Friday, March 23. 2007
Date: Friday, March 23, 2007
Location: St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne
Theme: 25K Technical Meeting
Written by Steve Munatones
The technical meeting was held in the Melbourne Town Hall where the FINA Open Water Technical Committee explained the revised course and expected weather conditions for the 25K races this weekend. There will be three major changes:
Because of the expected 10-25 knot winds and rain, there will be no dive start off of a floating pontoon. The start will be a traditional in-the-water start.
One of the feeding pontoons will not be used because of the expected waves caused by the winds. An alternative feeding pontoon will be used that will cause the course to be extended about 50-70 meters per loop. This will lead to an approximate distance of 25.5 kilometers.
Each swimmer will be allowed two coaches in order so the swimmers may have a coach on each of the two feeding stations. Paul Asmuth and Steven Munatones will handle the feedings for Kalyn Keller in the women’s race. Paul and Jim Miller will be on one pontoon and Steven and Jeremy Vail will be on the other pontoon during the men’s race where Mark Warkentin and Scott Kaufmann are entered.
There are 13 entrants in the women’s race with Kalyn Keller’s top competition expected to be the Russians (Natalya Pankina and Ksenia Popova), the German duo (Britta Kamrau, Angela Maurer), an Italian pair (Laura La Piana and Alessandra Romiti), the Dutch swimmer (Evelien Sohl) and the Czech swimmer (Jana Pechanova).
Kalyn will be doing her first 25K swim tomorrow. Her sense of adventure is admirable; her courage and determination are befitting the Olympian she is.
Interesting note of the day: According to the Beaufort Wind Scale, 25 knots equals 28.8 miles per hour winds. This is described as “strong breeze with large tree branches in motion, telephone wires whistle and umbrellas are used with difficulty”. Needless to say, the surface chop is expected to be significant and the footing by the coaches on the feeding pontoons will be precarious as the waves may cause significant movement.
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