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Santa Monica's Jana Strain sets freediving record in Denmark

August 21, 2009 |  4:14 pm

Jana.Strainv2 Santa Monica's Jana Strain was among the star performers at the International Assn. for the Development of Apnea Individual Indoor Freediving World Championships at Aarhus, Denmark.

Strain, who is Canadian, set a new Pan American Women's Freediving Record with an underwater swim of 181 meters (594 feet) on one breath. Her swim lasted 2 minutes, 20 seconds, and she broke her existing record of 171 meters (561 feet). Strain is only the fifth woman to swim more than 175 meters on one breath.

"I was happy to do a clean performance," she said. "I felt strong and I'm excited to compete again [Saturday] in the finals. I was the first woman to swim today and I was surprised that I made the longest performance of the day."

Annabel Edwards of Kona was another star performer. She set a U.S. National, North American Continental and Pan American Record in the Dynamic No Fins discipline, with a swim of 120 meters (394 feet).

The competition is held biannually.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo of Jana Strain courtesy of Jana Strain