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December 31, 2008

Sharing the loss of a great swimmer

U.S. Masters Swimming and all of its members, board of directors and staff wish to express our heartfelt sadness and sense of loss over the death of USA Swimming National Team member Fran Crippen during the FINA Open Water 10K World Cup event in the United Arab Emirates. Our condolences go to his family and teammates.

Old or young, fast or slow, swimmers are united by love of the sport and respect for those who put on goggles and show up at the pool or lake or ocean or river-- for fun or competition. Swimmers of Crippen’s ability and character are few and far between and we all will feel his loss for a long time to come.

U.S. Masters Swimming remains committed to working with LMSCs and event organizers to run the safest events possible.

To read what his friends and teammates are saying, check out SwimNetwork’s “20 Memories Tuesday” in honor of Crippen.

The Crippen family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to:

The Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation
301 E. 8th Avenue
Conshohocken, PA 19428

Visit to read a personal message from the Crippen family.