Luane Rowe is an Australian world-class open water swimmer who has won numerous races throughout Australia and the United States and is an industrial designer with FINIS. She is also an English Channel swimmer who completed a duo relay with Shelley Clark on August 12th, 2011.
She has won the 2 km Division at the Cole Classic at Shelly Beach, Australia, the 1 km and 2 km races at the Bondi Classic Ocean Swim, also in Australia. She has also won the Waikiki Roughwater Swim in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, and several other races including the 20th annual Flowers Sea Swim in the Cayman Islands, the Statue of Liberty Swim in New York City, and the Tiki Swim in Oceanside, California during 2012, as well as the 5 km swim in the 2013 Swim Miami event in Miami, Florida, and the 5 km Big Shoulders race in Lake Michigan, Illinois. She will also participate in an 88-mile (141.6 km) charity swim and relay across the Sea of Cortez in Mexico together with Richard Ernst, Susan Moody, Mauricio Prieto, Vito Bialla and Antonio Argüelles.
With a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of New South Wales in Australia in 2011, she was recruited by FINIS in northern California where she joins the leading new product development team of aquatic training equipment. Despite her busy work schedule, she still finds time to compete in and win open water swimming competitions.
"I don’t think I ever thought I was good at swimming but I enjoyed it and because of that dedicated a lot of time to it."
Rowe said her ultimate goal was to compete in either the 10K marathon swim or the 800m freestyle event at the 2012 London Olympics. "It¹s every swimmer’s dream to go to the Olympics but at the same time I've got to get into the real world and get a job. What will happen will happen. Swimming will always be part of my life."
Waikiki Roughwater Swim
Rowe has won the Waikiki Roughwater Swim four consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and second twice (2012, 2013). "It's hard not to get distracted by the fish and the turtles when you're swimming, it's gorgeous. It's getting more and more competitive as people hear about this great swim. I know that next year some of the American Olympic swimmers are coming. It's going to get a lot more popular and the level of competition is going to rise. It's going to get tougher and tougher."
California Coastal Swim
Rowe participated in the California Coastal Swim or the Nighttrain228, the Night Train Swimmers's world record setting non-stop ocean relay swim in history. The Night Train Swimmers completed a 228-mile (367 km) swim down the California coast from Gaviota State Park to the San Diego Yacht Club between 22-26 August 2013. Under the direction of captain Vito Bialla with crew Hal McCormick and Patrick Horn, Phil Cutti, David Holscher, Zach Jirkovsky, Luane Rowe, Blair Cannon, and Grace van der Byl with Walter Bean Scott as the alternate swimmer, will rotate in one-hour swim legs.
Sueño 88 team
Rowe is part of the Sueño 88, 6 open water swimmers who will attempt to swim 88 nautical miles (101 miles of 163 km) across the Sea of Cortez from the Baja California peninsula to the mainland of Mexico. Sueño 88 is an initiative by the Night Train Swimmers and Swim4Good, two organizations that use swimming as a vehicle to raise money for non-profit organizations and includes David Ogden, Mauricio Prieto, Luane Rowe, Richard Ernst, Shannon Navarro, Susan Moody Prieto, and Vito Bialla (escort boat captain).
Sueño 88 Video
- Sueño 88
- Night Train Swimmers
- World Reader
- Luane Rowe Wins Cole Classic
- Luane Row Wins Waikiki
- Luane Rowe Twitter Page
- FINIS Blog on the English Channel
- Luane Rowe Wins Statue of Liberty Swim
- The Warriors Were Women In The Tiki Swim
- Luane Rowe, Rare As A Pink Dolphin
- The Colorful Backdrop Of Swim Miami
- The Eyes Have It...And So Does Swim Miami
- Del Valle Doing Well
- After Hours With Open Water Swimmers
- Night Train Swimmers Announce World Record Relay Attempt
- Doing Good While Swimming With Sharks And Jellies
- Blue And White And Perhaps Red All Over
- The Night Train Going From Gaviota, Culminating In Coronado
- Marathon Swimming versus Marathon Running
- Swimming With Bait Balls
- Phil Cutti, Lead-off Man For Nighttrain228
- Prequel To Sequel
- Rough And Tough. No Guts, No Glory
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- 8 And 2 Is 10-4, On The Pacific With Blair Cannon
- Night Train Swimmers Rocking Into Their Second Night
- Camaraderie On The High Seas
- Swimming With Seals, Afraid Of Apex
- Monday Monday, If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears
- When Man Is Mightier Than Machine
- Night Train Swimmers Do It In 100 Hours
- Great Job Daddy. Welcome Home
- Phil Cutti Finishes The Job After 100 Hours
- Luane Rowe Does Her Job Well, Quietly
- Zach Jirkovsky Is All Smiles After 100 Hours Of Swimming
- David Holscher Gets The Job Done Harmoniously
- Grace Van Der Byl Triumphantly Tired
- Jordan Wilimovsky Wins Big Shoulders
- 6 To Go 88 Across Sea Of Cortez
- Sueño 88 Logistics Across The Sea Of Cortez
- The Sueño Six Go For 88
- The Prequel To An Unprecedented Swim
- Hydrating With Carbo-Pro For 50 Hours Of Swimming
- Dr. Richard Ernst Packs And Preparing For Sueño 88
- Night Train Swimmers Receive Dolphin Escort
- Nature Nixes Night Train, Sea Sinks Sueño
- When Things Go South, Vito Bialla Looks Up
- A Swimmer’s Account Across The Sea Of Cortez
- Mann Up. Will Mainstone Rhys To The Occasion Again?
- Record-setting Relays Rock 'N Roll
- International Women Of Mystery In The Open Water World
- All-time Winners of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim
- Racing Across Waikiki Beach Time After Time
- Waikiki Roughwater Swim
- World Open Water Series
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Underneath The Surface Of Lake Tahoe
- Statistics Of The Waikiki Roughwater Swim