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noun - Eight-wide (8 wide) is a formation of eight open water swimmers or triathletes swimming side-by-side during a competitive race, tandem swim, or training session.


There was an eight-wide coming around the last turn buoy.

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Its equivalents (4-wide, 5-wide, 6-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 for the sport of competitive open water swimming or tandem swims from the modern-day application of a NASCAR racing term.

Video example[edit]

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

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