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Pan-American Freediving Strength at LA Apnea Challenge

On Sunday August 5th Alfredo Romo Hernandez of Mexico and Jenna McGrath of the United States decided to up the ante for freedivers north and south of the border; while competing in the 3rd annual LA Apnea Challenge these Pan-American athletes demonstrated their mental and physical strength.

As if to punctuate his proven apnea ability from the day before, a very humble Alfredo Romo delivered a terrific performance in the Dynamic discipline with a big swim to 172 meters in two minutes and :36 seconds. Coming up clean and receiving another white card from the AIDA judges gave Alfredo Romo the sweet ending of success at his first pool competition. “I am very happy to be able to share freediving with everyone,” extolled Alfredo Romo, “I am excited to see the sport grow and have more people participate.”  Teaching both spearfishing and freediving courses out of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico the Cressi sponsored athlete has plans for additional achievements. “I am looking forward to pushing myself even more to prepare for Vertical Blue in November.”

How does one prepare for breaking their own dynamic national record? Well if you are Jenna McGrath you somehow simply will it to happen magically – as the talented screenwriter for television had been working around the clock on script deadlines, leaving her virtually no time for training whatsoever. The former synchronized swimmer even changed her warm-up right before getting in the pool to execute a a record-setting dive of 153 meters in two minutes and :02 seconds. “I definitely have more in me, and my swims this weekend gave me the confidence I need to go into September and do a good job for Team USA.” said McGrath, who will next head to Nice, France to compete on the world stage at the team world championships.


The journey for these two athletes of the Americas has just begun, and DeeperBlue will continue to follow them as they present more of their freediving accomplishments.

Francesca Koe
Francesca Koe
An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency dive instructor, PFI Safety Supervisor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB's.