Marian Clark Talks About Professional Racing On WOWSA Live

Marian Clark Talks About Professional Racing On WOWSA Live

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In her brief professional marathon swimming career, Marian (née Cassidy) Clark from Wilmington Aquatics in Delaware who finished 2nd overall in the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation to Shelley Taylor-Smith. She also set a record in the 1992 Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli and competed in twice in the Traversée internationale du lac Memphrémagog. Later, she served as a USA Swimming national open water swimming coach and coached at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame discussed her professional swimming and coaching career with Ned Denison on today’s edition of WOWSA Live.

* her early age group competitive training and college training in a quarry in Delaware
* her coaches included her older brother Stephen ‘Sid’ Cassidy who is also an inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
* her college swimming career at the University of Pittsburgh
* as a 12-year-old, she escorted her brother around Atlantic City in the Around the Island Atlantic City race – and was hooked on swimming around Absecon Island
* competing in a foggy Around the Island Atlantic City race in 1988 that was called due to the fog and cold (11-16°C throughout the race) in a race where her brother also competed
* coaching with her brother at Florida State University
* coaching with Penny Dean and Casey Converse and her brother at the national and international levels
* needing to dolphin around the Atlantic City jetties through the oncoming tides in the inlets, together with David Alleva
* competing with and the generous help that she received frequently from Shelley Taylor-Smith
* competing against Karen Burton Reeder
* training for the 1992 Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in a series of coastal races and then racing against Rita Kovács of Hungary
* swimming in flat lakes versus “driving and riding” with the winds and sea swells in the open ocean

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