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Andrea Fazio

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Andrea Fazio's record-breaking swim across the Strait of Messina was selected as the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year for recognition of his extraordinarily fast swim

Andrea Fazio, born in Messina in 2000, is an Italian pool and open water swimmer. Andrea is the son of Nino Fazio, the current record-holder for the double crossing of the Strait of Messina (1 hour 22 minutes 23 seconds set in 2010).

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

  • In 2015, at the age of 15, he set the new record of the crossing of the Strait of Messina by swimming in 30 minutes 6 seconds from Sicily to mainland Italy. The previous record was 30 minutes 50 seconds set by Giovanni Fiannacca in 1975, almost 40 years before. Fazio's escort pilot was Giovanni Arena from Torre Faro, Italy.
  • On 31 August 2014 at the 5.2 km XVI Trofeo Baia di Grotta, he finished 6th overall in 1:05:53.0.
  • On 30 August 2015 at the 5.2 km XVII Trofeo Baia di Grotta, he won in 1:03:52.0.
  • On 28 August 2016 at the 5.2 km XVIII Trofeo Baia di Grotta, he won in 1:00:03.0.
  • 2016: first place Campionato Italiano di Mezzofondo FIN (Middle-Distance National Championship)
  • 2018: first Juniores at the 54th Traversata dello Stretto international FINA-FIN race.
  • 2015-2019: 15 national championship races won.
  • 2019: 15th place National Long-Distance Grand Prix, 3rd category age 19-20.

Honor[edit]

Fazio's crossing of the Strait of Messina was voted as the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year in a global poll conducted by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

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2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominee[edit]

Fazio is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association along with the following nominees:

1. Andreas Fath (Germany) Swim for Science
2. Andrea Fazio (Italy) Like Father, Like Son
4. Christian Reichert (Germany) FINA World Cup Champion
4. Dan Projansky (U.S.A.) Butterflying Marathoner
5. Jim Clifford (U.S.A.) Oldest Triple Crowner
6. Fast and Frozen by Henri Kaarma (Estonia), Ryan Stramrood (South Africa), Anna Carin-Nordin (Sweden), Patrick Corcoran (Ireland), Zdeněk Thalmika (Czech Republic), Elina Makïnen (Finland) Two-way North Channel Relay
6. Ganga Avahan by by Paramvir Singh, Gullupilli Narahari, Saripilli Srihari (India) Stage Swimmers
8. Jordan Wilimovsky (U.S.A.) Olympian & World Champion
9. Kelly Gneiting (U.S.A.) Sumo Swimmer
10. Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand) Farallon Freestyler
11. Matthew Moseley (U.S.A.) Trifecta Lake-Ocean-River Swimmer
12. Mike Arbuthnot (South Africa) Midmar Mile Founder
14. Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia) Camel Swim
14. Night Train Swimmers by Grace van der Byl, Dave Holscher, Kimberley Chambers, Adam Eilath, Ashley Horne, Vito Bialla (U.S.A./New Zealand) NT400 Relay
15. Oceans Seven Relay by Rick Gaenzle, Chris Kraus, Brian Ross (U.S.A.) Triumphant Trio
16. Susan Simmons (Canada) Swimming with Multiple Sclerosis
16. Swim The Eden Expedition by Calum Hudson, Jack Hudson, Robbie Hudson (Great Britain) Brotherly Wild Swim
18. Team Nadadores Locos by Amy Appelhans Gubser, Kirk McKinney, Les Mangold, John Sims, Jeff Everett, Andrew McLaughlin (U.S.A.) Two-way Farallon Islands Relay
19. The Old Men And The Sea Relay by Don Baker, Dr. Bill Spore, Dave Radcliffe, Graham Johnston, Bob Best, Bob Beach, Norm Stupfel (U.S.A.) Catalina Cruisers
20. The Deep Enders by Jim McConica, Tom Ball, John Chung, Zach Jirkovsky, Tamie Stewart, Stacey Warmuth (U.S.A.) San Nicholas Channelers
21. Theodore Yach (South Africa) Robben Island Swimmer
22. Trent Theroux (U.S.A.) Comeback Circumnavigation
24. Wendy Trehiou (Jersey) Saint Malo to Jersey

2015 WOWSA Award Nomination[edit]

Fazio's 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination reads as follows:

Andrea Fazio (Italy) Like Father, Like Son
Andrea Fazio has followed along the wake of his father Nino Fazio. The 15-year-old Andrea set a new record for a crossing of the Strait of Messina (Stretto di Messina), a standard previously thought to be unbeatable. With his swim of 30 minutes 6 seconds from Sicily to mainland Italy, a father and the son now simultaneously hold the record in a channel for both the single and double crossings. For his his challenge against an unassailable record, for learning about the open water from a paternal teacher, and for his technically beautiful stroke, Andrea Fazio's Strait of Messina record swim is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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