JessicaWilson has set a new National Record in the Static Apnea discipline at the 2008AIDA Team Freediving World Championships static apnea in Sharm El Sheikh. She held her breath for six minutes and thirty-five seconds. Thissurpasses her previous record of six minutes and thirty seconds set at the 2006AIDA Team Freediving World Championships. The US Women’s Freediving Team iscurrently in third after the Constant Weight event.
Jessica’sperformance was realized during the first of two days of static apneacompetition. The static competition took place in the pool at the SharmSports Club in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.In a press release received from the UAAA, Jessica stated, “It felt so easy. I had more in me, but it is a team championship year, so it is about thepoints. I did not want to push to the limit. ”
Jessicais one of four women that make up the team. Annabel Edwards, Jessica’smother and former world record freediver, is on the team. The remainingteam members are US National Record holder, Julie “Jewels” Russell, and AshleyFutral. The US Men’s Freediving Team is also participating in theevent. The team consists of current US National Record holder RobertKing, current US National Champion Craig Gentry, Jared Schmelzer, and MichaelAntinori.
TheAIDA Team Freediving World Championships is a biannual event that tests nationsto send their best four male and female athletes to compete as a male andfemale team. Three athletes and one alternate make up each team. Three freediving disciplines are contested in depth, time and distance ofapnea. This year’s event is being hosted by Apnea Academy Egyptwith over fifteen nations participating.