“Since outdoor-pools opened in mid-May, I’ve swum 125 miles” explains Andreas Fath when asked about his training workload. “That’s about the same distance I swam to prepare for swimming the Rhine in 2014.” Andreas plans to train every day before he leaves for the United States later this month. “But no intense training sessions. I will swim more than enough over the course of the next few days and weeks”, Fath adds laughingly.

Fath’s preparation for the TenneSwim started much earlier than May, though. Over the winter months, he was a regular in the indoor pool. There, he swam between 6 and 9 miles per week.

To Andreas’ surprise, his hometown Haslach dubbed one of the swim lanes in the city’s public outdoor-pool “Professor Dr. Andreas-Fath-Lane”. This was Haslach’s way of welcoming Fath back from his Rhine swim in the summer of 2014. Fath had swum the Rhine in its entirety (652 miles) and together with a team of scientists collected water quality samples along the way. This summer, these will be compared to samples taken along the Tennessee River.

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