August 21, 2017 marked a very special day for Alenka Artnik. A day replete with a total solar eclipse and a huge milestone for Alenka as a female freediver.
In a dive that took a little more than three minutes to complete, Artnik secured her spot in history by becoming only the fourth woman ever to reach 100M under constant weight in an AIDA competition.
Alenka joins the exclusive ranks of a club that boasts the sport’s most elite members including Natalia Molchanova, who was the first female athlete to dive down 100 meters deep and back using a monofin in the discipline of CWT. Subsequent additions Hanako Hirose & Alessia Zecchini only joined the club themselves (respectively, Hanako 2nd & Alessia 3rd) earlier this year in the Bahamas at Vertical Blue.
“I had a beautiful dive dive and I feel very happy!” shared Alenka. “The dive went smoothly from the beginning to the end!” An auspicious day indeed with a total solar eclipse happening virtually simultaneously, the universe seemed to conspire for a magical moment, “I felt it in the water!” beamed Alenka with a knowing smile.
Photos Courtesy of Daan Verhoeven