10 Top Men on a Hot Streak in Open Water Swimming – November 2022

10 Top Men on a Hot Streak in Open Water Swimming – November 2022

(Note: Every month WOWSA will feature 10 swimmers who inspire the open water swimming community)

The following open water swimmers accomplishments are noteworthy by virtue of being influential, inspirational and important in the sport. They include men who are:

  • Fast and Victorious: Competitive elite swimmers who win major races
  • Bold and Adventurous: Pioneering swimmers who attempt or complete unprecedented swims
  • Long and Lengthy: Endurers who swim non-stop over extreme distances
  • Historic and Extraordinary: Record-setters who break records in the open water
  • Cold and Hardened: Ice swimmers who reframe what is possible in the cold
  • Voluntary Support: Coaches, pilots, escort crew members, administrators who make things happen

The Ten

(in random order)

  1. Mykhailo Romanchuk (Racer, Ukraine)
  2. Domenico Acerenza (Champion, Italy)
  3. Nicolas Knap (Pioneer, Canada)
  4. Lewis Pugh (Pioneer, South Africa)
  5. Jonty Warneken (Extreme Swimmer, UK)
  6. Ross Edgley (Extreme Swimmer, UK)
  7. Kshitindra Chandra Baisya (Extreme Swimmer, Bangladesh)
  8. Gustav Kvikant (Pioneer, Sweden)
  9. Nathan Szobota (Champion, USA)
  10. Paul Georgescu (Extreme Swimmer, Romania: shown above)
  • 26-year-old Mykhailo Romanchuk won bronze in the 5 km, 6th in the 10 km, 5th in the 1500m freestyle, bronze in the 800m freestyle, and 24th in the 400m freestyle at the 2022 FINA World Championships in Hungary, silver in the 10 km LEN Open Water Cup in Germany, 7th in the 10 km FINA Marathon Swim World Series in Paris, France.
  • 27-year-old Domenico Acerenza finished 4th in the 5 km, silver in the 10 km, and bronze in the 4x1500m relay at the 2022 FINA World Championships in Hungary, gold in the 10 km FINA Marathon Swim World Series in Canada, silver in the 4x1500m relay and 10 km at the FINA Marathon Swim World Series in Portugal, silver and 4th in the 10 km at the LEN Open Water Cup in Italy, and silver in the 10 km at the LEN Open Water Cup in Israel.
  • 49-year-old Nicolas Knap won the 12.8 Boston Light Swim and completed a 16 km down the St. Lawrence River from Cap-Rouge to Port de Québec in Canada.
  • 52-year-old Lewis Pugh completed  The Red Sea Swim, an unprecedented 160 km 15-day stage swim across the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia to Hurghada in Egypt to call attention to and effect change in the global marine environment.
  • 46-year-old Jonty Warneken is a member of Team Bits Missing, a 5-person disabled relay that crossed the 35 km North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland on 21-22 June 2022 with David BurkeAndrew SmithMary Clewlow, and Kate Sunley in 15 hours 8 minutes, serving as an IISA Official Observer and on the board of directors of the International Ice Swimming Association, serves on the selection panel of the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame, and created the concept of the Para Five.
  • 36-year-old Ross Edgley attempted to swim 162 km continuously back and forth across Loch Ness in Scotland, but stopped after 52 hours 39 minutes, swimming in a wetsuit in water that dropped as low as 5°C with rain and winds up to 20 knots to raise awareness for sea kelp conservation in Scotland. 
  • 71-year-old Kshitindra Chandra Baisya attempted a 281 km marathon swim from Kean Bridge Sylhet to Bhairab Bazar Ferry ghat Kishoregong in Bangladesh, but was pulled after swimming 83 km in 33 hours due to a storm.
  • 24-year-old Gustav Kvikant completed the 441 km The Baltic Swim, a 395 km non-contiguous assisted stage swim from Saltsjön, Stockholm Sweden to Kaartinkaupunki, Helsinki, Finland over 38 days.
  • 15-year-old Nathan Szobota won the 5 km and 4x1500m relay at the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in the Seychelles and finished 2nd in the 5 km USA Swimming National Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Florida.
  • 44-year-old Paul Georgescu completed his fourth Oceans Seven channel, the North Channel in 11 hours 7 minutes, won the 7.5 km Battle of Carlingford Lough Swim in Ireland, and serves as an ice swimming and channel swimming coach, mentor, and IISA Official Observer.

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