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Olympic Gold Medalist Learns to Love Open Water Swimming

As I walk to the dock where Portland’s “River Huggers,” the Willamette River swimmers, gather daily to swim across the river under the Hawthorne Bridge, second thoughts crowd against third and fourth. The chilly air on this early We...

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‘You Can’t Beat … Open Water Swimming’: USMS Members Enjoy Three National Championships in One Week

Stephanie Lemmons and Megan Tosh were among the 15 or so swimmers to compete in the three open water national championships in the Pacific Northwest in July.

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Vermann, Miller Claim National Titles in Illinois

The U.S. Masters Swimming Sprint-Distance Open Water National Championship drew 73 swimmers from 18 states and 23 clubs.

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  • Technique and Training

Finding Your Best Open Water Race in the Pool

Some careful and calculated pool sets will help you swim within yourself, race so you enjoy it, and make you as fast as you can be.

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  • Events

Trips to National Championships Pay Off for Lussier, Heim-Bowen

Hardy Lussier’s dedication helped him come in second place on the men’s side with a time of 1:05:51 on Sunday in the U.S. Masters Swimming Long Distance Open Water National Championship. The 5-kilometer race was in Elk Lake in Oregon abou...

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  • Health and Nutrition

How to Fuel Your Open Water Swim

An open water swim can be daunting but also exhilarating, fulfilling, and fun. To be a successful open water swimmer you must have a nutrition plan. Your nutrition plan should include fuel and hydration supplementation for both your trainin...

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  • Events

Like Father, Like Daughter: Erwins Win National Titles in Cable Championship

Abbey Erwin edged out her father, Jeff Erwin, to win the 2-Mile Cable Open Water title in Oregon

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  • Events

Frimerman-Bergquist Finds Way to Open Water Title in Chattanooga

Gulliver Swim Club’s Ricardo Valdivia was the fastest male in the ultramarathon distance, which was 9.2 miles, with a time of 2:05:30, slightly more than 2 minutes faster than Frimerman-Bergquist’s mark of 2:07:45. Southwest Indiana Maste...

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  • Human Interest

Bad Jokes, Camaraderie Help Relay Team Raise More Than $8,600 for Swimming Saves Lives Foundation

Ashley Braniecki, C.C. Skoch, Kristen Bergmann, Jay DeFinis, Chuck Beatty, and Kevin Kelley completed a 36-mile relay to raise money for the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation last year.

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  • Triathlon

Time to Try a Tri

Triathlon is a fast-growing sport with a lot of appeal. Part of what makes it so compelling is the combination of three different disciplines into a single event. And it’s a great sport for swimmers to pick up—athletes coming from a swimm...