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

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.

Open Water Festival still has strong following

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.

Competitors Post Fast Times at the 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim on Earth Day

Jay Eckert, 30, of Sarasota, Florida was the Overall Champion at the 2017 Tampa Bay Marathon Swim on Earth Day Saturday, posting a time that ranks as the 6th fastest in the race’s 20-year history.  After opening an early lead, he was able to maintain the advantage all day and eventually made it to the finish line one hour before the rest of the field of competitors.  Eckert represents the Sarasota Sharks swim team, and is Manager of Business Development for United States Masters Swimming.

The Overall Female Champion was Heather Roka, 31, from Ft. Myers, Florida.  She overcame early adversity and cruised to the finish line and finishing in 11 hours, 16 minutes.   A brisk headwind challenged the competitors early in the race, as Roka’s coach, Alexis Price, navigated and cheered from her escort powerboat after being forced from the water due to kayak malfunctions.

Racers Elite take the water

PRESS RELEASE – From April 6th – 10th, the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre hosted the 18th Annual RHAC Invitational Swim Meet. All of the local clubs came out in full force to represent in this regional contest.

Racers Elite Swim Club participated with a total of 30 swimmers, many of which are seasoned swimmers and well known names.

With a total of 8 new swimmers, Racers placed 7th out of the 25 regional teams that participated. Earning a total of 331 points the team, who’s home to Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre, also earned 23 medals. Gaining 8 golds, 9 silver, and 6 bronze Racers Elite couldn’t be more proud.

The team had it stars, while recognizing the need for further technical development. In the 9-10 boys, Therron Herelle tied for 3rd in that age group with Jayson Sandy from Black Sands Swim Squad (St Vincent). Therron also set a new meet record in the 200M Back!

Brandon Eugene also was in the top 10 for the same age group. The 11-12 girls saw Jorja Mederick rank 8th out of 23 girls.

Likewise, the boys had Shaquil Flavius place 8th and Kenai D’Auvegne place 9th for the 11-12 age group. Omar Alexander with a whopping 69 points, was the champion for the 15 & Over males out of 23 contenders. Besides setting 2 meet records in the 50M Freestyle and 50 M Butterfly, Omar won the Sprint Challenge .

But this wasn’t it for Racers Elite Swim Club.

On Monday, April 10th, RHAC Invitational hosted it’s 1st Annual Open Water swim meet with the support of St Lucia Yacht Club at Reduit Beach. Racers didn’t go without representation. Jorja Mederick, Brandon Eugene, Kenai D’Auvegne and Felix Frederick all represented the club in the 1K Open Water event.

The small group represented well by completing the 1K in between 19 mins and 22 mins.

Satisfied with their times, Dr. Diane Worrell, Head Coach of Racers Elite, stated during the club’s medal and ribbon presentation those who participated in the Open Water should feel accomplished as they don’t train specifically for this type of swimming.

Going forward, Racers Elite look to continue growth and development in technical skills to increase their exposure in both local and regional meets.

The 14th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim, A Major Fundraiser For NPS, Set For May 28

Date: 
Sunday, 28 May, 2017 (All day)

ST. JOHN — Imagine the Caribbean sun, azure water, white sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs that await competitors as they swim through the pristine Virgin Islands National Park Service (NPS) waters. Described by Swimming World Magazine as “the most beautiful open water swim in the world”, the Beach-to-Beach Power Swim — set for May 28 on St. John, according to a release NPS issued Monday — was recently ranked in the top 20 on two reputable open water swimming websites.

Fernald to discuss open water endurance swimming

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.

Alejandra Broglia unió las dos grandes islas de Malvinas

La nadadora argentina de aguas frías Alejandra Broglia unió a nado las islas Jersey Point, en la Gran Malvina, y Fanning Head, en la isla Soledad.

Open water swim competition heading back to South Padre Island

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND —  It’s back.

Swimmers will once again have a chance to race each other in the Laguna Madre’s open water.

Organizers have announced they will be bringing their popular swimming festival back to the Island.

Last year, more than 100 swimmers participated in the Island’s Open Water Planet Festival hosted by NBC Olympic Commentator Rowdy Gaines and four-time Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg.

This year the organizers are billing the Open Water Festival on the Island as its finale of four swimming competitions called the Triton Series that will be held in Texas and Colorado.

Would You Swim In The Chicago River? Long-Distance Swim Proposed

CHICAGO — A long-distance swimming event in the Chicago River has been proposed by a veteran outdoor swimmer.

Don Macdonald, who has guided swims around Manhattan Island and also participated in several urban swimming events, would like to swim from Ping Tom Park in Chinatown to the Main Stem of the Chicago River Downtown sometime this year.

"In general we have proposed restarting the 1908 Illinois Athletic Club marathon river swim and began these discussions with the city and other regulating bodies," Macdonald wrote in an email.

European swimmers come to Coney Island for US Winter Swimming National Championships

Competitive swimmers who participate in swim meets throughout Europe and the U.S. made a pact to reunite for a polar plunge in Coney Island on Saturday.  Some swimmers traveled from as far away as Czechoslovakia and Turkey to participate in the swim meet. Coney Island was a dream destination for many of the swimmers, who always hoped to reunite and compete here.

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