Ashley Twichell and Ferry Weertman Win 10K’s at Open Water Festival

The Open Water Festival 10k race took place in Miromar Lakes, FL today, with some of the top domestic and international open water swimmers competing.

For the women, a tight finish between six swimmers gave way to USA’s Ashley Twichell for the win. Click on the picture below for the full results.

Touching at 2:01:51.78, Twichell edged ahead of Rachele Bruni of Italy (2:01:52.02) by mere tenths in the two-hour-long race.

3rd thru 6th were also incredibly tight, with Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha touching at 2:01:55.41 ahead of three other swimmers clumped together. USA’s Haley Anderson (2:01:56.28), Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto (2:01:56.43) and France’s Aurélie Muller (2:01:56.44) went 4th, 5th and 6th, respectively. Okimoto and Muller were separated by just one hundredth at the finish. Click below to see full results.


It looked to be a victory for Andrew Gemmell in the men’s race, but he was later DQ’d for an undisclosed reason. The winner turned out to be Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands in another incredibly close finish. He touched in 1:53:55.11 barely ahead of Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli (1:53:55.57).

With Gemmell’s DQ, Alec Meyer of Tennessee Aquatics was the top American finisher, with his time of 1:53:57.40 proving to be good enough for third. France’s Marc Antoine Olivier touched in fourth with a time of 1:53:58.94, the last finisher under 1:54:00.00 in the competition. Click below to see full results.


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I was watching the feed and it was announced that the dq was the result of finishing with one but not both timing chips.


not so fast….Gemmell won second appeal Congrats Andrew, National Champion!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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