2019 U.S. OPEN WATER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- May 3rd-5th, 2019
- Miami Marine Stadium, Miami, Florida
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- Full Women’s 10K Results
In what was a tightly contested race through all six laps, Brazilian Ana Marcela Cunha came away with the victory in the women’s 10K at the U.S. Open Water National Championships in Miami.
Cunha was up at the front of the lead pack throughout, along with a large group that was originally 13 and tailed off to 11 prior to the halfway mark. She held the slight lead ahead of Haley Anderson and Erica Sullivan heading into the final lap, and after no one was able to break away down the stretch, it was a wild sprint between five swimmers down the finishing chute.
In the end, it was Cunha barely holding off American Ashley Twichell for the win, with Anderson touching third and Sullivan fourth.
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Hannah Moore of Wolfpack Elite was up with this lead pack as well, but was given her second yellow flag on the fifth lap and thus disqualified. Officials were unable to get her attention during the race, so she finished before finding out about the DQ. An official protest was filed, but the disqualification was upheld.
- Ana Marcela Cunha, Brazil, 2:00:00.17
- Ashley Twichell, Tac Titans, 2:00:00.67
- Haley Anderson, Trojan Swim Club, 2:00:01.10
- Erica Sullivan, Sandpipers of Nevada, 2:00:06.00
- Katy Campbell, Team Santa Monica, 2:00:13.55
- Becca Mann, Unattached, 2:00:14.65
- Mariah Denigan, Northern KY Clippers, 2:00:45.38
- Kensey McMahon, University of Alabama Swim Club, 2:01:10.10
- Chase Travis, Nation’s Capital Swim Club, 2:01:58.07
- Brooke Travis, Nation’s Capital Swim Club, 2:02:16.93
Since Cunha is Brazilian, Twichell will be named the National Champion, giving her three straight victories. Cunha is a nine-time World Championship medalist, including three gold that all came in the 25K event (2011, 2015, 2017).
As the top two Americans, Twichell and Anderson both qualify for the U.S. World Championship team in this event, just as they did in 2017. In the 10K in Budapest, Anderson was sixth and Twichell tenth.