Endless Pools: The Week in Swimming 8/10/17

Antonio Argüelles completed the Oceans Seven! He's the 7th person of all time, the first Latin American and the oldest person ever to complete the seven challenging open-water swims. (New York Times)

Ryan Lochte returned to competitive swimming at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships with a gold-medal swim. (USA Today, with video)

Fed up with commuter traffic, one Munich man now swims to work every day. (BBC, with video)

An app that's being called "AirBnB for pools" has been raising questions about insurance liability coverage. (App.com)

An open water swimmer is attempting to break her own "longest known unassisted solo swim" record by swimming a 104-mile loop in Lake Champlain. (9News, with video)

Why has open water swimming been rapidly growing in popularity in the Twin Cities? (Star Tribune)

Check out photos of these 5 jaw-dropping swimming pools, all in the Houston area. (Patch)

The inaugural Energy for Swim event in Rome combined elite swimming – including Team USA – with entertainment to support four charities. But what did the swimmers think about it? (FloSwimming, with videos)

Antonio Argüelles wasn’t afraid of the jellyfish or the tides. It was the cold water that scared him. “I’m from Mexico,” he told @nytimes. “We don’t have cold water.” In mid-July, Antonio, 58, traveled from Mexico City to Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, to swim a 21-mile stretch of the frigid North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland. He’d already knocked off 6 of the 7 crossings that make up the “Oceans Seven,” open water swimming’s answer to climbing the Seven Summits of mountaineering. The swims are among the most challenging channel crossings on earth. The 21-mile long English Channel and 20-mile Catalina crossings are the most famous. Then there’s the 27-mile Kaiwi Channel, which offers high winds, rugged surf and bull sharks. But the North Channel is by far the most feared. To complete an official crossing, a swimmer must hire a boat and an official observer. Antonio reserved his spot nearly 3 years in advance. At 7:15 a.m. yesterday, his skin coated with zinc oxide and Vaseline, he started swimming, stopping only for water, protein gel and steamed potatoes. When he hit a wall, it wasn’t the cold that affected him; it was the tides. He was held in place for an hour, but he hammered away. By 9 p.m., he became the 7th person of all time, the first Latin American and the oldest person ever to complete the swim. @pacattori took this photo of Antonio near the middle of his 13.5-hour swim. Visit the link in our profile to read more. #🏊 #🌊

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