Ashley Twichell

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Ashley Twichell: Distance Freestyle/Open Water

Personal and Youth Swimming:

Ashley Twichell was born on June 16, 1989 to parents Terry and Deirdre Twichell. She has two older brothers, Brandon and Ryan, and one older sister Carly. Twichell is a three-time letter winner for swimming at her high school, Fayetteville-Manlius High School. She broke school records in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles, and was an All-American selection in those events her senior year. In addition to her swimming accomplishments, Twichell was a member of the National Honor Society and made the Honor Roll all four years.

College Swimming:

Twichell swam for Duke University. Her freshman year, Twichell automatically qualified for the 2008 NCAA Championships in the 1650-yard freestyle, the first Duke swimmer in four years! At the 2008 NCAA Championships, Twichell took 16th place earning her Honorable Mention All-American Honors. Twichell also broke four individual school records her first season in the 200, 500, 1000, and 1650-yard freestyles. In addition to her swimming success, Twichell had great academic success, as she was named to the ACC All-Academic Team and the ACC Honor Roll.

Her sophomore year, Twichell became the first Duke woman to break the 16-minute mark in the 1650-yard freestyle with a 15:56.50 at the 2009 ACC Conference Championships. Her time also got her a first-place finish at ACC’s and an opportunity to race the event at the 2009 NCAA’s. Twichell broke her own school records from her freshman year in the 500, 1000, and 1650-yard freestyles. She finished off the year earning herself spots on the ACC Honor Roll and the ACC All-Academic Team.

Twichell’s junior year, she earned Honorable Mention All-American Honors for her 14th place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle (16:09.65) at the 2010 NCAA Championships. She also made the All-ACC team and the All-ACC Academic team.

Her final year at Duke, Twichell qualified for the 2011 NCAA Championships where she finished fifth in the 1650-yard freestyle with a 15:56.73 and earned All-American Honors.

National and International Swimming:

Twichell’s success in the distance events in college led her to Open Water swimming where her success only continues to grow. Twichell currently trains with the Mission Viejo Nadadores under head coach Bill Rose.

She was named to the 2011 World Championship Team for the 5K Open Water. Twichell was also named to the 2011 Pan-American Games Team. At the 2011 Pan-Ams, Twichell won silver in the 800-meter freestyle. In 2011, she also won the 5K and finished third in the 10K at the US Open Water Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. That year, Twichell was a member of the 5K Team that won gold at the FINA World Championships. She was named the 2011 Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming.

At the 2012 Open Water Nationals, Twichell won gold in the 5K and the 10K. In 2013 at the World University Games, Twichell won gold in the Open Water 10K. The next year, 2014, Twichell finished 6th in the 10K at the Open Water National Championships. Her consistently strong Open Water 10K performances earned Twichell a spot on the 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and most recently 2014-2015 US National Team Rosters.

2015 FINA World Championships

Twichell finished sixth in the 5K and ninth in the 25K at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

2016 Open Water Nationals

Twichell was the 10K champion and finished eighth in the 5K at 2016 Open Water Nationals.

2016 FINA World Championships

Twichell was the runnerup in the 800 freestyle at the 2016 FINA World Championships.

2017 FINA World Championships

Twichell won the gold medal in the 5K, the silver in the 5K Team Relay and finished 10 in the 10K at the 2017 FINA World Championships.

2017 Open Water Nationals

Twichell won the 10K title at the 2017 Open Water Nationals.

2018 Open Water Nationals

Twichell defended her 10K title at the 2018 Open Water nationals, winning in a time of 1:52.12.105.

2018 U.S. National Championships

Twichell won the 1500 freestyle (15:55.68) and finished eighth in the 800 freestyle (8:32.01) at the Phillips 66 National Championships.

-Originally developed by Elle Meinholz

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Gold 5000 Freestyle Relay 2011 World Championships
Bronze 5000 Open Water 2011 World Championships
Gold 5000 Open Water 2017 World Championships
Silver 5000 Freestyle Relay 2017 World Championships
Bronze 5000 Freestyle Relay 2019 World Championships
Silver 800 Free 2011 Pan American Championships
Silver 800 Free 2016 Short Course World Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 1000 Free 9:21.41 03/07/19 2019 Sectionals - Raleigh
Raleigh, North Carolina
scy 1650 Free 15:30.95 03/10/19 2019 Sectionals - Raleigh
Raleigh, North Carolina
lcm 800 Free 8:25.31 08/02/16 2016 U.S. Open Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota
lcm 1500 Free 15:54.19 07/23/19 2019 World Championships
Gwangju, South Korea
Ashley Twichell (photo: Mike Lewis) Ashley Twichell 400 free at the FINA Short Course Worlds Windsor, Canada (photo: Mike Lewis) Ashley Twichell, Mission Viego, distance freestyle, 2012 Charlotte Ultraswim (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, the swim pictures) Ashley Twichell (photo: Jack Spitser) Ashley Twichell open water start (photo: Mike Lewis)