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Woman Swept to Sea Rescued 37 Hours Later, 50 Miles Away

Chinese national was swimming on Japanese beach Monday when she got pulled out

(Newser) - A Chinese woman who was swept out to sea while swimming at a Japanese beach was rescued 37 hours later after drifting in a swimming ring more than 50 miles in the Pacific Ocean, officials said Thursday. Japan's coast guard launched a search for the woman, identified only as...

Get Paid $100K to Throw Pool Parties All Summer

Swimply is looking for a CPO: chief pools officer

(Newser) - Wishing your summer could be one giant pool party? Imagine we told you it could—and that you'd get paid handsomely for it. For one lucky person, that prospect will become reality when they're hired for the CPO (chief pools officer) position now being advertised by private pool...

Former US Swimmer's Cause of Death in Virgin Islands Revealed

Jamie Cail died of accidental fentanyl poisoning, announce Virgin Islands police

(Newser) - A former US swimming star found dead in the US Virgin Islands in February died of accidental fentanyl poisoning, according to police. Jamie Cail, 42, died of "fentanyl intoxication with aspiration of gastric content," police said in a Saturday release, per NBC News . An autopsy was performed on...

'Ice Mermaid' Marks World First With Antarctic Swim

Barbara Hernandez swam nearly 1.6 miles in 35-degree water—longest swim yet in Southern Ocean

(Newser) - The longest swim in the frigid Antarctic Ocean, aka the Southern Ocean, has been achieved, by a world-champion extreme swimmer from Chile known as the "Ice Mermaid." On Monday, Barbara Hernandez, 37, covered 2.5 kilometers (just under 1.6 miles) in Chile Bay, off of the Antarctic...

Swimmer: I Was Drugged After World Championships
Swimmer: I Was Drugged
After World Championships
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Swimmer: I Was Drugged After World Championships

Canada's Mary-Sophie Harvey writes of an hours-long window she can't recall

(Newser) - Mary-Sophie Harvey’s second-to-last Instagram post shows her wearing a big smile in the pool at the World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where she took home a bronze medal in the women’s 4x200-metre freestyle relay in June. Her last post describes the horror that happened afterward. "On...

School's Swim Team Finds Surprise Competitor in Pool

3-foot-long alligator was discovered swimming at Montverde Academy in central Florida

(Newser) - Members of a Florida prep school's swim team encountered a surprise interloper when they showed up for practice on Friday. ClickOrlando.com reports the swimmers found a 3-foot-long alligator in the eight-lane, 25-meter competition pool at Montverde Academy , located in central Florida, halting the team's practice. Per a...

She Broke a Bunch of Swim Records, Now Faces Transphobia

Controversy swirls over U of Penn's Lia Thomas, who moved to women's team after transitioning

(Newser) - The debate on trans athletes participating in college sports has just been kicked up a notch after a University of Pennsylvania swimmer broke three school records and two national ones over the past month. LGBTQ advocates say the ensuing controversy has veered into transphobic waters. NBC News reports on the...

Things Will Be More Chaotic Than Usual in Pool on Saturday

In an Olympic first, men and women will team up for the 4x100-meter mixed medley relay

(Newser) - Swimming is nothing if not orderly, but get ready for a little chaos. Here comes the 4x100-meter mixed medley relay, making its Olympic debut in Tokyo on Saturday: two men and two women per country doing backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle, per the AP . The teams get to decide who...

Olympic Ban on Caps for Black Swimmers Leads to Backlash
Olympic Ban on
Caps for Black
Swimmers Leads
to Backlash
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Olympic Ban on Caps for Black Swimmers Leads to Backlash

Governing body for water sports has prohibited Soul Cap for hair that's 'volume blessed'

(Newser) - Alice Dearing will be the first female Black swimmer to represent Great Britain at the Olympics in Tokyo, and she'd likely planned to wear her swim cap from Soul Cap, a brand she partnered with last year , during competition. Per the BBC , the Soul Cap brand is a larger...

Swimmer Opts Out of Olympic Trials, Slams 'Perverts'

Australian swimmer says no more 'exploit[ing] young women and girls'

(Newser) - "Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers," said Australian swimmer Madeline "Maddie" Groves on Wednesday in her announcement that she would not be competing in her country's Olympic trials, which start Saturday. "You can no longer exploit...

