David Alleva Talks About The Pro Circuit On WOWSA Live

David Alleva Talks About The Pro Circuit On WOWSA Live

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International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison interviewed fellow Hall of Famer David Alleva, PhD on today’s edition of WOWSA Live.

The Executive Director of Immunotherapeutics at Akston Biosciences Corporation near Boston has published over 30 peer-review papers and is on the cutting edge of the COVID-19 vaccine development.

In his WOWSA Live interview, the researcher and biopharma specialist talked about a wide variety of topics:

* starting swimming early with his siblings and parents at Hoger Deets at Starlit Aquatics in Fairfax, Virginia
* being tired all the time in his youth with morning and afternoon workouts
* meeting James Kegley at Indiana University under Doc Counsilman and being introduced to marathon swimming
* competing in lac Memphrémagog for the first time at the Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog
* leading the race, but hitting the wall after 6 hours in his first professional marathon swim racing against Diego Degano and Robert Schmidt
* winning the 1989 Atlantic City Around the Island Swim pro race
* dealing with the lactate buildup after his long swims and learning a life lesson along the world
* learning how to swim marathons by spinning (stroking a higher stroke-per-minute pace over 80), while kicking a lot less
* winning the 1990 Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli
* swimming into the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) after arriving in Capri
* carrying off US$12,000 worth of lira and a number of trophies in the middle of Napoli after his victory in Italy
* competing against Diego Degano and Shelley Taylor-Smith while studying for his doctorate in immunology, packing in a lot of study with not too much training
* respecting Taylor-Smith for her professionalism, competitiveness and talents
* winning the Boston Light Swim two times in 1995 and 1996
* retiring in his mid-30s after his daughter was born and after doing 30 marathon swims
* finishing second in the 1993 Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean after people told him that he felt dead
* trying to prevent diabetes in his job as a leading immunologist while trying to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and antibody test at Akston Biosciences

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