Kitajima’s in: Huge Field 2013 Waikiki Roughwater Swim

  0 Mike Lewis | September 01st, 2013 | Featured, News, Open Water

Kosuke Kitajima’s plans to swim the Waikiki Roughwater swim for the second year in a row.  Last year the famed Japanese breaststroke Olympic champions tackled the race and finished within the top 3 in his division.

This race is one of the most iconic races in the open water swimming world. “This is shaping up to be one of the largest Waikiki Roughwater fields in history,” said Kaia Hedlund, race director.   “We have over 1050 swimmers who have enter as of the on-line cut off and we’re still taking entries throughout the day at the pre-registration.”

Last year’s men’s champion, reigning Australian 10K champion Rhys Mainstone is back again this year along with fellow Australian Trent Grimsey, who has recently retired from FINA level events, and his brother Ridge Grimsey to lead a strong Aussie contingency.  Local men’s favorites include Kacy Johnson who swims for the University of Hawaii.  Other swimmers to watch on the men’s side are former Cal swimmer John Dorr and Alex Kostich (who’s won this race 4 times and is competing in his 21st Waikiki Roughwater Swim.

For the women’s field Luane Rowe is the top seed, a woman who’s open water swimming resume includes 3 wins in this race as well as top finishes on the Australian surf lifesaving circuit.   Canadian Monkia Eggens along with USMS masters world record holder Katie Glenn will also be among the top in a strong field.

Forecast calls for ideal conditions with a slight favorable current during the race.

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Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis has nearly three decades of open water swimming experience as both an athlete and coach. He has worked with a wide range of athletes including Olympians and World Record Holders. Mike was as an administrator in the U.S. Olympic movement for 10 years and was a team director for the 2000 Olympic games. Mike himself is an avid swimmer and has notched several top 10 rankings in US Masters swimming. Mike and his wife Cynthia founded "Did you swim today?" – a global gathering place for swimmers to share their positive experiences in the pool and the open water. Read More »