swimmer

noun
swim·​mer | \ˈswi-mər \
plural swimmers

Definition of swimmer 

: a person or animal that swims a competitive swimmer a fast/strong swimmer … he liked to tell us that he had been a powerful swimmer in his youth, but I never saw him in actual water save once, and he then came out very promptly, shivering and upset.— H. L. Mencken a dog that is an excellent swimmer

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In June, Hawaii’s director of the State Aquarium warned of multiple shark sightings in Oahu and Maui – not uncommon at a time of year when beaches attract more surfers and swimmers, reported KHON2. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Shark attacks 23-year-old surfer at Hawaii beach," 9 Sep. 2018 If a shark gets too close to swimmers, safety personnel will generally order everyone out of the water. Sophia Eppolito And Marek Mazurek, BostonGlobe.com, "On the Cape, tourists and locals take sharks in stride," 9 July 2018 After the boy’s death, Bronin revealed that the pool’s surveillance system, which should have alerted a police dispatcher to the trespassing swimmers, had been broken, and that city officials had known it was broken. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Hartford Mayor Announces Plan For Policies To Maintain Security Cameras After 16-Year-Old Boy Drowns In Keney Park Pool," 6 July 2018 Most likely to be attacked were surfers and other board-sport participants (59 percent of U.S. attacks in 2017), followed by swimmers and waders (22 percent). Linda Searing, Washington Post, "The Big Number: 53 shark attacks in U.S. waters," 30 June 2018 With almost 50,000 people swimming in this intown pool from Memorial Day until Labor Day each season, expect a crowded spot for sunbathers and swimmers, especially on sunny weekend days. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Your guide to some of metro Atlanta’s best public pools," 25 May 2018 Just this Tuesday, a 2012 Olympic swimmer, Ariana Kukors, sued USA Swimming, accusing the organization of covering up alleged abuse by her former coach — who denies wrongdoing. NBC News, "USA Gymnastics' Kerry Perry to be grilled by Congress on abuse," 23 May 2018 The Baltimore County Fire Department’s dive team arrived at the scene with sonar equipment to locate the missing swimmer, a spokesman said. Doug Donovan, Howard County Times, "Crews respond to water rescues at Beaver Dam Swimming Club, Patapsco River," 4 July 2018 Boaters, swimmers, kayakers and others can still enjoy the river on the Fourth of July and into the weekend, county officials said. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Heading to the American River this week? Here's where E. coli levels are high," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of swimmer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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