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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.”

Drogheda’s Boyne Swim Is Back

The Boyne Swim will once again headline the Irish Maritime Festival taking place in Drogheda Port this summer.

200+ competitors will take to the river Boyne to swim the 2.7km tidal route.

Ray Donagh of Drogheda Triathlon Club is one of the Boyne Swim organisers. He explains: "The Boyne Swim takes place at 12.50pm on Saturday 10th June. The first swimmers will pass by the Tall Ships of the Irish Maritime Festival about 25 minutes later with the first swimmer crossing the finish line by 1.25pm."

Two summer swim events launched this week

Donegal is the place to test yourself—to push your limits, or to try something new. Gartan Open Water Swimmers have added a new string to Donegal’s bow in recent years—alongside events like WAAR, the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra, or The Race. Two years ago they launched the inaugural Gartan Swim Challenge, and last year they added the Sheephaven Bay Swim.

“Donegal has everything for those who want to push themselves—hills, mountains, loughs and sea.” Mark Loughridge said at the launch of this year’s swims on Friday evening. “We’ve got everything here, and these swim events provide people with a chance to try something different, to push themselves to new limits, and to discover Donegal.”

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.

Out in the open: Daring swimmers tackle west coast waters

From icy lochs to cool dark seas brave swimmers are fighting childhood cancer.

In the freezing, fast-flowing waters of the Sound of Mull dozens of intrepid swimmers begin the challenging route towards the mainland.

A tough journey almost 3km in length, people of all ages and abilities take to the water, some wrapped up against the elements in wetsuits and others braving the cold in swimsuits and shorts, all marked with fluorescent orange floats.

Tackling the strong waves, they are rewarded with a view of stunning snow capped mountains against vivid blue skies, and the chance to see nature at play, from common porpoises and bottlenose dolphins to curious grey seals.

Great East Swim team making a splash for charity at Alton Water say sport ‘transformed their lives’

A team of Suffolk fundraisers taking the plunge for charity at this year’s Great East Swim have revealed how swimming changed their lives.

With just over a month to go until the county’s largest open water swimming event, four participants shared their stories about how the sport has transformed them – both mentally and physically.

Andrew Wright, from Ipswich, has taken on the Great East Swim four times after he underwent life changing heart surgery that left him feeling like a new man.

Equip children with open-water swimming skills: DPM Tharman

SINGAPORE — Following the death of a 12-year-old boy who drowned in the waters near East Coast Park, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said that there is a need to do more to equip children with open-water swimming skills. He was at the boy’s wake on Tuesday (May 9).

In 2010, a national water safety programme called SwimSafer was introduced with the goal of arming Singaporeans, especially children, with water safety knowledge and water survival skills, as a safeguard against drowning.

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