Winning International Winter Swimming Association Season

Winning International Winter Swimming Association Season

Courtesy of Aleksandr Jakovlevs, International Winter Swimming Association, Jelgava, Latvia.

Latvian Aleksandr Jakovlevs summed up the 2018 – 2019 International Winter Swimming Association season, “All the winter swimmers made this season unforgettable. 580 swimmers shared the experience of competing in 12 events including 4 stages of the IWSA World Cup over the season.

The first event of next season will be held in Jelgava, Latvia with the 11th Jelgavas Roni Cup opening the season and starting a new cycle of the IWSA World Cup.

Next year, our biggest global event will be the Winter Swimming World Championships 2020 in beautiful Bled, Slovenia. Registration is open and the early bird phase is still active until April 30th for reduced prices.

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The following athletes were announced as the 2019 World Cup age group champions:

Female Age Group Champions
80+ years Category: Anna Semenova (Russia) 33 points
75-79 years Category: Nina Yermilova (Russia) 180 points
70-74 years Category: Malle Elvet (Estonia) 240 points
65-69 years Category: Elke Ortloff (Germany) 153 points
60-64 years Category: Elena Savinkova (Russia) 159 points
55-59 years Category: Jaqueline Jänike (Germany) 630 points
50-54 years Category: Anna Lopatkina (Russia) 381 points
45-49 years Category: Larisa Firsova (Russia) 387 points
40-44 years Category: Jaimie Monahan (USA) 552 points
30-39 years Category: Bárbara Hernández (Chile) 588 points
20-29 years Category: Ailén Lascano Micaz (Argentina) 396 points
15-19 years Category: Viktorija Gedroviča (Latvia) 87 points
Under 15 year Category: Jessi Isomaa (Finland) 183 points

Male Age Group Champions
80+ years Category: Viktor Koryagin (Russia) 84 points
75-79 years Category: Vasiliy Simonov (Russia) 153 points
70-74 years Category: Yuriy Ponomare (Russia) 357 points
65-69 years Category: Scott Lautman (USA) 504 points
60-64 years Category: Vasiliy Teterin (Russia) 567 points
55-59 years Category: Oleg Chekushkin (Russia) 630 points
50-54 years Category: Christof Wandratsch (Germany) 636 points
45-49 years Category: Davaadorj Shagdarsuren (Mongolia) 355 points
40-44 years Category: Aleksey Pavlenko (Russia) 255 points
30-39 years Category: Rauno Pärg (Estonia) 525 points
20-29 years Category: Antti Mäkinen (Finland) 410 points
15-19 years Category: Aleksandrs Jakovlevs Jr. (Latvia) 423 points
Under 15 year Category: Sergey Demidov (Russia) 99 points

The complete results of the World Cup are posted here.

The 2019 – 2020 International Winter Swimming Association World Cup series will include the following events:

* November 2019: 11th Open Winter Swimming Championships ‘Jelgavas Roni Cup’ in Jelgava, Latvia
* December 2019: 5th Tyumen Open Cup in Tyumen, Russia
* January 2020: 16th Latvian Open Winter Swimming Championships in Liepaja, Latvia
* February 2020: 12th Winter Swimming World Championships in Bled, Slovenia
* February 2020: 9th Scandinavia Winter Swimming Championships in Skellefteå, Sweden
* February 2020: 53rd Winter Swimming Across The Meuse River in Huy, Belgium
* February 2020: Big Neva Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia
* February 2020: 6th Annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival in Newport, Vermont, USA

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