Watch: Twichell Outtouches Bruni For National OW Title (Full Webcast)

Video courtesy USA Swimming, and recap courtesy Jared Anderson.

Ashley Twichell nipped Italy’s Rachele Bruni for the win in the 10K at U.S. Open Water Nationals.

Full women’s results

Twichell touched in 2:01:51.78 compared to Bruni’s 2:01:52.02.

Bruni took fourth at last summer’s World Championships in the 10K, and was part of a highly-decorated field of foreign athletes at U.S. Open Water Nationals.

Third-place finisher Ana Marcela Cunha (2:01:55.41) was the 10K bronze medalist and 25K gold medalist for Brazil at last summer’s World Championships. All three 10K medalists from last summer were in the field today: gold medalist Aurelie Muller of France led for part of the race but took 6th in 2:01:56.44, and silver medalist Sharon van Rouwendaal was 7th in 2:02:00.51 for the Netherlands.

American Olympic entrant Haley Anderson took 4th overall in 2:01:56.28. Anderson was the world champ in the 5K last summer and will be the only female open water entrant for the U.S. in Rio. She won the silver medal in the event in London in 2012.

You can check out the full finish order below, courtesy of a tweet from @USASwimLive:

women's ow nats 2016

 

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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