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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.

Jordan Wilimovsky, Ashley Twichell Win At U.S. Open Water Swimming Nationals

CASTAIC LAKE, Calif. -- Defending world champion Jordan Wilimovsky and Ashley Twichell won the 10-kilometer titles at the open water national championships Friday.

Their victories clinched berths in the 10k for this summer's world swimming championships in Hungary. Also earning world berths were men's runner-up Brendan Casey and two-time Olympian Haley Anderson, who was second to Twichell.

Seven Sisters College Women to Swim Both Ways Across Catalina Channel in Unique 40-Mile Relay Event

LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Six female athletes are coming together to swim 40 miles this summer — across the Catalina Channel in both directions — as a statement of teamwork and empowerment for women everywhere.

The two-way Catalina Channel open-water swim will be completed by a group of six women representing the iconic Seven Sister Colleges. The swim is scheduled to begin in the evening of Friday, June 16th, from the Palos Verdes Peninsula; the total distance to be swum is approximately 40 miles. The women swimming across the channel are all either current students or alumnae of the Seven Sisters Schools (which include Smith College, Wellesley College, Bryn Mawr, Vassar, Mount Holyoke, Barnard and originally Radcliffe).

USA Swimming Names 24 To National Open Water Select Camp

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.

U.S. Open Water Lessons from Rio Olympics

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.”

Cold Lake Poses Challenges at Open Water Nats

Competing among the elements always brings its set of challenges, and this week’s U.S. Open Water National Championships at Castaic Lake, that test will be some unseasonably chilly water.

USA Swimming had picked the date and location for this year’s World Championships selection event hoping for conditions similar conditions to what athletes will swim in in Budapest this July—specifically, water around 72-74 degrees Fahrenheit. But towards the end of April, National Team Open Water Program Director Bryce Elser realized the lake was not warming up as was expected.

Family Competition Replaces Family Dinners

“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.” – Buddha

Family can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. For some, it includes those that are related to us by blood. For others, family means the people that are closest to them throughout different stages in their lives. People tend to have a variety of “family type” groups that make up their day to day existence. Different examples include the work family, the home family, the sport family. All of these groups connect us to something.  It is that connection that allows us to grow knowing that we are part of something bigger than just ourselves. 

At border's edge, open-water marathoners swim for migrant aid

A dozen elite swimmers from five countries will dive into the waters off San Diego, California on Friday. Ten kilometers later, they'll come ashore in Tijuana, Mexico, raising funds for families whose loved ones disappear along the migrant trail.

Leticia Orozco and Manuel Aguirre are leaning against a fence, listening as their granddaughter recounts her latest swimming accomplishment. She’s ten years old on this sunny Saturday afternoon, and despite her proud smile that beckons a congratulatory hug, she and her grandparents don’t move any closer. The giant, rust-colored slates of the US-Mexico border wall stand between them.

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