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It took four failed attempts before long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad finally became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage. She completed that journey, 110 miles in total in some of the most challenging waters on the planet, at the age of 64. Her first attempt was at age 28.

Henry Biggs
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Henry Biggs, an entrepreneur and former dean at Washington University in St. Louis, had a big goal in mind that involved a 27-mile swim for a good cause.

On July 15, Biggs swam around Manhattan to raise funds for educational and mentoring initiatives in Ferguson.

Omaha Will Host Olympic Swimming Trials

Apr 27, 2013
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USA Swimming has announced that the 2016 Olympic swimming trials will be held in Omaha, besting St. Louis and the other finalist for host city, San Antonio. 

The announcement was made during a 20 minute presentation on Saturday evening.   

Omaha also hosted the trials in 2008 and 2012.   In 2012 the trials gave Omaha a $20 million economic boost and were attended by more than 164,000 fans.  The eight day event also aired on prime time television.

Swimming news source SwimSwam is reporting today that Indianapolis is out to host the 2016 USA Swimming Olympic Trials - but which city is still in? You guessed it, St. Louis. The Gateway City is one of four remaining finalists, SwimSwam says. The others? San Antonio, Texas; Omaha, Neb.; and Greensboro, N.C.

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Water samples taken this week from 12 coves at the Lake of the Ozarks did not contain elevated E. Coli levels, but two Missouri beaches will remain closed because of elevated average amounts of the bacteria.

All 12 samples are from coves in the lake's upper region, from the Highway 65 bridge to the Brown Bend area 30 miles down-lake.  Renee Bungart with the Department of Natural Resources says the upper-lake testing is part of a 5-year study to examine the Lake of the Ozark's ecological health.

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If you were planning on going swimming at three specific Missouri state beaches sometime soon, you may want to make other plans.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says "bacteria levels higher than those recommended for waters used for swimming" are the reason behind the temporary closing of beaches at:

  • Grand Glaize Beach, also known as Public Beach #2, at Lake of the Ozarks State Park
  • Public beaches at Mark Twain State Park
  • Public beaches at Harry S Truman State Park