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Pilar Geijo

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Pilar Geijo, inductee (Honor Swimmer) of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 2018
Pilar Geijo was nominated for the 2019 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year category
Pilar Geijo was nominated for the 2014 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year category
Pilar Geijo is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, a WOWSA Award that recognizes outstanding men, women and offerings around the globe
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Pilar Geijo, World Champion and 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
Pilar Geijo, World Champion
Pilar Geijo, FINA Grand Prix Champion

Pilar Geijo (born 19 September 1984 in Buenos Aires) is a world-class marathon swimmer from Argentina who trains under Diego Tricárico at Club River Plate. She has dominated the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit during her career and won the overall FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix professional circuit in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2019. She was second in the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit in 2012, competing in 6 out of the 8 races on the circuit.

She competes on both the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit and the FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series.

Honors

Open Water Swimming Career Highlights

Rio de la Plata Crossing


She completed a 42 km crossing of the Rio de la Plata between Uruguay and Argentina in 9 hours 33 minutes on 3 August 2018.

Coaching

She offers a 4-day intensive open water swimming clinic in Mallorca, Spain on 24-26 March 2018.

Honors

She was recognized and honored at the 2012 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on the RMS Queen Mary on 22 September 2012 in Long Beach, California.

She is also a spokesperson for Gatorade Argentina in its for its Gatorade Heroes Anonimos campaign during 2012. She is coached by her husband Diego Tricarico.

Marathon Swimming Victories

Because of her speed and endurance, she often swims side-by-side with the top men. In many race, Geijo explains, "I decide to go with the top men." When the top men start to pick up their pace before the second half of the race, they created a major separation from the rest of the field, including the top women. "It is a big risk because I could lose the men, but I continue [as the lone woman]. I could slow down and swim with the women or I could swim alone. But life has risks."

Image is also important for the personable multi-lingual athlete, "When I finish, I have a big smile. I am very tired [after the long marathon swims], but it is important [for the fans] to see us finish with a smile."

But her victories do not come easy. Geijo swims twice a day doing 15,000 meters per day with additional dryland training three times per week.

2019 FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series Rankings

1. Pilar Geijo (Argentina) 365 points
2. Romina Imwinkelriedt (Argentina) 296 points
3. Alice Franco (Italy) 261 points
4. Daira Marin (Argentina) 248 points
5. Erika Yenssen (Argentina) 227 points
6. Martina Oriozabala (Argentina) 214 points
7. Marie-Laurence Lortie (Canada) 205 points
7. Barbara Pozzobon (Italy) 205 points
9. Rita Vanesa Garcia (Argentina) 181 points
10. Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist (USA) 101 points
11. Angela Maurer (Germany) 70 points
11. Cecilia Biagioli (Argentina) 70 points
11. Morgane Dornic (France) 70 points
14. Julia Lucila Arino (Argentina) 61 points
15. Vicenia Navarro (Venezuela) 52 points
16. Ivana Prizmic (Croatia) 40 points

Career Results in Spanish

Resultados 2012

Resultados 2011

  • Actualmente N°1 del Ranking Mundial
  • 1er puesto FINA Grand Prix - Paraná
  • 2do puesto FINA Grand Prix - Coronda
  • 4er puesto FINA Grand Prix - Rosario

Resultados 2010

  • Campeona del Circuito Mundial 2010
  • 4er puesto FINA Grand Prix - Macedonia
  • 1er puesto FINA Grand Prix - Canadá
  • 1er puesto FINA Grand Prix - Canadá
  • 2do puesto FINA Grand Prix - Italia
  • 1er puesto FINA Grand Prix - México
  • 1er puesto FINA Grand Prix - Paraná
  • 4er puesto FINA Grand Prix - Coronda

Resultados 2009

  • 1er puesto Hernandarias-Paraná
  • 2do puesto FINA Grand Prix - Italia
  • 2do puesto FINA Grand Prix - Canadá
  • 2do puesto FINA Grand Prix - Ohrid
  • 2do puesto FINA Grand Prix - Canadá
  • 5to puesto FINA Grand Prix - Rosario
  • 5to puesto FINA Grand Prix - Viedma
  • 6to puesto FINA Grand Prix - México
  • 10mo puesto FINA Grand Prix - Dubai

Distinciones y Premios

  • Premio Clarin Consagración 2010
  • Premio Olimpia 2010
  • Premio Jorge Newbery 2005

