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June 22 , 2007


Theo Ivanovic Sets New US National Record in Constant Weight with a mark of 82 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 Constant Weight with a performance of 82 meters on June 22, 2007.  This performance surpasses the previous record of 81 meters held by Brett LeMaster.  This was one of the longest standing US records dating back to 1999. 

The performance took place in the Bay of Villefranche, off the coast of Nice, France.  Two AIDA Judges (Cedric Palerme and Francois Gautier) judged the performance as valid.  Theo completed two warm-up dives prior to his record performance.  Theo dived and recovered a tag from the bottom plate and returned to the surface.  Staff at the dive said Theo made it look easy.  Theo is looking forward to challenging himself and advancing even more US records.  The dive was completed in two minutes and twenty-eight seconds. 

Constant Weight challenges the athlete to swim to depth and back with the use of fins or mono fin under their own power while holding their breath.  The athlete is not allowed to contact the competition line other than to recover their tag at depth while turning.  Upon reaching the surface the athlete must perform a surface protocol within fifteen seconds of their return to the surface.  Constant Weight is one of the most respected and most contested discipline is freediving. 

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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