Sueño 88

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Sueño 88 is a group of 6 open water swimmers who will attempt to swim 88 nautical miles (101 miles of 163 km) across the Sea of Cortez from the Baja California peninsula to the mainland of Mexico.


Sueño 88 is an initiative by the Night Train Swimmers and Swim4Good, two organizations that use swimming as a vehicle to raise money for non-profit organizations. Sueño 88's goal is to raise US$100,000 to benefit Worldreader whose mission is to eradicate illiteracy by delivering the largest culturally relevant library to the world’s poorest people—digitally and inexpensively.


Sueño 88 will depart at 9 am on 3 June with a goal time of 50 hours maximum. The swimmers will be escorted by MARIANA, a 52' twin diesel cruiser co-captained by Alejandro Abarroa and Antonio Caballero, both of La Paz, Mexico. Sueño 88 will start from Tecolote Beach on the La Paz peninsula with a destination of the Topolobombo buoy on the beach.


  • David Ogden, M.D.: Ogden started open water swimming in 2005. He is a medical doctors who runs an internal medicine practice in Marin County. His first open water event was the Alcatraz swim around the rock, Bridge to Bridge (Golden Gate to Bay Bridge), Catalina Channel relay, Sea of Cortez relay attempt, and numerous other swims. He also served as the medic on the Mexican American Unity Swim in Lake Powell which set a record.
  • Mauricio Prieto: Prieto started swimming on a regular basis in 1993 at the University of California at Berkeley. Has been an active in open water swimming since 1999. He has completed a dozen 10 km+ open water swims in 2012-2013, including Lanzarote-Fuerteventura (17.5 km), Strait of Gibraltar (18 km), and Bridge to Bridge (Golden Gate to Bay Bridge).
  • Luane Rowe: Rowe is an industrial designer at FINIS and world-class open water swimmer from Australia. Among her many swimming accomplishments are victories in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the 20th Annual Flowers Sea Swim, the Statue of Liberty Swim, and the 2013 Swim Miami 5K.
  • Richard Ernst, M.D.: Ernst is a 45-year-old doctor from Mexico City and now living in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Ernst was a competitive cyclist in Mexico. He is an Ironman triathlete and avid swimmer who began swimming in open water when living in Puerto Rico.
  • Shannon Navarro: Navarro has been swimming since high school and was recruited to the Night Train Swimmers. Originally from Sonoma, Shannon is a graduate of Cal Poly and University of San Francisco. She was a dancer for 12 years before she began her endeavor of endurance sports. She runs several marathons a year, recently completed Ironman Canada and will attempt her first Ultramarathon this fall.
  • Susan Moody Prieto: Moody grew up as a competitive pool swimmer, nationally ranked in 200 butterfly, captain of the Princeton Swim Team. Came out of her 18 year swimming retirement in 2012 to swim the Strait of Gibraltar in 2013. Little known facts about her is that she was recruited by US colleges not only for swimming, but also for cross country, shot putting and discus, both of which she was state champion (North Carolina).
  • Vito Bialla: Bialla was a member of the first relay from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands, covering 26.4 nautical miles in 14 hours 45 minutes with Phil Cutti, Darrin Connolly, Dave Holscher, Vito Bialla, John Mathews, and Kim Chambers.


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