Americans Withdraw From 10k Open Water At WUGs Due To Conditions


USA Swimming has released a statement stating that they, along with the American coaches and the four swimmers slated to compete, have decided to withdraw their athletes from the 10k Open Water event at the World University Games being held in Taipei, Taiwan.

The statement cites high air and water temperatures as their reasoning. They go on to thank FISU and the local organizing committee for their planning of the event, and note that open water swimming has a number of variables and at the end of the day the safety of their swimmers is the #1 priority.

The swimmers slated to compete were Taylor AbbottDavid HeronKaty Campbell and Becca Mann.

Read the full statement below:

“Due to expected high air and water temperatures on race day, USA Swimming, the athletes and coaches came to a consensus that the four Americans scheduled to swim in the Aug. 2710-kilometer open water event at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei will not compete given the likely conditions.

 USA Swimming would like to thank FISU and the local organizing committee for their diligent work on developing an excellent course and safety plan for the event.

 As a sport, open water swimming presents a number of variables, including, in this instance, weather and water temperature. The safety of its athletes is USA Swimming’s No. 1 priority, and this decision was made after thorough examination of all available information.

 The four swimmers who qualified for the World University Games – Katy Campbell, Becca Mann, Taylor Abbott and David Heron – earned the right to represent Team USA on the international stage based on their performances at the 2017 Open Water National Championships, and USA Swimming will examine future international competitive opportunities for these athletes.”

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What was the temperature of the water and the air?


This mornings air temp forecast for 9am is 91, but feels like 104! Forecast is similar next two day with highs of 96, so not much chance of water cooling.
USA swimming cut off is 85 water temp, FINA’s is a couple of degrees higher.


So what is the water temp? Thanks


click on the blue dots. Its 85-86 around Tawain. Keep in mind the temperature flucuates 2-3degrees depending on the time of day/night


Here’s the site I go to: It says current water temperature for Taipei is 28C/82F. But it seems that temperatures shift around a bit according to highly localized rain or wind conditions so these could be off by several degrees. Anyone who has swum in the ocean or a large lake can attest to cold or warm water pockets.


The race is in the “Breeze Canal” in the city and this seems to be a small enclosed body of water and not very deep so not sure general sea temps would reflect temp of water at race site.


Yeah they would most likely be a lot warmer. You have to wonder who planned this event and why aren’t the temperatures published and made available for competitors and coaches to see In the lead up to the race


I had heard water temp 85 and 86 from two unofficial measurements late last week and weekend.

Ex Quaker

Given what happened with Fran Crippen many years back, this could be understandable. I’d like to know the conditions and if any other countries have considered a similar decision.


Fair & square

E Gamble

There is nothing fun about swimming in hot water. ?

Cameron Wallace

Precisely. A 200 free, at that…let alone a 10K ?

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James Sutherland

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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