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Pat Gallant-Charette, 66, takes 18 hours to swim across English Channel

A 66-year-old from the United States has become the oldest woman to swim across the English Channel.

Pat Gallant-Charette battled lower-than-expected water temperatures, difficulty keeping her food down and a jellyfish sting on her face. She wrote on her blog that she also saw a large dorsal fin that turned out to be a sunfish, not a shark.

Mitali Khanzode Becomes Youngest Person to Swim Between Italy and Sicily

Water World Swim, the world leader in open water swimming, today announced Mitali Khanzode, a 15-year-old girl native to Sunnyvale, Calif., has successfully completed the swim of the Messina Strait. The 3.5Km (2.1 miles) aquatic traverse between the island of Sicily and mainland Italy took place on Sunday, 18 June, 2017, beginning around 8:50am local time, and took her 1 hour and 20 minutes while she faced rain, wind and challenging currents.

Swimming Through Barriers

Carlos Costa is something of a legend, in the world of marathon swimming.

In 1992, as a teenager, he made is first attempt to swim across Lake Ontario, but was forced to give up after 38 km. of the 52 km. swim, due to fierce thunderstorms that swept across the lake.

Disappointed, he tried again the following month – but again was forced to cut the swim short, this time after only  26k m., due to unusually frigid water temperatures.

He tried again in 1994 at the age of 20; this time the young swimmer completed the challenge, crossing from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Leslie Street Spit in 32 hours and 43 minutes.

USA Swimming Announces Open Water Team for FINA World Championships

Ten open water swimmers have been selected to represent Team USA at the 2017 FINA World Championships this summer, USA Swimming announced today.

The roster includes two-time Olympian Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif./Trojan Swim Club) and 2016 Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Team Santa Monica), who became the first American to qualify for the same Olympic Games in both an open water and pool event. 2012 Olympian Andrew Gemmell (Wilmington, Del./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) is also on the team.

Canada Grabs Gold On Third Day Of UANA Open Water Champs

Team Canada was golden again on day three of the UANA Open Water Championships, with wins in all four races.

Alex Katelnikoff and Chantal Jeffrey won gold in the junior 2.5-km races, while Stephanie Horner and Nicholas Masse-Savard won the senior 5-km races.

Katelnikoff and teammate Raben Dommann, who finished second, led for the entirety of the 2.5-km swim.

Mark Perry Named Swimming Canada’s Distance/Open Water Coach

When it’s time for the next generation of Canadian swimmers to decide on their future, John Atkinson wants to make sure they have plenty of options.

The introduction of Mark Perry as Swimming Canada’s first ever Distance/Open Water Coach is part of Atkinson’s plan to broaden Canada’s medal potential in the water.

Twelve to Swim the English Channel

American-French Relay Team Will Commemorate the Arrival of U.S. Troops in France 100 Years Ago for World War One

A team of six American swimmers and six French swimmers is preparing to cross the English Channel from Dover to France in a joint relay swim to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of U.S. troops in France for World War One.

Jordan Wilimovsky Wins U.S. Open Water National Title in Men’s 10k, Will Defend World Title

Jordan Wilimovsky has been the top open water swimmer in the United States over the past several years, winning the World title in the men’s 10k in 2015 before finishing fifth at the Olympics in Rio. He will defend that World title this summer in Budapest after he pulled away to win the U.S. national title in the event Friday at Castaic Lake.

Wilimovsky, representing Team Santa Monica, took over the lead at the halfway point and pulled away to win by a massive margin of 52 seconds. His final time was 1:57:45.613.

Noah Brune Crowned Men’s 5K Junior Open Water Champion USA

The 2017 Open Water Championships continued with the junior men’s and women’s 5K open water swims.

Noah Brune of the Mission Viejo Nadadores delivered a sizzling win in the junior men’s 5K open water swim, finishing with a time of 1:01.27.1.

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