609 in 2015 and later

648 past in 2015 (updated 17-07-'15)

Parents of Fran Crippen Keep Alive His Memory at CeraVe Invitational

Pat and Pete Crippen waited on the pool deck inside the Sonny A. Werblin Recreation Center at Rutgers University. They joked and chatted with the safety marshals as the last session of the CeraVe Invitational got underway. And then, as the finalists emerged from the water after the 1500-meter free, the Crippens passed out small gifts to the swimmers.

They were at the meet on behalf of their late son and the foundation they established in his honor. But more than six years after he died, it’s possible that before Sunday night, many of the young swimmers in the heat had never heard of Fran Crippen.

Charlotte Webby defends NZ open water swimming title

First National open water championship with FINA new rules (wetsuits). Reliable source says that protest by swimmer without suit is denied. However the protest should be correct because no suits have been approved (as yet!). 

Swimming with wetsuits changes the sport so dramatically that it would no more be the same sport. OpenWaterSwimming.eu expresses the need to revise these rules to two separate classes: with and without wetsuits. To some swimmers in traditional attire wet-suits are no less than cheating!

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Taranaki swimmer Charlotte Webby retained her title at the New Zealand Open Water Championships in Taupo.

Webby claimed victory in the women's 10km championship while Swimming New Zealand high performance squad member Matthew Scott (Enterprise, Gisborne) took out the men's title on Saturday.

The championships were the first step for swimmers who hope to qualify for the FINA world championships and World University Games later this year, with the top five now heading to the second stage of qualifying at the Australian Open later this month.

Thrill of the open water

What actually goes on in the world of open water swimming? Swimmer Ridzwan A. Rahim offers some insight. ONE of the most liberating things I’ve have done for myself was to learn to swim. I used to fear deep water. At 33 however, I decided to change. I took up scuba diving and freediving. I learnt proper swim techniques and even lifesaving. Now at 40, I cannot look at seas and lakes without wanting to jump in. My biggest love is open water swimming. I relish being out in the open sea in little more than swimming trunks and goggles. My body is a vessel. The heart pumps blood to the limbs to carry this vessel across oceans.

Cape Town Swimmers dominate local open water swim

Sunday’s Eastern Cape Swim Series at Marina Martinique saw what is possibly the faster 10km time in this history of the Series when Cape Town swimmer Danie Marais touched at the end of the 10km marathon race in a time of 1hr 53min and 51secs.

Marais, a national swimmer, was followed home by fellow Western Province swimmers Dylan Wright (2:05.49) and Andrew Ritchie (2:06:02). Securing the clean sweep in the 10km swim for the Cape Town clubs were their ladies with Rebecca Meder (2:06:04) winning the ladies race from older sister Abigail Meder (2:10:09) and Carli Antonopoulos (2:11:03).

The largest race in the world joins the GSS… over 16,000 swimmers

You read that right, there are over 16,000 swimmers in South Africa’s “Midmar Mile“.

This makes it the third incredible race in South Africa to join the Global Swim Series.  In November the”Sanlam Cape Mile” joined the GSS.  It is a large race compared to most open water swims in the world with over 1,000 swimmers.  Then the spectacular “Freedom Swim“ joined.  It is a treacherous ocean swim from Robben Island to Cape Town.  Robben Island being historically significant for holding Nelson Mandela in jail for 18 of his 27 years in prison… before rising to become the President of a free South Africa.

Best Kept Open Water Secret: Tampa Bay Frogman Swim

The first “frogman” swim started when Sam Farnan met St Petersburg Times Writer, Terry Tomalin, Farnan, then a senior at St Pete Catholic HS, and swim team member, expressed an interest in becoming a Navy Seal. Tomalin told him, to be a Seal, you must be able to not only swim, but conquer cold water. Tomalin and Farnan turned to Commander Dan O’Shea USNR. O’Shea was a former Seal and a mentor to Farnan. They turned a swim across the Bay gathering into a New Year fundraiser for a Seal officer who had recently been wounded in Afghanistan. Also enlisting the help of Lt Mark Lampman, active duty Navy seal, the small committee of four organized the first Tampa Bay Frogman Swim.

Notts open water swimmer to tackle Irish lake as cold as waters where Titanic sank

A Nottinghamshire open water swimmer will tackle a swim across an Irish lake in water that is as cold as the waters where Titanic sank.

Adam Walker became the first Brit to swim the Ocean’s Seven, which consists of seven long-distance open-water swims across the world.

He is now preparing to take on a thirty minute swim across an Irish lake in nothing but his swimming trunks.

Stockton/Newcastle harbour swim cancelled indefinitely

AUSTRALIA Day’s traditional Newcastle harbour swim may never return to the water after organisers were forced to cancel this year’s event. 

Stockton Surf Life Saving Club announced this week they would not hold the event in 2017, only the second time club president and life member Trevor Upton remembers the event not proceeding.

The club issued a statement this week saying “increased marine activity” made it difficult to keep competitors safe during the open water swim.

Meet the ice mile: the toughest swimming test on the planet

A few years ago I travelled to Finland to compete in the Winter Swimming World Championships. It was one of their mildest winters for years but, even so, the water was still -0.7C. Adrenaline got me through the very short race – but afterwards I felt like my hands had been slammed in a car door and that my feet had been pounded by mallets. It was brutal.

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