Jaimie Monahan Swims Close To Home At US Champs
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
February 18th will see many swimmers come to the shores of Coney Island for the 2017 U.S. Winter Swimming Championships.
Cristian Vergara, U.S. Winter Swimming Association President, explains, “There is a group of cold water enthusiasts who swim year-round in New York’s waters even during snowstorms and record-breaking cold temperatures.
Coney Island is the perfect American venue for the national championships. The swimmers competing are going to make New York City history. We are all eager to spread the excitement of this sport.”
While Lynne Cox was the face of American ice swimmers and winter swimmers in the 20th century, Jaimie Monahan of Manhattan is the face of American ice swimmers and winter swimmers in the early 21st century.
The 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year was more than busy throughout her 2016 season – and her pace is not slowing down. Being an ice swimmer, winter swimmer, channel swimmer and marathon swimmer, not a month goes by without Monahan training hard or competing somewhere around the world.
But the U.S. Winter Swimming Championships allows Monahan to take a car to the venue rather than the usual international flight and local ground transportation in a foreign land. “I am excited to return to my home waters, to help put New York City on the map as a winter swimming destination.”
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