Jordan Wilimovsky Defends National 10K Title In Tempe

2018 U.S. OPEN WATER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Just as Ashley Twichell did on the women’s side, Jordan Wilimovsky successfully defended his Open Water National title today in the men’s 10K, putting up a time of 1:47:14.718.

“It was a fun race”, said Wilimovsky. “This was the first time we swam at this course, so I was trying to get used to the course lines and just tried to stay relaxed the first half of the race, then build into the second half and make sure I had enough in the legs for the last thousand.”

Wilimovsky and runner-up David Heron (1:47:27.713) join Twichell and women’s 2nd place finisher Haley Anderson on the U.S. Pan Pac roster. Heron won the national 5K last year, but was only 11th in the 10K. Two additional spots will be available for both men and women on the Pan Pac roster May 31st at French Nationals.

Midway through the race a lead pack formed as Taylor Abbott and Heron charged to the lead, with Michael Brinegar sitting in 3rd. However, towards the end of lap five (out of six), Wilimovsky took over and ultimately pulled away for the win. The battle for 2nd and the last spot on the Pan Pac team turned into an all-out sprint coming down the stretch, as Heron and Abbott required a photo finish to determine who was the runner-up. Heron ultimately got the edge by just six one-hundredths of a second.

On his close finish with Brinegar, Herron said: “I expected it to come down pretty closely. I did pick it up halfway through the race to try to spread out the group. When Jordan was leading I was hoping we’d spread it out even more, which we did, but Brinegar stayed with us and he was a lot faster at the finish than I was expecting … I’m usually pretty good at finishes. I’ve been practicing that a lot at Tennessee, so it worked out.”

Top 3

  1. Jordan Wilimovsky, Team Santa Monica, 1:47:14.718
  2. David Heron, Tennessee Aquatics, 1:47:27.713
  3. Michael Brinegar, Mission Viejo, 1:47:27.779

Note: Full results will be updated once available.

Quotes courtesy of USA Swimming.

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Bon Jovi

close race for second

SinkorSwim

Epic race for top three- no Virginia?

Bernard

Virginia 4th.

Bernard

The Virginia boy, Casey, I believe was the only one of this crew who competed in Minnesota. Check me if I’m wrong.

Andy

Another year, another terrible livestream production by USA Swimming

tammy touchpad error

I went last year to go watch. I’m 100% certain it is better on less than stellar livestream than what you can see from the beach… I shoulda brought binoculars.

KDSwim

This year was much better for spectators. If you could walk fast enough to keep up with the swimmers you could be about 20’ from them for about most of one side of the loop. The far side was also much closer than past few years.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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