David Alleva Ph.D. was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 1992. Alleva’s six-year professional marathon swimming career started in 1988 with a third place at the 42 K (26-mile) La Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog in Quebec, Canada. One year later, the American marathon swimmer won the 1989 World Championship Ocean Marathon Swim in Atlantic City, New Jersey (23 miles in 8 hours 5 minutes) and was the Long Distance Swimming World Champion in 1990 after winning the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Naples, Italy (36 km in 6 hours 57 minutes). Alleva consistently placed in the top three throughout his marathon swimming career that included second place in the 1991 Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean 40 km marathon in 10 hour 19 minutes and in 1993 in 10 hours 28 minutes and third place in the 1990 Santa Fe-Coronda River 57 km (36-mile) marathon swim in Argentina in 7 hours 9 minutes. He won and set the world record in the 8-mile Boston Light Swim in Massachusetts in 1996.
He was from Fairfax, Virginia and swam for the Starlit Aquatics swim team. He received an athletic scholarship at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he trained under fellow International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductees Coach James "Doc" Counsilman and James Kegley between 1982 and 1986.
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