The timing that served Pastras so well that he swam in the 2004 Athens Olympics at the age of just 18 has deserted him.
My friend, her boyfriend, and I woke up to find a wild, empty beach where we sunbathed, swam naked, and laughed all day.
Still, in the absence of any lifeboat to save her, she swam to shore, her lawyer said.
They swam in the direction of the lights of Giglio, not knowing exactly what they were swimming toward.
If they swam just as strenuously on the tenth immersion as on the first, the risk of drowning would increase dramatically.
Then she feared he might be stunned, so she swam to him and dragged him to the shore.
Some of them tried it, but the Indians swam after them, stabbing and pulling them under.
Springing into the river, I swam with others into the middle of the stream, the rebels failing to hit us.
He swam part of the time and ran and barked on the towpath the other part.
Over the vast, smooth swells he swam easily, his graceful, high head out of water.
Old English swimman "to move in or on the water, float" (class III strong verb; past tense swamm, past participle swummen), from Proto-Germanic *swemjanan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German swimman, Old Norse svimma, Dutch zwemmen, German schwimmen), from PIE root *swem- "to be in motion."
The root is sometimes said to be restricted to Germanic, but possible cognates are Welsh chwyf "motion," Old Irish do-sennaim "I hunt," Lithuanian sundyti "to chase." For the usual Indo-European word, see natatorium. Sense of "reel or move unsteadily" first recorded 1670s; of the head or brain, from 1702. Figurative phrase sink or swim is attested from mid-15c., often with reference to ordeals of suspected witches.
1540s, "the clear part of any liquid" (above the sediment), from swim (v.). Meaning "part of a river or stream frequented by fish" (and hence fishermen) is from 1828, and is probably the source of the figurative meaning "the current of the latest affairs or events" (1869).