Dirk Bouma is an American pool and open water swimmer, triathlete and pentathlete. He swam collegiately at the Air Force Academy (Class of 1990) and competed in the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in 1992. He finished 5th in the All-Armed Force Triathlon Championship on 6 July 1998 and 2nd in the All-Armed Force Triathlon Championship on 8 May 1999.
Open Water Swimming Highlights
He remains one of the English Channel relay record-holders along with Jay Wilkerson, Chad Hundeby, Martha Jahn, Karen Burton, and Sid Cassidy. The USA Swimming national open water team members set three English Channel relay records: 6 hours 52 minutes on their first leg (England-to-France), 7 hours 26 minutes on their second leg (France-to-England), and the fastest overall and fastest 2-way relay (England-to-France-to-England) in 14 hours 18 minutes in 1990. The team was coached by Penny Dean and John York.
- Solo versus Relay Records in the Channels
- Karen Burton Talks About Swimming Around The World On WOWSA Live
- A Powerhouse - 1990 USA National Open Water Swim Team
- Baby Boomers Looking To Test Time
- How Fast Do You Have To Be?
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Karen Burton Reeder, Flying High In The Open Water