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SAC swimmers conquer 11 miles of open water swimming!

On June 22nd, 2012 at 7:00am, 36 swimmers jumped into Portland’s 70 degree Willamette River to conquer 11 miles of open water swimming. Two of those swimmers consisted of member Oscar Mraz and swim instructor Lindsey Highstrom-Millard.

Oscar first came up with the idea to do the endurance event after being compelled by Seattle Athletic Club (SAC) swim staff the previous year to do some open water swims. After a 1 mile race and a 3.1 mile event Oscar decided to over triple the distance. He signed up early to ensure that there was “no turning back”, quickly urging Lindsey to do the same.

Lindsey and Oscar spent the next the next 6-8 weeks getting serious about being in the water. They swam on average 6 days a week, and most of those consisted of double-days in the water (with a min of 2-3 days in the open water). They met often at 5:15am to get in mileage before heading off to their full-time jobs and spent many hours in the swim conditioning classes at SAC. Biggest mileage training weeks were in the range of 22-24 miles of pure swimming bliss with the longest training session being 6.5 miles.

Going into the race both Oscar and Lindsey had separate game plans. Lindsey coming from a collegiate swimming background at Arizona State decided a positive attitude and “pain” would be the guide to swimming her furthest distance to date. While Oscar decided to start out very conservatively, build from there, and use his kayakers as his guide to limit sighting to conserve energy.

Each fueled throughout the event with nearly 1500 calories of gels and electrolyte drinks, provided to them by their kayakers on poles, as the swimmers were not allowed to hold onto anything during the swim.

The biggest highlight, outside of this amazing feat, was the two emerged from the water at exactly the same time of 4 hours and 20 minutes, both winning their respective wetsuit categories for men and women. The two emerged together at mile 7.5 and swam the remaining 3.5 miles together. This just goes to show that the athletes that train together, place together!

And after all this, they can’t wait to do it again!

US Masters Swim: Postal Swim Recap

Seattle Athletic Club hosted its first annal USMS Postal Swim. Due to the popular demand we ran two heats. One on Friday, January 21st and the other on Saturday, January 22nd.

Postal Swim by definition:
Swim for 1 hour straight, drafting, flotation and propulsive devices (pull buoys, fins, paddles, wet suits, etc.) are not permitted. Only two swimmers may share a lane, and they shall each swim on one side of the lane during the entire race (i.e. no circle swimming). An adult “verifier,” acting as a
starter/head timer/counter/referee, must be present at all times during the swim. Each swimmer must have a verifier to time the event with a stopwatch, count laps, and record cumulative (running) 50 splits. Split times must be recorded to the nearest second and tenth (or hundredth)
of a second.

THEN SAC mails in your results (ie: postal) and swimmers are ranked nation-wide amongst all the other United States Masters Swimmers (USMS).

SAC USMS results:

  • Kim Pancoast: 4,050 yards
  • Karissa Lackey: 3,825 yards
  • Mark Webb: 3,685 yards
  • Brent Hardy: 3,650 yards
  • Natalie Komar: 3,620 yards
  • Erin McCormack: 3,420 yards
  • Manuel Medina: 3,330 yards
  • Darin Smith: 3,330 yards
  • Elizabeth Martin: 3,275 yards
  • Vicki Boiven: 3,225 yards
  • Jeff Wagner: 3,040 yards
  • Barb Fox: 2,950 yards
  • Sarah Holberg: 2,950 yards
  • Tom Camp: 2,900 yards
  • Lisa Ohge: 2,870 yards
  • Teresa Engrav: 2,675 yards
  • Ann Sloan: 2,650 yards
  • Sheri Hancey: 2,663 yards
  • Kirsten Nesholm: 2,450 yards

Congratulations to all our first time postal swimmers! Looking forward to 2012!

If you are interested in joining the SAC Masters team for swim meets, open water swims, or just plain fun with your friends please contact Aquatic Director/Multisport coach Teresa Nelson.