THIS EVENT IS CANCELED, DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. The Brogan Open Water Classic is hosting the 2020 U.S. Masters Swimming Middle-Distance Open Water National Championship (2-miles). Competitors from around the country and Canada are expected at the event, which for the first time includes an open-water clinic in Lakewood and Friday night social at the…

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They swim open water because it’s peaceful. Tranquil. Beautiful. “It’s nice to go out and swim and not have to worry about flip turns,” said Jenny Banning of Strongsville. Banning was one of nearly 100 swimmers who competed Saturday in the Ohio Masters Swim Club’s 28th annual Brogan Open Water Classic Saturday, in 1/2-mile, 1-mile…

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Compete in a half-mile, 1-mile and 2-mile swim race on a triangular course in Lake Erie, from Edgewater Beach in the Brogan Open Water Classic. Swimmers will start in the water and swim in a clockwise direction around the course, starting in waves 4 minutes apart. Participants may choose to swim in the non-wetsuit or wetsuit…

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Meet Kristen Bergmann, a Bay Village mental health therapist who in the summer swims two miles in Lake Erie two or three times a week. A competitive swimmer since she was 5, Bergmann grew up in Peoria, Illinois, and swam freestyle and sprint backstroke for Miami University. Twenty-one years ago, she tried open water with…

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Summer mornings, as the sun rises, I ride my bike four miles to Columbia Road Beach, clatter down the steps and wade into Lake Erie. I dive under, kick hard to warm up and settle into a rhythm, breathing left and right and left again. Unlike in the pool, there are no markers of time…

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