2018 U.S. OPEN WATER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Friday, May 4 – Sunday, May 6
- Town Lake, Tempe, Arizona
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- Men’s 10K full results
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.”
- Jordan Wilimovsky, Team Santa Monica, 1:47:14.718
- David Heron, Tennessee Aquatics, 1:47:27.713
- Michael Brinegar, Mission Viejo, 1:47:27.779
Note: Full results will be updated once available.
Quotes courtesy of USA Swimming.