Situational Awareness, Open Water Par Excellence

Situational Awareness, Open Water Par Excellence

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

It is always a joy to see the very best in any sport perform.

When it comes to competitive open water swimming, Yale University’s Eva Fabian is most definitely among the very best.

Watching this very talented and intelligent young women compete is humbling and educational. Her navigational IQ and situational awareness are at the highest levels of the sport. Every move she makes in a race is based on myriad information that Fabian gathers, considers and analyzes. You can almost sense her thought-process.

In the photo above at the 2014 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Castaic Lake, Fabian not only tucks in a great drafting position behind leader Megan Rankin of University of Florida in the 10 km marathon swim, but she is always looking behind and around her, making sure she knows her positioning relative to other competitors.

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