noun - 4-wide (Four-wide
) is a formation of four open water swimmers or triathletes swimming side-by-side during a race or training session.
There was a 4-wide coming around the last turn buoy.
Its equivalents (3-wide, 5-wide, 6-wide, etc.) are used when there are more individuals swimming side-by-side.
Usage dating to circa 2001 from Steven Munatones in Huntington Beach, California as adopted from the modern-day application of a NASCAR term.
with Darren Miller
, Jamie Patrick
, Jen Schumacher
and Oliver Wilkinson
across the Strait of Gibraltar