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.
* 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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