USA Swimming has decided to move the 2014 United States Open Water Swimming Championships from the original location of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The event was originally set for June 13th and 15th, 2014. That race would have put the swim in a salt water venue, after a couple of years of hosting it in fresh water lakes.
USA Swimming Event & Marketing Director Dean Ekeren confirmed to us this morning that the meet has been moved from the four-mile beach island. The reason was one of safety: “on the advice of the local ocean safety officer due to extreme tidal changes anticipated for that date/location,” Ekeren shared.
Bryce Elser, the Open Water Program Manager for USA Swimming, has been working diligently to find a new more suitable location, with a fresh water site near Wrightsville Beach among the places being considered.
USA Swimming will be finalizing plans soon for the new site.
Special thanks from SwimSwam to Dean Ekeren and Mike Unger for taking the time to answer our emails during their time off for the holidays.