Man takes the plunge for long swim

The original article by Harrisson Haas is posted (with picture) on since Thursday, August 26, 2010

Six years ago, Meredith resident George Brunstad made history by becoming the oldest person to swim the English Channel and as early as this afternoon he may be in the local record books as being the oldest to cross Lake Winnipesaukee.

Contiguous Solo Crossing Relay Across The Catalina Channel

The original article is posted on The Daily News of Open Water Swimming since Thursday, August 26, 2010

During the 17-hour swim, Crossing the English Channel

The original blog is posted on Homework since August 24, 2010

12 Miles in 7 Hours - Man Swims from Anacapa Island to Oxnard

The original article by Tyler Hayden is posted (with picture) on Santa Barabara Independent since Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Although he started swimming at age 24, 52-year-old Dave Van Mouwerik knew that to cross the ocean from Anacapa Island to Oxnard would be no easy task. So he started training months ago, prepping himself for the solo journey that he recognized would be a true test of endurance and fortitude.

On the board of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association — a group that promotes, organizes, and tracks swims between the northern Channel Islands and the mainland — Mouwerik had seen his fair share of long-distance trips but wanted to test himself, as he put it. “I knew I had a bigger swim in me,” he said, “and I wanted to pick one that was doable.”

Bruckner Chase successfully swims across Monterey Bay

The original article by Julie Jag and Dennis Tayloris posted (with picture) on Santa Cruz Sentinal since 08/24/2010 11:00:00 PM PDT

MONTEREY -- The online satellite tracking of Bruckner Chase as he attempted to swim across the Monterey Bay on Tuesday stopped somewhere short of Moss Landing. Chase stopped near there too, but only to put on a wetsuit. Then the Santa Cruz native continued slogging through clumps of stinging jellyfish all the way to San Carlos Beach in Monterey, finishing the 25-mile journey and becoming just the second person to swim across the bay.

When he stumbled ashore, 14 hours after he started, about 100 spectators had gathered to greet him.

49-year-old Penny Palfrey Is Now 41 (Triple Crown )


"She is amazing. I can't imagine anyone finishing under those conditions," said Lynn Kubasek, one of the support crew of Penny Palfrey's Catalina Channel crossing yesterday. "It was a bumpy ride over to Catalina Island and it was a very bumpy swim back over [to the mainland]. We had things flying across the boat during the swim. Mother Nature was definitely not nice."

"The water temperature started at 66°F (18.8°C), then it dropped to 61°F (16.1°C) mid-channel and by the time she finished it was 53-54°F (12°C). It was so cold that I am so amazed at her success. Getting that one crossing done was tough. She had such a hard shiver afterwards, but she was in pretty good spirits considering that she is number 41 in the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming."

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Channel swim - some reflections

source the blog from Karen Throsby :

It’s been 10 days now since I swam the Channel. Physically, I emerged from it better than I thought I would; mostly I just felt really hung over for several days – probably the result of dehydration, plus general metabolic chaos. I wasn’t particularly stiff or sore, but my energy levels were very erratic, and I was quite hyper from adrenalin and sugar for a couple of days post-swim. Consequently, I had trouble sleeping for more than a couple of hours at a time for several days. Still, I felt like the training had really paid off, and that I’d come out it pretty well, with no injuries to speak of. In psychological terms, it took a while for it to all sink in. I’d found the last four hours incredibly hard, distressing…

Swimmer Braves Murky Loch Ness for Charity

The original article is posted (with pictures) on UT D since Aug. 24, 2010

Alumna's Relay Team Crosses 23-Mile Lake to Aid Afghan Women and Children

One summer after her solo English Channel crossing, Sophie Rutenbar has again boldly gone where few have swum before her.

The UT Dallas alumna joined five other long-distance swimmers in an Aug. 5 relay swim across Scotland’s murky Loch Ness to raise money for the Afghan Mother and Child Rescue (AMCR) charity.

The six women traversed the 23-mile length of the lake, known as the home of the fabled Loch Ness Monster, in 13 hours and 23 minutes.

Open water swim a lesson in finishing what you start

The original article is posted by Vincent Putera on The Winfield Daily Courier with pictures since Monday, August 23, 2010 4:34 PM CDT

Let me start by saying that I’ve never done anything that’s even remotely close to this. I don’t consider myself a regular swimmer, let alone an avid swimmer. But when the opportunity to swim what could very well be the first Open Water Swim in the Midwest region, my childlike sense of wonder came knocking.

I could do this, I thought. And I did, and this is how it all happened.

The 2010 Winfield Open Water Swim stretches out one mile out and back along the Winfield City Lake dam and hence appropriately dubbed the “dam swim.”

Ned Denison, A Mountain And Mover In Open Water Swimming

 The original article bt Steven Munatones is posted on The Daily News of Open Water Swimming since Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lewis Pugh signs up for Midmar Mile

The original article is posted (with picture) on since 23 August 2010

Lewis Pugh, the first man to complete long-distance swims in every ocean, including the Arctic and Antarctic, without the aid of a wetsuit, has signed up to take part in South Africa's famous open-water swim, the Midmar Mile.

Mum gives up job to swim English Channel

The original article by Duncan Smith is posted on This is Local London since 12:01pm Monday 23rd August 2010

A MOTHER of two is training for a marathon swim across the English Channel next month in aid of the Royal National Life Boat Institution.

Chantal Carr, 35, from Edmonton, has given up her job to complete intensive training before the gruelling 21-mile swim from Dover beach to Cap Gris-Nez near Calais through a busy shipping lane.

Mrs Carr said: "Doing a Channel swim is something I have been thinking about for a few years. Reading up about it I found out that it is 80 per cent mental and 20 per cent physical.

U.S. swimmers deliver perfect Pan Pacific finish by winning 10K races

The original article by David Felton is posted on Post-Telegram since 08/22/2010 11:12:59 PM PDT

LONG BEACH - Only the rules of the Pan Pacific Championships could keep the American women from sweeping the medals at Sunday's 10K open water race at Marine Stadium.

The U.S. contingent actually posted the four best times of the race, led by Christine Jennings (2 hours, 0 minutes, 33.834 seconds) and 17-year-old Eva Fabian (2:00:35.759).

Emily Brunemann crossed the finish line third in 2:00:37.866 and Haley Anderson was fourth (2:00:40.975) with Australian Melissa Gorman a distant fifth in 2:00:56.579.

But because of a Pan Pac rule that essentially limits a nation to a maximum of two medals in each event, Gorman was awarded the bronze medal and will be officially recorded as the third-place finisher.

Peterson able to finish strong at swim event

The original article is posted on OC register (with picture) since Aug. 22, 2010 | 10:05 p.m.

Long Beach – After nearly 10,000 meters and two hours of swimming, and an excruciating 100 meters still remaining in the Pan Pacific Games Open water event, Fullerton's Chip Peterson burst into the lead, leaving the field and the disappointment of not making the 2008 Olympic Games in his wake.

The University of North Carolina graduate finished the five-lap course around the Long Beach Marine Stadium on Sunday morning in 1-hour, 56 minutes and 00.02 seconds, taking a major step toward next year's World Championships in Shanghai and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Former Mission Viejo Nadadore Fran Crippen was second in 1:56:02.74 with Canada's Richard Weinberger third at 1:56:02.98.