Geijo in Video

Geijo on Television

Pilar Geijo, nadadora argentina, campeona del Circuito Mundial de Aguas Abiertas 2010 fue invitada al piso del programa Cuestion de Peso que conduce Claribel Medina por Canal 14 para dar tips de natación y hablar sobre su alimentación. 24 de Diciembre de 2010

Geijo Sponsor

Geijo is sponsored by blueseventy after being ranked second in the 2009 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix rankings and leading the world rankings in 2010 and 2011. She joins 10-time world professional marathon swimming champion English Channel record holder Petar Stoychev on the blueseventy team.

blueseventy is confident that Geijo will continue to make headlines in open water swimming history, following in the footsteps of great Argentinian marathon swimmers from the past - Horacio Iglesias, Claudio Plit, Diego Degano, Antonio Abertondo, Alfredo Camarero, Pedro Candiotti, Silvia Beatríz Dalotto and Lilian Harrison.

Dean Jackson of blueseventy said, "We’re working with some inspirational athletes at the moment, and are delighted to welcome Pilar to our team. She’s had some great results this year and her input can only help strengthen the development of our bespoke open water swimwear. blueseventy is currently the only manufacturer making suits specifically for open water swimmers. It’s a sport that we are completely immersed in, and we’re genuinely pleased to be working with Pilar, who is as tough as they come in the sport."

2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Rankings

1. Esther Nuñez Morera (ESP) 96 points in 6 races
2. Pilar Geijo (ARG) 82 points in 6 races
4. Anna Uvarova (RUS) 66 points in 6 races
4. Olga Kozydub (RUS) 52 points in 4 races
5. Silvie Rybářová (CZE) 51 points in 4 races
6. Noelia Petti (ARG) 22 points in 4 races
6. Ivana Sitic (CRO) 20 points in 6 races

2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Geijo was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award as follows:

Pilar Geijo has owned this decade among her female competitors on the FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series. After winning the global circuit in 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2016, she came back to regain the title in 2019. She was the only woman to finish all six professional marathon swims on the circuit this year. She was consistent and even-keeled throughout the long season from February to September. The 35-year-old from Buenos Aires finished 2nd in the 15 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda (Argentina) in 3 hours 26 minutes, 4th in the 15 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Ciudad de Rosario (Argentina) in 2 hours 38 minutes, 2nd in the 32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean (Canada) in 8 hours 12 minutes, 3rd in the 25 km Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon (North Macedonia) in 5 hours 50 minutes, 4th in 20 km Novi (Croatia) in 4 hours 35 minutes, 4th in the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli (Italy) in 7 hours 50 minutes. For continuing to enjoy the sport as one of its most experienced veterans and personable ambassadors, for inspiring and mentoring many swimmers of all ages and abilities through her camps, motivational talks and television appearances, for her competitive spirit and calm composure in both warm- and cold-water conditions, Pilar Geijo is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominee

Pilar was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year along with the following nominees:

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Champion
2. Bhakti Sharma (India), Marathon Swimmer & Educational Reformist
4. Carina Bruwer (South Africa), Freestyling Flautist
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia), Marathon Swimmer & Coach
5. Colleen Mallon (Ireland), Channel Swimmer & Volunteer
6. Elaine Howley (USA), Communicator, Organizer, Swimmer
6. Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Oceans Seven Swimmer
8. Nataliya Fatyanova, M.D. (Russia), Ice Swimming Researcher & Physician
9. Pilar Geijo (Argentina), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Co-Champion
10. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion
11. Sylvia Rybárová (Czech Republic), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Co-Champion
12. Susan Simmons (Canada), Marathon Swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis

2014 WOWSA Award Nomination

"Pilar Geijo competed in and finished all 6 marathon races during 2014 to capture her third FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix championship (her first was in 2006), tying with Sylvia Rybárová. She completed the 56 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda, 88 km Maratón Hernandarias-Paraná, 15 km Maratón Cancún, 42 km Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean, 44 km Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog, 44 km Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon and 46 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli. Traveling on the pro circuit together with her husband Diego Tricárico, Geijo raced in different continents in rivers, lakes and seas battling the world's fastest marathon swimmers. For her athleticism, for her competitive spirit, for her calm, cool composure throughout 295 km of racing in both warm- and cold-water conditions, Pilar Geijo is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.''

