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Drafting, pacing and positioning during a competitive open water swimming race at the European Open Water Swimming Championships. Underwater photo by Deep Blue Media's Giorgio Scala.

noun - Pacing is the rate of speed at which a swimmer swims, especially relative to time or other competitions in an open water swimming race. One's pace is the rate of speed at which a swimmer proceeds, either in a swimming pool or open body of water. It is one element of the training concept of interleaving for open water swimmers and triathletes.

The young woman was pacing off of the veteran swimmer during the first half of the race.


Middle English, from Old French pas, from Latin passus, from past participle of pandere, to stretch, spread out; see pet- in Indo-European roots.

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