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USA Swimming Names 24 To National Open Water Select Camp

zo, 21/05/2017 - 15:58

USA Swimming has announced a roster of 24 for their 11th Annual National Open Water Select Camp, set to be held from June 6-10 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.

The camp is used to provide up-and-coming American distance swimmers with an educational and motivational experience. The camp is a key step as athletes look to transition from the pool to open water, and hopefully eventually representing the U.S. internationally.

Read the article @   SwimSwam

training & coachingAmericas

U.S. Open Water Lessons from Rio Olympics

zo, 21/05/2017 - 15:56

Haley Anderson arrived in Rio as the reigning Olympic silver medalist in the 10k open water swim, and Jordan Wilimovsky was the reigning World Champion in the event, but no American finished on the podium in either of the marathon swim events.

Anderson and Wilimovsky each finished fifth in their respective 10k races, while Sean Ryan placed 13th in the men’s event. Still, USA Swimming National Team Open Water Program Director Bryce Elser won’t call what happened in Rio a setback.

Medal count has definitely always been in the back of our minds, but looking at overall team performance is crucial,” Elser said. “It’s tough to put medals behind an event where so many things can go wrong in a race.”

Read the analysis and see the pictures @ SwimmingWorldMagazine


Drogheda’s Boyne Swim Is Back

zo, 21/05/2017 - 15:53

The Boyne Swim will once again headline the Irish Maritime Festival taking place in Drogheda Port this summer.

200+ competitors will take to the river Boyne to swim the 2.7km tidal route.

Ray Donagh of Drogheda Triathlon Club is one of the Boyne Swim organisers. He explains: "The Boyne Swim takes place at 12.50pm on Saturday 10th June. The first swimmers will pass by the Tall Ships of the Irish Maritime Festival about 25 minutes later with the first swimmer crossing the finish line by 1.25pm."

Read the full article and see the pictures @ Afloat

local swim(s)Ireland (+ N-I )

Two summer swim events launched this week

zo, 21/05/2017 - 15:51

Donegal is the place to test yourself—to push your limits, or to try something new. Gartan Open Water Swimmers have added a new string to Donegal’s bow in recent years—alongside events like WAAR, the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra, or The Race. Two years ago they launched the inaugural Gartan Swim Challenge, and last year they added the Sheephaven Bay Swim.

“Donegal has everything for those who want to push themselves—hills, mountains, loughs and sea.” Mark Loughridge said at the launch of this year’s swims on Friday evening. “We’ve got everything here, and these swim events provide people with a chance to try something different, to push themselves to new limits, and to discover Donegal.”

Read the article and view the picture @ HighlandRadio

local swim(s)Ireland (+ N-I )

Swim the Arctic Circle 2017, Juoksengi in Sweden and Juoksenki in Finland

wo, 03/05/2017 - 10:09
Date: Saturday, 15 July, 2017 (All day)

A unique swimming competition!

Come and cross borders in the open-water swimming competition in the Torne river.
You will not only swim across the border between Sweden and Finland, but also across the Arctic Circle and the time zone.
Feel welcome to come and cross your own personal borders too.

2000 m

The mass start at 2000 meters is done during daytime. It starts at the beach north of the Arctic Circle and before reaching the finish-line south of the Arctic Circle you will have swum over the national boarder to Finland. Start and finish at the Swedish shore.

3000 m

Night swimming in the bright nordic summer night. Starting from the Finish shore right after midnight, Finnish hour. You will not only swim over the border between Sweden and Finland, but also cross the Arctic Circle and the time zone. The one that is able to swim the distance in less than 60 minutes will actually cross the finish-line before the day the competition began.

local swim(s)FinlandSweden

Moline’s Frederiksen wins open water title; sets sights on swimming English Channel

di, 02/05/2017 - 21:48

MOLINE--Following the conclusion of coaching his third high-school boys' and girls' swimming season, Moline native and graduate Craig Frederiksen has taken on what he says will be his biggest challenges yet as a swimmer.

Frederiksen, 31, was the top male finisher in his age group at the U.S. Masters Swimming Marathon Distance Open Water National Championships -- a seven-mile swim around the Lido Key in Sarasota, Fla., on April 22. Frederiksen completed his swim in 2:28.20, a pace of 21.11 minutes per mile, to win the 30-34 age group. He also finished second overall.

read the article and see the picture QuadCityOnline

pool > 5K swimAmericas

First session of Felixstowe open water swimmers season sees 60 people brave rough sea

di, 02/05/2017 - 21:45

The Felixstowe Swimscapes Open Water Swimming group members met in the coastal town at 1pm, with people of all ages taking part.

Monday marked five years since the launch of the group, which meets on Saturday at 10.30am and on Monday at 6pm during their season.

Seamus Bennett, group organiser, said: “It was very rough and lots of people got knocked over, but it was a good day.

Read the article and see the pictures @      EastAnglianDailyTimes

training & coachingGreat Britain /UK

Open Water Festival still has strong following

di, 02/05/2017 - 21:41

After competing in the Open Water Nationals at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, Stephanie Peacock talks about her chances in the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials this coming week in Omaha, Nebraska.

When Southwest Florida organizers lost the Open Water Nationals this year, they wondered about how many swimmers they’d get for this weekend’s Open Water Festival at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

The answer is a lot.

Read the rest of the article, see the pictures and watch the video @ News-Press

National ChampionshipAmericas

Gambia set for 7th Regional Open Water Swimming championship

di, 02/05/2017 - 21:35

The 7th Edition of the National Open Water Swimming Championship organised by the Gambia Swimming Association is scheduled to take place on Saturday 6 May 2017 in Barra, North Bank Region at 11am.

