12 swimmers have qualified for the 2018-2019 USA Swimming Open Water National Team based on the results of Friday’s 10K National Championship race in Tempe, Arizona. Pending final verification of eligibility, the top 6 finishers in the men’s and women’s 10km races each qualified for the National Team.
Included on the team are 3 junior swimmers – Brennan Gravley from Sandpipers of Nevada on the men’s side, who was 6th in his race; his teammate Erica Sullivan on the women’s side, who was 3rd in her race; and Chase Travis, who was 5th in the women’s race. Tennessee Aquatics, Sandpipers of Nevada, and Team Santa Monica each put a pair onto the National Team on Friday morning. Of the top 5 finishers in the men’s race, 2 used to train with Tyler Fenwick (Heron, Abbott) and another currently does (Casey).
Among the benefits for National Team members are travel and costs funding to major open water races (they funded 4 trips in the 2017-2018, though the 4th trip only funded the top 4 men and women); travel reimbursements for national meets and Olympic Training Center trips; career and education support programs; and access to health insurance through USA Swimming.
A full list of National Team benefits can be seen here, though they haven’t been updated yet for the 2018-2019 season.
- Ashley Twichell – TAC Titans
- Haley Anderson – Trojan Swim Club
- Erica Sullivan – Sandpipers of Nevada
- Katy Campbell – Team Santa Monica
- Chase Travis – NCAP
- Hannah Moore – Wolfpack Elite