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November 12, 2006

Theo Ivanovic Sets New US National Record in Dynamic Apnea with a mark of 167 meters.

The United States Apnea Association (USAA) is pleased to announce that Theo Ivanovic, a USAA member, set a new national record in the freediving discipline of Dynamic Apnea with a performance of 167 meters on November 12, 2006.  This performance surpasses the previous record of 149 meters held by Theo.

The competition took place in a 50m pool at Crystal Palace, in London.  Theo declared a performance of 150 meters.  He felt great after the third turn and surfaced completing the surface protocol.  The performance was judged valid.  He was met by the sheers of his fellow athletes and fans.  Theo said, “I cannot think of any other sport where fellow athletes are less competitive with and more supportive of each other.”

Dynamic Apnea is performed by swimming with fins in a pool with the athlete holding their breath swimming as far as they can.  Distance is measured with the use of a metered tape measure.  The pool must be at least twenty-five meters long for the performance to be valid.    Other disciplines include tests in depth and time.

The USAA is a nonprofit association founded on the democratic representation of freediving within the United States and internationally.  Founded in 2003, the USAA consists of an active membership dedicated to furthering freediving in the United States and abroad. For more information about the USAA, the U.S. National Freediving Team, and membership please visit

The International Association for the Development of Freediving, AIDA, is the international sanctioning body for freediving, individual and team competition, and freediving world record attempts.  For more information about AIDA please visit


Contact Information:

Grant W. Graves, President
United States Apnea Association, USAA

3642 Seahorn Dr.
Malibu, CA 90265
Phone: 310-560-6104

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