The swimming race will be contested in two categories; 1.5KM for the junior swimmers and 3KM for the seniors. Scholarships will be awarded to the best junior swimmers at the end of the championship. 

Read the article and see the picture @ The Point

National ChampionshipAfrika

First Tasmanian to swim English Channel celebrates 10th Anniversary with 10k swim in Scots Loch

di, 02/05/2017 - 21:32

Swimming 10k is nothing for elite swimmer Anne Steele. She spent her last holiday swimming from island to island in the Maldives where the water is 29 degrees and clear. In Loch Earn in the highlands of Scotland the water is a pitch-black 13 degrees. Anne's main problem is finding water in Tasmania that is cold enough. Listen as she outlines her training plan (including lying in ice baths) and shares the connection this swim has with her late Father.

Listen to the interview on Radio Hobart

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Robinson takes out Webby by a fraction...

za, 15/04/2017 - 13:25

After all of the rain, we were hoping for a clear day on Saturday for the King of the Bays, to round off the season - and wow did the weatherman over deliver! The beautiful sunny day (with just a little bit of chop out there to keep the ocean swimmers happy!) made for a perfect finale with 1400 swimmers taking part in the four distances across the day.

The fastest swimmers across the line in the 2.8km distance were NZ Open Water Champion, Matthew Scott (35:16mins) and 2016 Rio Olympian, Emma Robinson (35:58mins). 

Charlotte Webby’s second place in the event secured her the Overall Series female title, retaining her title from last year. While Matthew Scott’s fourth win of the summer confirmed him our Overall Series male winner.

Check out the event results, non-wetsuit results and photos from our final event of the season. 

Read more about New Zealand swimming @ New Zealand Ocean Swim Series

local swim(s)Australia & Oceania

National swimmer to compete in World Cup

za, 15/04/2017 - 13:11

National swimmer Anna Gurbanova will compete in the World Championship to be held in Budapest, Hungary.

"I am happy to compete under the Azerbaijani flag ", she said while talking to Trend Life.

The 17th FINA World Championships will be held in Budapest and Balatonfüred from July 14 to July 30. World championships for six disciplines will be held in the middle of the high season.

read the article and see the picture @ AzerNews


Qatar Open Water Swimming Championship to kick off on 28th of April

za, 15/04/2017 - 04:03

Doha: The annual Qatar Open Water Swimming Championship will kick off in Al Dhakira Corniche on the 28th of April.

Race is open for all, both individuals teams male and female.

Read the article @  ThePeninsulaQatar

National ChampionshipAsia

Sign up for the COEGA Mina Mile Open and make a splash!

za, 15/04/2017 - 04:00

The COEGA Sunwear/GO Sport Mina Mile Open Water Swim Series makes its final splash of the season next week and you can still join with registration still open.

On Saturday, April 15, hundreds will flock to Barasti Beach at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort in Dubai as they take to waters across different distances.

Read the article and see the picturtes @ Sport360

local swim(s)Asia

New Cancer Research swimming challenge revealed for Welwyn Garden City

za, 15/04/2017 - 03:49

Cancer Research UK has just announced a brand new obstacle swimming challenge on the open waters of Stanborough Park, in Welwyn Garden City.

Obstacle Swim will see hundreds of participants powering their way through adrenaline packed obstacles across either a 500m or 1km open water swimming course.

The event, which takes place on May 21, is designed for everyone from novice open water swimmers to swimming enthusiasts looking for a different kind of challenge.

Read the article @ WelwynTimes

local swim(s)Great Britain /UK

Fernald to discuss open water endurance swimming

za, 15/04/2017 - 03:27

PORTSMOUTH — Blue Ocean Society will host a presentation from open water endurance swimmer Bob Fernald of North Hampton on Thursday, April 6.

Fernald completed his three-year journey to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in 2016, crossing the English Channel, a circumnavigational swim around Manhattan Island and crossing the Catalina Channel. He will share his love of open water swimming, discuss his local swims, impacts he sees on the ocean and how he gives back to the local community. In addition to a “clean the ocean” swim planned for Blue Ocean Society, he has helped raise thousands of dollars for Seacoast swim facilities.

Read the article @ PortsmouthOnLine

local swim(s)Americas

Swimming duo conquer ‘ice mile’ – a feat rarer than summiting Everest

za, 15/04/2017 - 03:23

A pair of Suffolk swimmers have joined an exclusive group of little more than 200 people worldwide to have completed the ultimate cold water swimming challenge – the Ice Mile.

Read the article and see the pictures @ IpswichStar

ice and winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK

'I don't want to die in pyjamas, I want to die in my togs' - Elderly Irish sea swimmers star in inspiring video

zo, 09/04/2017 - 02:33

Three elderly Irish people have opened up about why they love swimming in treacherous waters in an inspiring video.

In the video 'The Invincibles', produced by Dulux Ireland, the Cork swimmers explain the rush they get when they step foot in the open water, even though people may question its safety.

"I enjoy being perceived as an eccentric. [The water is] like a friend who can turn on you for no apparent reason," says Tom McCarthy (63) from Carrigaline.

"Your whole body is tingling, like the blood is rushing through your body like champagne. It's effervescent.

"I don't want to die in my pyjamas. I don't want to die in my boots. I want to die in my togs."

Myrtleville Swimmers Tom Bermingham said it's the biggest adrenaline rush he gets. 

read the article and see the video and pictures @ The Independent

MastersIreland (+ N-I )

Why Swimming Is So Good For You

zo, 09/04/2017 - 02:05

Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas.

Read the article by Markham Heid @ Time

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