May 17th and 18th open water swimming hopefuls will gather for 2013 USA Swimming national championships north of Los Angeles on Castaic Lake. It will be an outstanding venue with expected warm air temperatures and ideal water conditions. The top 6 finishers, for both men and women, in the 10K event – Friday May 17th – will be selected to the 2013 national team (as long as they are within 10 minutes of the 1st place finisher).
Junior national team members will also be selected from the 10K event with top six male and female athletes who are 18 and under selected to the team.
The Castaic Lake event will also be used to select the 2013 Open Water World Championship team. Swimmers can qualify for the 10K national championship via pool time standards, placement at the 2012 Open Water National Championships or placement at FINA 10K events. Full details on qualification can be found at USA Swimming
As was the case in 2012, expect a strong contingent of distance swimmers including open water veterans and top distance swimmers looking to make the open water swimming team. 2012 featured some amazing performances from pool swimmers who have successfully made the transition to open water.
The May championships will undoubtedly be outstanding for both athletes and spectators.