Sunday’s Open Water National Races Bumped Up Due To High Temperatures

2018 U.S. OPEN WATER NATIONAL / JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Due to an anticipated rise in temperature in Tempe, Sunday’s Open Water National races have been moved up by USA Swimming. As reported yesterday, the temperature was expected to reach its highest of the weekend on Sunday at 106 degrees.

The national 5K events, originally scheduled for 8:00 am (men) and 8:05 (women), have been bumped up by half an hour to 7:30 and 7:35. The junior national 7.5K, consisting of swimmers aged 16 and 17, have been moved up from 11:00 and 11:05 to 9:30 and 9:35.

SCHEDULE CHANGES

  • Men’s National 5K: 8:00 -> 7:30 am
  • Women’s National 5K: 8:05 -> 7:35 am
  • Boys Junior National 7.5K: 11:00 -> 9:30 am
  • Girls Junior National 7.5K: 11:05 -> 9:35 am

Bumping up the 7.5K by an hour and a half will enable racing to be done around 11:00 am (compared to around 12:30 pm with the original schedule), ensuring the safety of the athletes with water temperature expected to rise as the afternoon progresses.

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About James Sutherland

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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