June 21, 1999 - by
Seminole Swimmer Wins Open Water Race

June 2, 1999

PENSACOLA, FL — Florida State swimmer Danny Chocron began his
summer of open water competition with a win in the Pensacola Bay Swim, a
four mile course from Gulf Breeze to Pensacola. The senior from Caracas,
Venezuela, finished the course in 1:03.41, more than a minute ahead of the
pack.

“It wasn’t a bad swim,” Chocron said. “I would have liked to be a
little faster. This race is a little too short for me. I don’t have the
speed as others do because I train for long distances. I just wanted to get
ahead of the group and stay there.”

A distance swimmer for the Seminoles, Chocron is training for the
larger open water meets this summer, including the U.S. National 15K and
25K. He won the 15K Open Water US Nationals last year in Newport Beach,
Calif., finished third in the 10K US National Open Water Championships in
Clemson, S.C., and was 16th at the World Championships 25K in Australia.
Chocron has also competed in other international events, including earning
two silver and two bronze medals at the 1997 Macabiah World Games,
finishing fourth in the 25K open water at the 1997 Pan Pacific Games and
joining teammates Chad Onken and Bill Shultz on the 1997 U.S. National Open
Water 10K Champion team.

“This race was just a workout,” Chocron said. “I’m training for the
US Nationals again. Instead of swimming in the pool, my coach said let’s
just go to the beach and do this one.”

Chocron hopes to represent Venezuela in the 2004 Olympics in
Athens, Greece, as open water swimming will not be an event in the 2000
Olympics in Sydney.

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