Jordan Wilimovsky Repeats As National Champion In The Men’s Open Water 10K

The Open Water National Championships are taking place this weekend in Miromar Lakes, FL off the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University. The weather for the event is just about perfect. During the women’s race, the air temperature was around 75 degrees and overcast, with a little humidity. There was no wind, no sun, and the water temperature was 80-81 degree. It heated up a little during the men’s race, but it was still very manageable.

Jordan Wilimovsky got his hand on the pad first to win for the second year in a row, defending his national title with his time of 1:54.27. He will earn another trip to the FINA World Championships. The second swimmer going to Kazaan as a member of the open water team is Sean Ryan. He touched out Olympian Alex Meyer by .006 of a second! David Heron officially reached in for fourth.

Full results from the men’s 10K by clicking here. 

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Dave K

This was Jordan’s first National title. He was second last year. In 2012 at the same venue as a senior in high school he led for 9k then was ran over to finish 9th. The effort was good enough to qualify for the usa junior team and go on to win the USA’s only World Junior medals in the open water the day after breaking the (still standing) junior national record in the 1500 in the pool. Much better racing today. Well done Jordan.


How is it possible for a 10K open water swimming medal to be decided by 0.006 when the smallest margin a 50 meter pool medal can be won is 0.01? I’m honestly asking a question here, not criticizing the article or being sarcastic, by the way.


A 10K swim-off would be far more reasonable than deciding the winner down to the thousandth.


I asked a sincere question: how was the result of this race decided within 0.006. As I remember it, deciding the result of Micharl Phelps’ 100 fly race at the Beijing Olympics to 0.01 involved examination of photographic evidence that determined Cavic actually touched first but Phelps pressed the touch pad with enough force to stop the timing system first. I have also read that the reason Olympic swimming races are decided to 0.01 is that if touch pads were made any more sensitive than they are turbulance in the water could set them off. For that matter, if it is possible to decide races to 0.001 accurately, why do we EVER need to have swim-offs? I’ll bet the chance… Read more »


It’s called a sense of humor!


I would call it making jokes by ridiculing others and rudeness. Perhaps you already know the answer to my question. I don’t. That’s why I asked. As far as I’m concerned it wasn’t a stupid question, and I don’t deserve to be treated like I’m stupid because I came here with a desire to learn and understand.


I’m going to level with you here, DanJohnRob. Racer’s comment was sarcastic, but I don’t think he meant it to be insulting or ridiculing you. It’s just a joke about a 10k swim off. While it is technically fun at your expense and thus you have the right to be offended, this really doesn’t seem like it’s worth your time to get worked up over.


Sven, Thank you for your objecive opinion and advice. I respect you based upon numerous comments I’ve read from you. I don’t know much about open water swimming either. Out of a desire to learn more, this is the second article today under which I posted a question, and the first response to each was a snarky remark. The problem with getting sarcastic responses is that, as a result of them, people ignore the question you asked; it’s as if the question is rendered invalid because it was ridiculed. I STILL think it’s a good question: why can an open water race be decided to the 0.001 when a pool race can only be decided to 0.01? Because I persisted… Read more »


Seriously, though, I think the answer does have to do with the swim off aspect. I’m not sure if it’s that the touch pads *can’t* go to .001 or if manufacturers just don’t make them that way because that just isn’t FINA’s policy yet. I’m not an expert on touchpads, but regardless of what pressure threshold you set, the timer should be able to give you an exact time to the specified decimal place as long as that pressure threshold is exceeded. Also, even if I’m wrong on that, I seem to remember the touchpad being posted above the water so that the swimmers can finish and then get out of the way, to avoid an absurd and dangerous logjam… Read more »


DANJOHNROB, I was actually doing some research prior to your most recent post. I believe that you asked a very legitimate question. The capability exists at pretty much any facility to time to the 1000th of a second, at least those using Colorado Timing Systems. I can’t speak to Daktronics or other brands but I assume they have similar capabilities. Timing is limited to the 100th of a second due to USA Swimming rules. Specifically, 102.24.1.B states that “All timing systems, including manual watches, shall have a resolution of one one-hundredth of a second (0.01 second). Times from all systems shall be recorded to hundredths of a second. The digits representing thousandths shall be dropped with no rounding.” I cannot… Read more »


Thank you for making the effort to find an answer! I guess I should read the rulebook and articles about automatic timing systems to do research on the topic.


Well, I’m an Admin Official and was a swim meet operator, so I kind of had to know this stuff. 🙂 And to be clear, when I mentioned that 702.6.3 would now apply, I was referring to the official time being reported in the 10ths of seconds. As others have mentioned, I do believe that the manual review and (high speed) video provisions would apply.


danjohnrob – maybe a photo finish picture might help…


Thank you! I sincerely appreciate your response.

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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