2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

Geijo was nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association along with the following nominees:

1. Alex Cape (Canada) Freshwater Adventurer
2. Aurélie Muller (France) Olympian and World Champion
4. Bridgette Hobart Janeczko (U.S.A.) Prolific Marathon Swimmer
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia) Channel Swimmer & Coach
5. Elina Makïnen (Finland) Ice Swimmer
6. Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.) Double Downing
6. Lorna Cochran (South Africa) Nonagenarian Swimmer
8. Pilar Geijo (Argentina) FINA Grand Prix Champion
9. Rachele Bruni (Italy) Olympian & FINA World Cup Champion
10. Renata Novakova (Czech Republic), Ice Swimming World Champion
11. Sharon Van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) Olympic Cross-over Speedster
12. Tita Llorens (Spain), Marathon Swimmer

2015 WOWSA Awards Nomination

Geijo's World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nomination reads as follows:

Pilar Geijo (Argentina) FINA Grand Prix Champion
Pilar Geijo won the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix title in a tight season-long battle over Alice Franco of Italy. Pilar has now won the professional marathon swimming title 4 times out of the last 5 years: 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. The 41-year-old swimmer trains under her husband Diego Tricárico at Club River Plate where she competed 25 km Maratón Internacional Aguas Abiertas Villa Urquiza - Paraná (2nd in Argentina), the 15 km Maratón Cancún (5th in Mexico), the 42 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean (1st in Canada), the 44 km Ohridski Plivački Maraton (4th in Macedonia), and the 46 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli (2nd in Italy). For successful and close husband-and-wife teamwork, for consistently proving her strength and stamina over many closely competitive marathon swims, and for her positive spirit in promoting the sport of open water swimming, Pilar Geijo is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

2016 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

Geijo was named to the 2016 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association. The women are listed below, alphabetically by last name:

1. Patti Bauernfeind, marathon/channel/relay swimmer from the USA
2. Carina Bruwer, marathon/channel/charity event swimmer from South Africa
4. Charlotte Brynn, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and coach from New Zealand/USA
4. Jessie Campbell, ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
5. Kimberley Chambers, marathon/channel/extreme/cross-border swimmer from New Zealand/USA
6. Devon Clifford, marathon/channel/open water swimmer from the USA
6. Jackie Cobell, channel/extreme/ice swimmer from Great Britain
8. Lorna Cochran, open water swimmer from South Africa
9. Olive Conroy, ice/winter swimmer from Ireland
10. Anna DeLozier, ice/winter swimmer from the USA
11. Beth French, channel swimmer from Great Britain
12. Elizabeth Fry, marathon/channel swimmer and event organizer from USA
14. Pat Gallant-Charette, channel/marathon swimmer from the USA
14. Pilar Geijo, professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
15. Ines Hahn, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Germany
16. Jessi Harewicz, marathon/channel swimmer from Canada
16. Mariel Hawley Dávila, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
18. Bárbara Hernández Huerta, winter/extreme swimmer from Chile
19. Bridgette Hobart, event organizer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
20. Elaine Howley, marathon/charity/ice swimmer and writer from the USA
21. Linda Kaiser, channel swimmer, advisor and administrator from the USA
22. Lori King, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
24. Tita Llorens, marathon/channel swimmer from Spain
24. Marcy MacDonald, DPM, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Elina Makïnen, ice/winter swimmer from Finland
26. Angela Maurer, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from Germany
26. Chloë McCardel, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Australia
28. Tiffany McQueen, ocean/marathon swimmer from the USA
29. Sally Minty-Gravett, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Great Britain (Jersey)
40. Jaimie Monahan, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
41. Nuala Moore, marathon/ice swimmer, second, author and lecturer from Ireland
42. Victoria Mori, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
44. Tina Neill, marathon/channel/backstroker/extreme relay swimmer from the USA
44. Anna-Carin Nordin, Oceans Seven/ice swimmer from Sweden
45. Renata Nováková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
46. Magda Okurková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
46. Penny Palfrey, channel/marathon/extreme swimmer from Australia
48. Ranie Pearce, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
49. Cheryl Reinke, marathon swimmer from the USA
40. Charlotte Samuels, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
41. Susan Simmons, marathon swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis from Canada
42. Kate Steels-Fryatt, polar ice miler and ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
44. Sarah Thomas, marathon/extreme swimmer from the USA
44. Nora Toledano Cadena, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
45. Natalie du Toit, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from South Africa
46. Wendy Trehiou, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain (Jersey)
46. Wendy Van De Sompele, marathon swimmer and administrator from the USA
48. Samantha Whelpton, winter/ice swimmer from South Africa
49. Sabrina Wiedmer, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from Switzerland
50. Julia Wittig, ice/winter swimmer from Germany

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