From OpenwaterpediaSwimSwam and was formerly a reporter for the Daily News of Open Water Swimming. He is also an open water swimming announcer for USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships.
A California Waterman
Lewis has been an open water swimmer for nearly three decades and an United States Lifesaving Association national champion. A member of the University of California, San Diego swim team, he helped capture several national NCAA top 3 performances.
He is a diverse waterman who was an ocean lifeguard on San Diego beaches for over 10 years and an entrepreneurial manager with the United States Olympic movement. He was the High Performance Director for the 2000 USA Olympic team (USA Canoe and Kayak) where was responsible for national team development and performance at World Cup events, World Championships and Pan American Games.
Lewis has notched top ranked finishes in several open water swimming events throughout the world and was one of the first persons to cross Walloon Lake in northern Michigan. Mike is also active in United States Masters Swimming and has held numerous top ten rankings. Mike lives in San Clemente California with his wife Cynthia and their dog Syd.
Lewis also served as the Public Relations chairman of the Pan American Canoe Federation and was a U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Partnership Manager responsible for numerous sports. Later, he was the Director of Sport Development for USA Water Polo where he oversaw the development of a comprehensive national coaching certification program and managed membership services. His tireless work ethic and focus on the athlete were reasons why he served on the U.S. Olympic Committee Coaching Education Task Force.
Administratively, Mike co-founded and served as the Executive Director of the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. He promoted the sport at the college and university level which led to unprecedented growth. Most recently, he served as the General Manager for the world-renowned Mission Viejo Nadadores swim team where he provided management oversight for all aspects of one of the world's largest swim clubs. He is graduate of University of California San Diego and a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology from San Diego State University, Mike's passion and commitment to open water swimming is evident in his continuing efforts to promote and build the sport at all levels.
Mike is an open water swimming correspondent for Swimming World Magazine and Swimming World TV. His international coverage features the top elite performers, notable figures and dynamic stories from with world of open water swimming.
Mike Lewis is an award winning photographer and operates Ola Vista Photography. His work has been featured in numerous publications both in domestically (USA) and international. He has become one of the most prolific swim photographers and his wide body of work encompasses sport, landscape, portraits and events. Mike is a freelance photographer with the Orange County Register and Zuma Press International.