Former open water world champ Alex Meyer picked up a U.S. National open water title in dramatic fashion, just nipping Northwestern’s Jordan Wilimovsky in a photo finish.
Meyer, who finished third in Friday’s 10K, and Wilimovsky, who took second in that race as well, dueled much of the way on Sunday morning, each leading the field for a stretch late. But it was the 2012 Olympian Meyer who finished in 55:34.303 for the win. Wilimovsky was just a hair behind, going 55:34.570.
Third place went to Yoelvis Pedraza, a 26-year-old from Azura Florida Aquatics. He went 55:35.004 trailing the leaders by just a tick himself.
Another Florida-based swimmer, Florida Gator Arthur Frayler, went 55:36.908 for fourth place, and the top 5 closed out with 19-year-old David Heron of Tennessee Aquatics and the Mission Viejo Nadadores, who went 55:38.339. Heron just eked out that top-5 finish over North Carolina Aquatic Club’s Chip Peterson (55:38.591) and Daniel O’Connor of Mission Viejo (55:38.808).
The top-finishing junior was 16-year-old Nitro swimmer Taylor Abbot. Abbot went 55:41.251 for 8th overall.