Dina Levačič has swum around the world in professional marathon swims and channel swims, but the 23-year-old Croatian student from Split attempted to complete the second 54 km swim from the island of Vis to Split in history on July 25th.
It was her second attempt of the distance swim. Last year, she was pulled only 3 km from Split. This year, after starting at 3 am, she stopped after 35 km and 11 hours 15 minutes due to serious breathing problems . “After 35 km, because of big problems breathing, Dina has had to stop. Thanks everybody for the support,” her team reported to Croatia Week.
Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor - Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame's Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame's Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming's Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University's John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.