Erica Sullivan Claims National Open Water 5K Title With Decisive Win


Erica Sullivan from the Sandpipers of Nevada followed up an impressive 3rd place finish in the Open Water National 10K on Friday with a national title in the 5K on Sunday, winning in impressive fashion as she led wire-to-wire. The 17-year-old, who won the Junior National 5K last year, opened up an early lead and maintained a 30 second advantage over the field heading into the final lap. She cruised to the victory in a time of 58:18.168.

On finding herself with a big lead early on in the race, Sullivan said “At that point in this sport you have to learn to adjust really quickly. As soon as I realized I was alone I just kind of switched gears a little bit and was like, ‘well, this is a new game plan let’s roll with it and see what happens'”.

Hannah Moore of the Wolfpack Elite locked down the runner-up spot in a time of 58:42.418, with youngster Mariah Denigan of the Northern KY Clippers 3rd in 58:53.438. That swim finished off a very impressive three days of competition for Denigan, just 14, as she placed 10th in the National 10K on Friday, won the Junior National 5K on Saturday, and then took 3rd here.

Top 5

  1. Erica Sullivan, Sandpipers of Nevada, 58:18.168
  2. Hannah Moore, Wolfpack Elite, 58:42.418
  3. Mariah Denigan, Northern KY Clippers, 58:53.438
  4. Kensey McMahon, Bolles School Sharks, 59:08.653
  5. Becca Mann, Unattached, 59:14.368

Full results of the women’s 5K can be found here.

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2 years ago


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2 years ago

Great job Erica!!!

Swim mom
2 years ago

What’s going on with Becca Mann? Unattached?

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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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