609 in 2015 and later

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


The East German Doping Machine

From the late 1960’s through the 1980’s, athletes from the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) swam their way to glory, winning Olympic gold medals, setting world records and - so it seemed at the time to some -demonstrating the superiority of communism over its capitalist competitors.  The achievements of the East German aquatic stars were duly acknowledged by the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) between the years of 1981 through 1993, when fifteen East Germans were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Aspire celebrates seven years of open water swimming

On Saturday 14th November, Aspire held its annual Swimming Celebration Dinner at the Hilton in Watford to thank and celebrate the amazing fundraisers who have swum for the charity over the years.

Aspire has been offering open water swimming events since 2009, which have to date raised a staggering cumulative total of £748,540.  Events have been held in Snowdonia, The Lakes, Malta and Turkey, as well as Dusk ‘til Dawn and Night Swims. Over 100 people have swum the Solent, 12 people have swum a Loch Ness relay and 28 relay teams have successfully swum the English Channel.  This year, Phil Yorke became only the 12th person to have completed a solo crossing of the Channel swimming breaststroke.

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Abilio Couto

(from my mailbox)

Dear swimming friends,

I have a great announcement.

I am very happy to tell you that the official website of the former swimmer Abilio Couto came back with new features. Ending a 4-year period out of the web.

Couto is the father of Marathon Swimming in Brazil, former recordholder of English Channel, first swimmer of the world to had the best time of the year (both E-F and F-E ) in English Channel and a International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree.

1# Copa de España de Aguas Abiertas

2015 is the year that the RFEN  (the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation) starts a nationwide competition.
They have chosen 15 Travesías for the 1# Copa de España de Aguas Abiertas

In Fort Lauderdale, a hall of fame to dive deep into

The International Swimming Hall of Fame fills a wave-shaped building with a collection so vast, it overflows into the pool shop’s attic. I expect photos, medals and back stories related to superstars whose strokes I’m still trying to emulate, from Fort Lauderdale-based swimming/diving legend Katherine Rawls to nine-time Olympic champion Mark Spitz. It’s the surprises that anchor me here for hours.

Channel swimming legend Bill Pickering dies at 93

He was once the fastest person on the planet to cross the English Channel unaided and taught comedian Ken Dodd how to swim.

Tributes have now been paid to Black Country legend Bill Pickering who has died aged 93.

He worked at the former Bloxwich Baths for 35 years and his legacy saw a cup named in his honour.

Originally from Derbyshire he came to Bloxwich in the early 1950s as baths manager.It was then in August 1955 that he created a World Record for the 21-mile England to France crossing of 14 hours and six minutes.

He had beaten the record of Florence Chadwick, the American who became the first woman to cross the Channel in both directions. She won it back barely six weeks later, beating Mr Pickering's record by 11 minutes.

Speakers and Presentations at 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

The Speakers and Presentations at 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference are announced

Colleen Blair (Scotland):   The History of Scottish Swimming

Christopher Guesdon (Australia):  Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

Swimming the Oceans Seven:  A roundtable discussion moderated by Kevin Murphy (UK) with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Corin Nordin (Sweden), Darren Miller (USA), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Adam Walker (UK) 

Athlete Swims From Farallon Islands To Muir Beach; Only 3rd Ever To Complete Trek

MUIR BEACH (CBS SF) – Muir Beach resident Jon Rauh probably thought he’d seen some impressive feats after returning from the San Francisco Giants home opening win over Arizona, but he says he soon became one of a handful of spectators to one of the rarest accomplishments in Bay Area athletics, one some say hasn’t been done since 1967.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, Rauh said he was alerted by a friend and member of the San Francisco Dolphin swimming club that an accomplished open-water swimmer who had been attempting to complete the 20-plus mile swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate has been moved off course, and was now headed toward the community of Muir Beach in Marin County.

Swimmer Craig Lenning of Denver, Co. was being tracked by GPS technology as he made the swim, according to the swim club. Rauh was alerted just before 10 p.m. that the swim was nearly complete. He walked out on the beach just in time.

2014 Special Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction in Scotland

During a twenty six period between 1970 and 1995, no open water swimmers were considered for inclusion in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Since that date, the selection processes failed reduce the number of well qualified Open Water Swimmer from being so honored from the nomination lists.  To compensate those deserving athletes, the International Swimming Hall of Fame has authorized a special selection for the "truly great" Open Water Swimmers completing during this era.