Lexie Kelly

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Lexie Kelly, member of the Open Water Swim Club
Lexie Kelly, coordinator for the 2011 Flowers Sea Swim
Lexie Kelly, Swim Coordinator, Flowers Sea Swim and Bridging The Cayman Islands - photo courtesy of Image by Spike
Lexie Kelly set a world open water swimming record in the Cayman Islands - photo courtesy of Norma Connelly
Lexie Kelly manning a lifeguard tower at Sunset Beach in Southern California
Lexie Kelly, reporter for the Daily News of Open Water Swimming
Lexie Kelly of Open Water Source
Lexie Kelly of Open Water Source - photo courtesy of Image by Spike
Lexie Kelly (Λεξι Κελλυ born 6 December 1986) of Long Beach, California, USA is an Ambassador and Social Marketing Manager with Open Water Swimming, a member of the Open Water Swim Club, and was the 2011 Flowers Sea Swim Coordinator and organizer of the Bridging The Cayman Islands event in the Cayman Islands and the Michele Fast Relays and Michele Fast Memorial Swim @ Naples Island.

She is also a model with a cover magazine to her credit. She is a reporter with Daily News of Open Water Swimming who covered the 2011 FINA Swimming Championships in Shanghai, the Olympic Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympic Games, the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit.

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Professional Marathon Swimming

She is also a professional marathon swimmer competing on the 2013 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit including a fifth-place finish at the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Roberval, Quebec, Canada.

Records

She holds two world open water swimming records - one from swimming from Cayman Brac to Little Cayman in the Cayman Brac Channel and one as part of the Long Beach Swim Focus Catalina Relay in October 2011 that set the overall Catalina Channel record of 6 hours 53 minutes 4 seconds. She also won the women's overall title at the 2013 U.S. Masters Swimming national 10 km open water swimming championships in Lake Mead, California.

She was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award and is one of the top masters swimmers in the Go The Distance program at U.S. Masters Swimming.

Career

A former NCAA swimmer and a current world open water swimming record holder, Kelly profoundly understands the DNA of the aquatic world. After her successful pool swimming career, Kelly transferred her passion and talents to open water swimming after she moved to Long Beach, California. She is also a beach lifeguard for OC Lifeguards in Orange County, California. She was also the 25-29 age group winner of the 2012 SPMS Open Water Series in Southern California.

Open Water Experience

Kelly's personable ambassadorial style and organizational skills help bring together hundreds of athletes together in open water swims in the Cayman Islands where she hosts numerous Olympians, world champions and VIPs from several countries. Her skills extend to safely organizing marathon swims (ex:Penny Palfrey,Diana Nyad) where athletes must overcome currents, waves, jellyfish and sharks in the open ocean. She has helped athletes make successful Catalina Channel crossings and has life guarded on beaches throughout Southern California throughout her young career. A graduate of California State University Bakersfield, she brings energy, ocean knowledge, organizational skills and a personable ambiance to the open water swimming world.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination

Kelly was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award. Her World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads, 365 days per day behind the scenes, Lexie Kelly helps promote open water swimmers and archives a plethora of information on all aspects of the open water community. Quietly and without fanfare or expectations, she organizes conferences and awards ceremonies to honor open water luminaries. Day and night, weekday and weekend, holidays and not, she works tirelessly to maintain a variety of data bases on events, terms and athletes. She writes articles while traveling to 4 continents and researches swimmers to freely share on Openwaterpedia and the Daily News of Open Water Swimming. She answers thousands of emails throughout the year - day in and day out - offering advice and helping swimmers realize their dreams. For her non-stop passion to document and archive information on the sport, for her year-round enthusiasm to promote events and encourage her fellow swimmers, for her infectiously cheerful outlook that breeds a joyful ambiance wherever she goes, Lexie Kelly’s year-round work is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Race Director

Kelly was the 2011 organizer for the richest open water swimming event in the world and the largest open water race in the Caribbean – the Flowers Sea Swim (see below). She also successfully organized the unprecedented 67.26-mile Bridging The Cayman Islands marathon swim by Penny Palfrey (see below).

Kelly also coordinated the 5-mile Cayman Brac Channel Challenge.

Personal

Kelly was born in Hemet, California in 1986. She is a 2009 graduate of California State University Bakersfield majoring in Business Management with a sharp eye for design. Kelly started swimming at the age of six months and has never figuratively left the water. She has two sisters and a brother and is active on Facebook.

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