Team Santa Monica distance stars Jordan Wilimovsky and Brendan Casey and are both taking a redshirt year to train at home with their club coach, Dave Kelsheimer, in preparation for the 2016 US Olympic Team Trials.
- See the SwimSwam interview with Wilimovsky and Casey
- See the SwimSwam interview with TSM head coach Kelsheimer
Wilimovsky is coming off his junior year at Northwestern University, where he placed third in the 1650 yard freestyle at 2015 NCAA Championships (14:36.64); he swam his fastest-ever mile at the 2015 B1G Championships (14:33.50). In April Wilimovsky was crowned National 10K Champion at USA Swimming’s 2015 Open Water National Championships, thus qualifying for the 2015 FINA World Championships.
Last summer, Wilimovsky took second in the 10K at 2014 Open Water Nationals to earn a bid to the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. He followed that up with a bronze medal in the 1500m free at 2014 Phillips 66 Nationals. In 2013 Wilimovsky qualified for FINA World Championships with a fourth-place finish in the 10K at 2013 Open Water Nationals. The previous summer he was runner-up in the 5K at 2012 Open Water Nationals and won the 1500m free at 2012 Junior Nationals, setting the meet record in the process (15:23.01)
Wilimovsky’s times progression over this quadrennial has been as follows:
|5K open water||—||55:34.570||57:23.24||57:53.977|
|10K open water||1:54:27.93||1:50:49.364||1:56:06.471||1:58:45.297|
Casey finished his freshman year at University of Virginia, where he dropped nearly 27 seconds in the 1650 to place fifth at the 2015 ACC Championships
A member of USA Swimming’s National Junior Team, Casey representing the Red, White, and Blue at 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, competing in the 800m free, 1500m free, and 200m back.
Casey, too, has seen some impressive time drops over the last four years:
|5K open water||57:51.19||55:42.747||57:25.14||59:14.399|
|10K open water||2:00:27.22||1:53:42.446||—||—|