Castaic Lake chosen as new host for Open Water Nationals

  13 Jared Anderson | December 31st, 2013 | National, News, Open Water

Castaic Lake in southern California will be the new host for Open Water Nationals, USA Swimming announced today after making the decision last week to move the event away from Wrightsville Beach, the original host.

Wrightsville was nixed after tidal changes caused a safety concern. It would have been one of the first saltwater venues for nationals in several years. Castaic Lake will provide another freshwater event, which will take place June 13 and 15, 2014. The lake is near the town of Castaic, north of Los Angeles.

Castaic Lake hosted this meet last year as well, and faced a splash of drama when a buoy anchor came loose mid-race, prompting a protest of the official results.

Open Water Nationals will serve as a selection meet for a multitude of international competitions and national teams including the following:

  • Open Water Pan Pacific Championships Team
  • Open Water Junior Pan Pacific Championships Team
  • FINA World Junior Open Water Championships Team
  • USA Swimming Open Water National Team
  • USA Swimming Open Water National Junior Team

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Yet still no time standards. Over 100 people work for USA Swimming, and they don’t have time standards for a selection swim that is 6 months away.


A google search brought up the following 2014 standards which look official. They seem fast compared to prior non-Olympic years – anyone know if they are accurate?:

Canyons Aquatic Club is proud to be able to help USA Swimming, in relocating the open water venue and will do our best to top the success of last year’s event. We are working on hotel and other logistic information and will have it posted to our web site ( and USA Swimming within a few days. As for the wildcards such as Earth, Wind and Fire. We have moved earth to accommodate the event, we cannot control the wind, (but we can double tether our buoys) and as for fire – we have the world’s best fire fighters here in Southern California providing us a safe competition environment. I cannot think of a better open water venue with more… Read more »

Given that it has been on the East Coast 3 out of the previous 5 years I don’t think that is a valid complaint.

I cannot speak for others, but my lack of willingness to go to Castaic Lake again is just that. I don’t mind another West Coast venue, just not the exact same one the athletes swam in twice (10K and 5K) last year.


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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career sixteen years and running wasn’t enough for this native Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for, covering swimming at every …

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