David Heron Wins Photo Finish With Andrew Gemmell In Men’s National 5K


The men’s 5K was the sixth and final race of the open water national weekend in Castaic Lake, California, and just like the women’s race, it was another tight sprint to the line.

David Heron from the University of Tennessee swam at the front the entire race, ultimately winning a photo finish with 2012 Olympian Andrew Gemmell.

They were side-by-side coming down the final straightaway, with Heron out-touching the Nation’s Capital swimmer by three tenths, 57:25.75 to 57:26.08.

Check out the finish via USA Swimming below:

Heron, who competed at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, has booked his ticket to Budapest this summer after the win. In Kazan he placed 6th in the 5K and 10th in the 25K. This is his second 5K national title after winning back in 2012. Gemmell qualifies for the fourth World Championship team of his career and first since 2013.

The British duo of Caleb Hughes and Toby Robinson took 3rd and 4th overall two seconds behind Gemmell, and Canada’s Eric Hedlin was just behind them for 5th.

Notably, Friday’s 10K winner Jordan Wilimovsky was a DNS in the race, as was Great Britain’s Jack Burnell who was DQed in the 10K. Friday’s runner-up Brendan Casey placed 13th.

Check out today’s top ten:

  1. David Heron, University of Tennessee 57:25.75
  2. Andrew Gemmell, Nation’s Capital 57:26.08
  3. Caleb Hughes, GBR, 57:28.35
  4. Toby Robinson, GBR, 57:28.88
  5. Eric Hedlin, CAN, 57:29.04
  6. Taylor Abbott, University of Tennessee, 57:35.32
  7. Michael Brinegar, Mission Viejo, 57:38.02
  8. Chip Peterson, North Carolina, 57:39.48
  9. Chris Yeager, Nitro, 57:39.82
  10. Aaron Apel, Scottsdale, 57:40.49

Check out full results here. Full video below:



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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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