Katie Grimes Wins Third Straight U.S. Open Water National Title In Women’s 10km

2024 U.S. Open Water National Championships

Katie Grimes continued her reign as the best female open water swimmer in the United States, winning the national title in the women’s 10km for the third straight year.

Grimes and Sandpipers of Nevada teammate Claire Weinstein established an early lead, and Grimes pulled ahead on the second-to-last lap before finishing first in a time of 1:58:18.

Weinstein was the runner-up, four seconds back in 1:58:22, while Mariah Denigan rounded out the podium in 1:58:38.

No one else in the field was under two hours. Japan’s Ichika Kajimoto was 4th, edging out Ashley Wall (nee Twichell).

Women’s 10km Results

  1. Katie Grimes (Sandpipers of Nevada), 1:58:18
  2. Claire Weinstein (Sandpipers of Nevada), 1:58:22
  3. Mariah Denigan (Indiana University), 1:58:38
  4. Ichika Kajimoto (Japna), 2:00:34
  5. Ashley Wall (TAC Titans), 2:00:36
  6. Brooke Travis (NC State University), 2:01:12
  7. Anna Auld (University of Florida), 2:03:45
  8. Ella Dyson (Rice Aquatics), 2:03:51
  9. Sianna Savarda (Sandpipers of Nevada), 2:03:53
  10. Claire Stuhlmacher (NOVA of Virginia Aquatics Inc.), 2:04:16

Olympic qualifying opportunities aren’t on the line for the Americans in Sarasota, but there are U.S. National and Junior National Open Water Team slots up for grabs, along with selection for the 2024 Open Water World Junior Championships.

Grimes, 18, became the first American athlete in any sport to qualify for the Paris Olympics last summer when she won bronze in the women’s 10km at the 2023 World Championships. Two weeks later, she won silver in the women’s 400 IM during the pool competition in Fukuoka.

Grimes also competed in the 10km at the 2024 World Championships in Doha, placing 15th.

Denigan was 8th in the 10km in Fukuoka, and then placed 6th in Doha to solidify her spot at the Paris Olympics.

The men’s 10km also ran on Friday, with Frenchman Axel Reymond placing first and Ivan Puskovitch the top American in second, and the competition will run through the weekend with the Junior National 5km on Saturday and the National 5km and Junior National 7.5km on Sunday.

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Octavio Gupta
1 month ago

Scary in the pool
A star in open water
Katie is a stud

Alex Wilson
1 month ago

I note that according to the chip time there is a tie for 2nd in the mens race! Very much a photo finish! 1 Axel Reymond France 1:53:20 2 Ivan Puskovitch TSM Aquatics 1:53:21 3 Dylan Gravely Sun Devil Swimming 1:53:21 4 Trey Dickey Texas A & M University 1:53:29

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 month ago

Speaking of Katie Grimes, when is she going to announce her plans to attend the University of Florida? “Coach” Katie Ledecky is willing to provide a swimming education for the next four years. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.

Last edited 1 month ago by Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Go Blue
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 month ago

Relay Guy is overreaching as usual.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Go Blue
1 month ago

it makes me want to diiiiieeeeee

Greg P
Reply to  Go Blue
1 month ago

It’s unbelievable how one person can churn out so many bad takes after bad takes every day!

Smglsn12
Reply to  Greg P
1 month ago

Bad takes are actually kinda easy tbh

Provided they’re on purpose 😂

Last edited 1 month ago by Smglsn12
Geez
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 month ago

Don’t think she likes UF

CuriousGeorge
1 month ago

Has she committed to a school? Is she going pro?

MonkeyTrainer
Reply to  CuriousGeorge
1 month ago

Seems to be doing ok without one.

CuriousGeorge
Reply to  MonkeyTrainer
1 month ago

At least for now 😉

MonkeyTrainer
Reply to  CuriousGeorge
1 month ago

She seems to be doing fine without one.

Ted Shackelford
Reply to  CuriousGeorge
1 month ago

She seems to be doing ok without one.

Octavio Gupta
Reply to  CuriousGeorge
1 month ago

It seems she’s OK without one

Aquatics
1 month ago

What a finish in the Men’s 10K!

Chas
1 month ago

Kudos to competitors in both races this morning. Live stream with informed commentary and drones made an enjoyable spectator event, i.e. telling us about the cable uw found by some athletes – Grimes – but not others.

Since there is little liklihood of a preview article, I noticed a ‘storyline’ in tomorrow afternoon’s 15-u 5K women’s race, the 13-14 50m NAG record holder is entered.

Winter Apple
Reply to  Chas
1 month ago

Two downvotes weird, I enjoyed the stream as well.

She does have trials in the 400 and 400 IM so def has some aerobic level as well.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Winter Apple
1 month ago

Aerobic conditioning is not the issue in the 400 FR but pacing.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 month ago

Congratulations to Katie, Claire, Mariah!

Six weeks to recover for the 2024 USA Swimming Olympic Team Trials.

Go Blue
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 month ago

This was a recovery swim.

About James Sutherland

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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