USA Swimming Open Water Nationals 10K Photo Vault

Got get those numbers.  Ashley Twichell getting her pre-race marks on

Got get those numbers. Ashley Twichell getting her pre-race marks on

Eva Fabian is true to her Yale mascot - bringing a Bulldog's determination to the race

Eva Fabian is true to her Yale mascot – bringing a Bulldog’s determination to
the race

Before they compete Emily Brunemann helps Christine Jennings get suited up.

Before they compete Emily Brunemann helps Christine Jennings get suited up.

Knowing it can all come down to the touch - swimmers practice at the finish line

Knowing it can all come down to the touch – swimmers practice at the finish line

Alex Meyer stands out as one of two Olympians in the field and emerges at the 2013 10K national champion

Alex Meyer stands out as one of two Olympians in the field and emerges at the 2013 10K national champion

The men's field was tight for a bit during the early stages of the race

The men’s field was tight for a bit during the early stages of the race

Sean Ryan leads a large pack on the back stretch on the first lap

Sean Ryan leads a large pack on the back stretch on the first lap

It takes a lot of determination around the turns and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson charges inside on this turn

It takes a lot of determination around the turns and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson charges inside on this turn

Taking a tight line worked for Anderson as Eva Fabian gets push outside around the turn

Taking a tight line worked for Anderson as Eva Fabian gets push outside around the turn

Alex Meyer looked very smooth during most of the race

Alex Meyer looked very smooth during most of the race

working it agains the headwind

working it agains the headwind

side by side push up the back stretch

side by side push up the back stretch

Like the 2012 nationals, Andrew Gemmell used his expertise to stay in the strick zone amongst the pack

Like the 2012 nationals, Andrew Gemmell used his expertise to stay in the strike zone amongst the pack

Sean Ryan spent a lot of time in front

Andrew Gemmell took the bronze in the 10k and turned it gold in the 5K

Haley Anderson had burst of speed around the far buoys

Haley Anderson had burst of speed around the far buoys

It may not have been the finish she wanted, but Ashley Twichell showed tremendous strength and tact in the very close women's race

It may not have been the finish she wanted, but Ashley Twichell showed tremendous strength and tact in the very close women’s race

At times it was amazing how easy Sean Ryan made it look

At times it was amazing how easy Sean Ryan made it look

Joey Pedraza kept fighting but had a hard time closing in on the lead pack of three late in the race

Joey Pedraza kept fighting but had a hard time closing in on the lead pack of three late in the race

Christine Jennings is always tough and her training in Boulder certainly helped her close the deal at the end of the race

Christine Jennings is always tough and her training in Boulder certainly helped her close the deal at the end of the race

Emily Brunemann was remarkable in pushing the pace around the final buoy

Emily Brunemann was remarkable in pushing the pace around the final buoy

Eva Fabian always composed pounded away and held the lead most of the race

Eva Fabian always composed pounded away and held the lead most of the race

It's alway hard at the end, but Eva Fabian's strength was unfettered

It’s alway hard at the end, but Eva Fabian’s strength was unfettered

Coaching legend John Urbancheck

Coaching legend John Urbancheck

 

Mission Viejo Nadadores Coach Bill Rose always has a smile and sage advice for his athletes

Mission Viejo Nadadores Coach Bill Rose always has a smile and sage advice for his athletes

 

Open water legends Paul Asmuth and Steve Munatones have made incredible contributions to the sport

Open water greats Paul Asmuth and Steve Munatones have made incredible contributions to the sport

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Jean Michel

Thanks Mike for the great pictures ! Open water is really some special animal in the swimming area . i enyojed watching the end of the race of the Mens 10 K .
Very nice idea to have a swimming vault for those great athletes .

Thanks Jean Michel. These are great swimmers and this year’s nationals showcased their talent.

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