West Coast Open Water Championships
- Oct 17-18, 2020
- Lake Las Vegas, Henderson NV
- Hosted by Sandpipers of Nevada
The country’s biggest open water event of the year is set to kick off on Saturday in Nevada. Some of the top names across the country will be competing at the West Coast OW Championships, hosted by the Sandpipers of Nevada.
Wilimovsky, who represented the US at the 2016 Olympic Games in the 10k open water event and the 1500m freestyle, is already qualified to go to his second Olympics in 2021 via a 5th place finish in the 10k at the World Championships last year.
Smith just began his junior year at the University of Florida. At the SEC Championships last February, Smith shattered the American record in the 500 yard freestyle, putting up a time of 4:06.32. Although he typically does not focus on open water, Smith will still be a touch competitor given his recent successes in the pool.
Both men will also be challenged by Smith’s Florida teammate Brennan Gravley, who represented the United States at the 2019 World Championships in both the 5k and 25k.
Anderson is a two-time Olympian, having competed at the Olympic Games in both 2012 and 2016. In London, she won a silver medal in the 10k open water event, which she repeated at last summer’s World Championships. As a result of that finish, Anderson is already qualified for the 2021 Olympics in the 10k event.
Like Anderson, Twitchell is also already qualified to compete in Tokyo after finishing 6th in the 10k event at the World Championships. Over the years, Twitchell has accumulated 5 World Championships medals, including an individual gold in the 5k in 2017.
Sullivan has also enjoyed her successes both in and out of the pool. The Texas commit finished 3rd in the 1500m freestyle at the 2018 National Championships to join Team USA as a member of the Pan Pac team. That year, she also won the national title in the open water 5k event. In the pool, Sullivan is also owns the 2nd fastest mile time in history (15:23.81), only behind Katie Ledecky.
Looking to break up the trio will be 2018 FINA Open Water World Junior Championship 10k gold medalist Chase Travis, who just began her first season at Virginia Tech.
The elite women’s 5k will feature Sullivan, Travis, and NAG holder Claire Tuggle, while the men’s event will feature Smith and Gravley.