Jaime Lomelin, Arturo Huante Complete The Los Cabos Open Water Aquarium
At the age of 58 years old, and despite being impacted by the pandemic lockdown, Jaime Lomelin of Monterrey, Mexico is swimming very well – and planning a Catalina Channel crossing in September 2021.
In preparation, he set the record in the 36 km Los Cabos Open Water Aquarium on May 15th, completing the swim in 8 hours 12 minutes.
Lomelin competed in the second edition of the Los Cabos Open Water Aquarium race from San José del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas on the west coast of Mexico. Organized by Diego Rivas, 40-year-old Arturo Huante from Mexico City joined Lomelin when they started at 12:00 am on Saturday night. Huante finished the course in 9 hours 7 minutes.
International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Nora Toledano reports, “Jaime’s support team included his wife Marieluise von Rheinbaben, observer Citlalli Guerra, escort kayaker Jaime Terrazas, and the boat captain, Aaron Abaroa.
Jaime Lomelin has been swimming open water for over 40 years. Throughout his career, he has never experienced what he did last weekend regarding jellyfish (agua mala in Spanish). Arturo and Jaime encountered more than five different blooms of the jellyfish which seemed endless. Jaime was stung all over the body for prolonged periods of time. At a certain stage of the swim, kayaker Terrazas mentioned, ‘Jaime was carrying several jellyfish hanging on his body and Jaime’s body was glowing in the darkness of the night because of.’ Each open water experience presents a different challenge, and in this race, the large number of jellyfish banks was the biggest challenge.”
History of the Los Cabos Open Water Aquarium:
- 19 October 2019 – Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico) 10 hours 14 minutes 42 seconds
- 9 November 2019 – Izebel Sierra Arenas (Mexico) 10 hours 19 minutes 20 seconds
- 19 March 2020 – Ned Denison (Ireland) 10 hours 10 minutes 22 seconds
- 22 November 2020 – Jaime Lomelin Gavaldón (Mexico) 10 hours 36 minutes 13 seconds
- 22 November 2020 – Pamela Gamboa Becerra (Mexico) 11 hours 33 minutes 6 seconds
- 22 November 2020 – Mariana Salamanca Bautista (Mexico) DNF due to right shoulder injury
- 22 November 2020 – Sofia Cardenas Arroyo (Mexico) DNF due to currents
- 6 March 2021 – Cynthia Aguilar (Mexico) 9 hours 55 minutes 40 seconds
- 15 March 2021 – Mark Smitherman (USA) 10 hours 10 minutes 1 second
- 8 May 2021 – Blanca Sarricino, Bernando Yturria, Rodolfo Pozas (Mexico, 3 person relay) 9 hours 36 minutes 12 seconds
- 15 May 2021 – Jaime Lomelin Gavaldón (Mexico) 8 hours 12 minutes 6 seconds
- 15 May 2021 – Arturo Huante (Mexico) 9 hours 4 minutes 29 seconds
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