Team America of the US Freediving Federation Breaks National Records During Preparation for World Championships in Roatan Island

Los Angeles, CA, August 6, 2019: Team America of the United States Freediving Federation (USFF) set new national records at the Caribbean Cup in Roatan, Honduras over the last several days. As part of their training and preparation regimen, their impressive results in the competition promise a strong performance in the 2019 Freediving World Championships, which kick-off today on the island and will conclude on August 11th.

Competing against freedivers from all over the world in the Caribbean Cup, which ran from August 1st to August 5th at West Bay Beach, Team America athletes now holds the following national records in each respective discipline: 

  • Daniel Koval: CWT - 108 Meters

  • Enchante Gallardo: CWT Bi Fins - 79 Meters 

  • Kristin Kuba: CWT Monofin - 75 Meters 

  • Enchante Gallardo: FIM - 67 Meters 

  • Andriy Khvetkevych: CNF - 63 meters

“Team USA came to Roatan very prepared this year, walking away from the Caribbean cup with several medals and new national records. We are feeling very strong as a team and are very excited to be here competing again in the World Championships” says Daniel Koval, Team Captain. “Everyone is playing their role as both a diver and teammate - the USFF has given us the best circumstances to perform at our best.”

Endorsed by the US Freediving Federation, the international CMAS Board of Directors approved the 4th Annual Freediving World Championship event being hosted in Roatan, Honduras, which is the first time that the event has been held in the Western Hemisphere. The location was selected with the intention of accessibility to the sport’s community - professional freedivers from nearly 25 countries will travel to Roatan island to compete. 

The schedule of events for the 4th Annual Freediving World Championships is as follows: 

  • August 6th: Opening Ceremony 

  • August 7th: CNF Competition Day 

  • August 8th: CWT Competition Day 

  • August 9th: Rest Day (in case of weather conditions) 

  • August 10th: CWB Competition Day 

  • August 11th: FIM Competition Day | Closing Ceremony & Dinner 

“Team America commits to intensive training year-round, so they came to Roatan prepared and ready to make an impression” says Jeremy Stephan, President of the USFF. “We’re looking forward to being back at the Freediving World Championships and concluding the summer season with high energy.”

With their first appearance in the international competition taking place just last year, the American freedivers reaped impressive results. Daniel Koval earned a bronze medal in the Free Immersion division, along with Kristin Kuba and Renee Blundon setting new national records in the Constant Weight Bi Fins and Free Immersion divisions respectively.

The Freediving World Championships event organizer is the Roatan Freediving School & Training Center, which will shuttle all participants by boat to a diving platform 3 minutes away from the San Simon Beach Club at West Bay Beach. Experienced Italian freediver Marco Cosentino will serve as the Chief of Safety and will be supported by a team of 12 additional safety freedivers.

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Founded in 2018 by tech entrepreneur and freediver Jeremy Stephan, The United States Freediving Federation is sanctioned under CMAS and the International Olympic Committee. The mission of the U.S. Freediving Federation is to bring awareness to freediving across the United States and support the efforts of all those that engage in the sport, whether it be for self-exploration and adventure, therapeutic benefits, or purely competition – in the safest manner possible.

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