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Pack swimming with several tiers and a 5-wide at the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Fort Myers, Florida

noun - 5-wide (Five-wide) is a formation of five open water swimmers or triathletes swimming side-by-side during a competitive race, a tandem swim, or a training session.


There was a 5-wide coming around the last turn buoy.

Related Terms

Its equivalents (3-wide, 4-wide, 6-wide, 7-wide, 8-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 racing term.

4-wide example

with Darren Miller, Jamie Patrick, Jen Schumacher and Oliver Wilkinson across the Strait of Gibraltar

Six-wide at 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships

In Long Beach, California

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