Ocean: The Transition (Open Water Swimming) By Daniela Navarrete, Swimming World College Intern. Most swimmers have swum or will swim at least an off event throughout their careers. These off events could include trying out for open water, you never know! Sometimes it might turn...

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Drowning Prevention Book "Charlie the savior" Inspired by Baywatch

Drowning Prevention In 1997, young Charlie Hayes, asked his mother to see the set of the world's #1 TV series Baywatch.  This was his last wish as he was suffering from terminal cancer. His wish came true. He met the legendary creator, director and producer, Greg Bonann. The love he received from Gr...

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Phoenix Swimmer Henry Palmer Finishes Santa Barbara Channel Swim

In one of the first sanctioned marathon swims since the falling of COVID-19 restrictions, Henry Palmer completed a swim across the Santa Barbara Channel this week. Palmer finished the swim from Oxnard, Calif., to Anacapa Island in six and a half hours. He covered 14.3 miles in what was originally pl...

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Olympian, Activist Neil Agius Completes Sicily-Malta Swim

Malta Olympian Neil Agius has completed a swim from Sicily to Malta in a record-setting time this week. Agius departed from Punta Braccetto in Ragusa, Sicily in in the early morning hours of Thursday. He arrived in Balluta Bay in St. Julian’s at 9:21 am on Friday, a time of 28 hours, seven minutes a...