Special Olympics Swimmer! Swim Fort Lauderdale competitors hit the beach for inaugural race

Ocean swimming is one of the fastest-growing extreme fitness sports in South Florida. That popularity was on display along Fort Lauderdale's beach during the inaugural Swim Fort Lauderdale race.

About 200 swimmers of all ages and abilities tested their skills in the 1-mile challenge, which started at Fort Lauderdale's South Beach and finished on the shore at Sebastian Street.

First Person to Swim from Cuba to USA Selected to the Hall of Fame

Press release:

FORT LAUDERDALE – The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) today announced that Long Distance swimmer Walter Poenisch, of Grove City, Ohio will be one of seventeen (17) honorees to enter the International Swimming Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017. Walter’s is the third name to be announced for ceremonies to be held August 25-27, in Fort Lauderdale. Previously, the names of Wu Chuanyu and Zhang Xiunel were announced.

Open Water Planet Debuts Triton Series: 2017 Race Schedule

Open Water Planet came out of retirement swinging in 2016 with the release of the South Padre Island Open Water Festival hosted by NBC Olympic Commentator Rowdy Gaines and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lenny Krayzelburg.  This event delivered everything promised with a full weekend of events that offered both open water swimming competition and opportunities to enjoy the variety of activities the Island of South Padre has to offer.  Following the 2016 event, however, OWP has remained fairly quiet in regards to their 2017 schedule.  Today they burst back onto the scene with the announcement of four 2017 events, all part of their latest concept The Triton Series.

Argentina to Host First 10k Open Water World Cup of the Season Feb 4th

This Saturday 18 men and 20 women will embark on the first leg of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim World Cup (MSWC) in Patagones-Viedma, Argentina.

Similar to the short course meters (25m) FINA World Cup that runs from the end of the summer through late fall and spans 9 cities, the 10km Open Water World Cup spans 7 cities and 4 continents and will run until October and its conclusion in Hong Kong.  Like the FINA World Cup (25m), prize money is awarded to the top finishers in each race, with prizes awarded for the first 8 finishers in both men’s and women’s fields.  

Press release - Erica From America: Swimming from Europe to Africa

Erica from America: Swimming from Europe to Africa, tells the story of Erica, who, as a child grew up wanting to do everything, and later decided to swim the Strait of Gibraltar. Her friends thought she was crazy but Erica was determined (even if a little nervous) and decided she was going to swim from Europe to Africa no matter what. But when she got to Spain, her plans are interrupted by the winds and another group of swimmers, who befriend her and ask her to swim with them. Ultimately, she and the other swimmers were all set to swim and they reached their goal to swim from Europe to Africa but not without a lot of activity during the swim!

Virginia Beach man to swim the English Channel in 2018

Competitive swimmer and Chic’s Beach local Anders Jakobsson said he thinks everyone should know how to swim.

This sentiment makes sense, coming from someone who swam about 17 miles for almost 12 hours across the Chesapeake bay from the Eastern Shore to Chesapeake Beach in 2014.

“It’s never too late to learn how to swim,” Jakobsson said.

Open Water Training with Grant Holicky

Grant Holicky, head coach of Rallysport Aquatics (RACE) in Boulder, Colorado, has been working with elite open water swimmers for several years now. Two of his most notable athletes are Joey Pedraza, who finished third in the 5k at the 2014 Nationals, and Christine Jennings, who has been to both World Championships and the Pan Pacific Championships for open water.

Open water swimming… in Alaska? Absolutely!

So the latest addition to the Global Swim Series is the “Change Your Latitude” swim in Sitka, Alaska.  And at 57 degrees north latitude it is literally (and figuratively!) off the beaten path.

Change Your Latitude is a combined 10k/6k/3k/1k open water swim located in beautiful Sitka Sound, Alaska. And I’m sure one of your first questions is: “isn’t it really cold?!”

Former U.S. National Team Member Dr. Tobie Smith Named to USADA Board of Directors

Dr. Tobie Smith, a former U.S. National Team member and top open water swimmer, has been appointed to serve on the USADA Board of Directors, Swimming World has learned. She fills the spot of Don Gambril, a former coach of the University of Alabama and of the U.S. Olympic team.

Parents of Fran Crippen Keep Alive His Memory at CeraVe Invitational

Pat and Pete Crippen waited on the pool deck inside the Sonny A. Werblin Recreation Center at Rutgers University. They joked and chatted with the safety marshals as the last session of the CeraVe Invitational got underway. And then, as the finalists emerged from the water after the 1500-meter free, the Crippens passed out small gifts to the swimmers.

They were at the meet on behalf of their late son and the foundation they established in his honor. But more than six years after he died, it’s possible that before Sunday night, many of the young swimmers in the heat had never heard of Fran Crippen.