2022 US Open Water Nationals: France’s Axel Reymond Wins the Men’s 10K

2022 US Open Water National Championships

French marathon swimmer Axel Reymond, a  two-time World Champion in the 25k, won the men’s 10k at the 2022 U.S. Open Water National Championships in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Florida’s Brennan Gravley led the race from at least the halfway point to the final lap through choppy waters, cloudy skies, and high winds. Gravley held a lead of 10-meters on the front pack at times, but Reymond, who was outside the top 3 going into the final lap, made his move and out touched him for the win.

2022 Open Water Nationals – Top 8 Finishers

  1. Axel Reymond (FRA)
  2. Brennan Gravley (UN-Florida)
  3. Dylan Gravley (Sundevils)
  4. Joey Tepper (Tennessee)
  5. James Brinegar (Indiana)
  6. Ondrej Zach (Unattached)
  7. Simon Lamar (FAST)
  8. David Heron (Mission Viejo)

Reymond recently took 5th place in the 10k at the 2021 Open Water World Cup in Qatar. He has medaled in the event 5 times at the French National Championships where he most recently placed 5th in 2020.

Reymond is a two-time world champion in the 25k (in 2017 and 2019) and a three-time gold medalist in the 25k at the European Championships, most recently winning the event at the 2021 European Championships in Hungary. 

This meet serves as the selection process for the 2022 U.S. Open Water National and Junior National Teams. The top 6 American finishers in the 10k earn a spot on the U.S. National Team, receive the financial perks that go along with it, and punch their ticket to the Open Water World Championships in Budapest this summer.

Brennan Gravley and his younger brother Dylan Gravley of Sundevils Swimming secured their National Team spots with their 2-3 finish. This is Brennan’s third U.S. National Team qualification and Dylan’s second.

The elder Gravley also finished 2nd in this event in 2021 behind defending champion David Heron of Mission Viejo who placed 8th this morning. Today’s race was an improvement for Dylan who finished 5th in 2021.

Within that front pack, University of Tennessee’s Joey Tepper and Indiana’s James Brinegar were dueling back-and-forth for 2nd place throughout the race after Tepper had the early lead. They finished 4th and 5th, respectively.

6th place went to 2021 Czech National Team member Ondrej Zach while FAST’s Simon Lamar earned 7th place, becoming the second-to-last qualifier on the 2022 U.S. Open Water National Team. Heron snagged the sixth and final spot.


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7 months ago

Maybe USA Swimming should give a lil less attention to the pro series meet and a lil more to open water nationals rn

7 months ago

Is this the first time that there are siblings on US National Team in the same event?

Reply to  Annika Johnson
7 months ago

Sorry, worded it badly. Had any siblings done it before them?

Reply to  ACC
7 months ago

I think there are a few examples throughout history, but they’re not even the only ones right now: Jake and Carson Foster are both on the US National Team in the 400 IM.

Reply to  Annika Johnson
7 months ago

Not 100% sure. Bruce and Steve Furniss

7 months ago

USA Swimming is taking a very long time to get all the results out.

7 months ago

What about the women’s? Who rounded out the top 8

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Annika Johnson

Annika came into the sport competitively at age eight, following in the footsteps of her twin sister and older brother. The sibling rivalry was further fueled when all three began focusing on distance freestyle, forcing the family to buy two lap counters. Annika is a three-time Futures finalist in the 200 …

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