Americans Top Medal Standings At Junior Open Water Championships


The American team topped the medal standings at the 2018 FINA Open Water Junior Championships that concluded today in Eliat, Israel, as they finished with two gold, two silver, and one bronze medal. France matched their two golds, but only had three total medals, and both Italy and Hungary also had five medals (but only one gold).

The U.S. had wins from 16-year-old Chase Travis in the girls’ 16-17 7.5k, winning by nearly a minute, and 18-year-old Michael Brinegar prevailed in a very close race in the men’s 18-19 10k. They added a pair of silvers in the team relays to go along with the bronze from Mariah Denigan in the girls’ 14-15 5k.

Jean-Baptiste Clusman won one of France’s gold medals in the boys’ 16-17 7.5k, and played a major role in their victory in the open relay.

The Hungarians as a whole were really impressive over the competition, winning individual medals in four different events before winning the 14-16 relay in decisive fashion. They also led the open relay through 3/4 of the race before falling to 6th at the end.

The Italians were particularly strong on the female side, getting a win from Iris Menchini in the 14-15 5k and adding silver and bronzes from Giulia Berton and Giulia Salin in the 16-17 7.5k. They also took bronze in both relays.

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1.United States 2 2 1 5
2.France 2 1 0 3
3.Russia 1 2 1 4
4.Italy 1 1 3 5
4.Hungary 1 1 3 5
6.Spain 1 0 0 1
7.Peru 0 1 0 1

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mike in dallas

TEAM USA comes through on the last day with great performances in the relays, as I thought they would.
This makes the next two years even more exciting for the expansion of open water competitors in the USA!

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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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