After Boy Swept Out to Sea, Family Offers $50K Reward

Arunay Pruthi, 12, was victim of 'sneaker' wave on Monday in California

(Newser) - The Coast Guard has given up the search for a 12-year-old boy who was swept out to sea earlier this week, but his family is now offering a $50,000 reward for anyone who can find Arunay Pruthi, reports People . The Fremont boy was at Cowell Ranch State Beach on...

Happy Ending After Days of Searching for Missing Swimmer

MMA fighter went into the ocean Friday, reappeared Monday

(Newser) - An incredible ending to the story of a Florida swimmer who went missing Friday: Alex Rojas was on Monday discovered to be alive. Rojas, who had last been seen entering the Atlantic Ocean carrying a flotation device in Boynton Beach, contacted his family from a West Palm Beach hospital Monday,...

Teen Swims Length of 6 Football Fields to Save Dad, Sis

'I felt like it was the right thing to do,' Kiana French of Maine says after boat-flipping incident

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Maine girl is being hailed as a hero for pulling off a major swim to save her dad and sister after their boat flipped in frigid waters. The Morning Sentinel reports Kiana French was fishing Sunday on Parlin Pond in Somerset with her father, Gary, and her 14-year-old...

China's Greatest Swimmer Hit With 8-Year Ban

Sun Yang broke anti-doping rules in destroying blood samples

(Newser) - The career of China's greatest swimmer may be kaput after he was hit Friday with an eight-year ban for destroying blood samples. Three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang, 28, was found guilty of breaking anti-doping rules when sample collectors paid a visit to his home following the 2018 Asian Games,...

US Woman Does Something No Swimmer Has Done

Sarah Thomas becomes first to swim the English Channel 4 times in one outing

(Newser) - Swimming the English Channel is an impressive feat. Swimming it four times in a row is unprecedented. Or at least it was, until Colorado swimmer Sarah Thomas went for a dip this weekend. The 37-year-old emerged from the water Tuesday to become the first person to swim the channel four...

A Better Ending for Teen Disqualified Over 'Suit Wedgie'

Alaska School Activities Association found ref didn't abide by the rules

(Newser) - A top-ranked Alaska high school swimmer won the 100-meter freestyle at Friday night's meet, only to be disqualified over a "suit wedgie"— to much uproar . Now, a reversal. The Anchorage Daily News reports that following a review of what happened to 17-year-old Breckynn Willis, the Alaska School...

A Newlywed Was Drowning. Then Came the Olympian
A Newlywed Was Drowning.
Then Came the Olympian
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A Newlywed Was Drowning. Then Came the Olympian

Italy's Filippo Magnini credited with saving man in Sardinia

(Newser) - "When I became conscious my first thought was about my husband." A few hours later, newlywed Andrea Benedetto "realized that Filippo Magnini was the man who saved my life." Magnini, an Olympic swimmer for Italy and former world champion in the 100m freestyle, was at Sardinia'...

He Was Watching a Shark. Then a Swimmer Showed Up

Florida vacationer captures frightening video in Panama City Beach

(Newser) - A vacationer at a Florida resort watched for hours from his 28th floor balcony as what he thought might be a shark drifted through the murky waters of the beach below. It's when a swimmer at the Panama City Beach entered the picture that Stan Battles started recording—and...

Olympic Gold Medalist Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Swimmer Nathan Adrian hopes to 'break the stigma of discussing men's health issues'

(Newser) - Five-time US Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian is aiming for a sixth finish atop the podium in Tokyo in 2020—cancer or no cancer. "Life … can come at you hard," the 30-year-old swimmer wrote in an Instagram post in which he revealed a testicular cancer diagnosis. "...

Swimmer Ends 'Very Disturbing' Journey

Benoit Lecomte has a message for the world

(Newser) - A swimmer's record-breaking effort may be on hold, but his warning endures: There's way too much plastic out there. Benoît "Ben" Lecomte set foot on Oahu, Hawaii on Monday, conclusively ending his dream of being the first swimmer to cross the Pacific Ocean, per CNN . A...

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