Wilimovsky, Anderson Sweep Pan Pacs 10K Open Water Golds

2018 PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS – OPEN WATER

Jordan Wilimovsky won his third medal of 2018 Pan Pacs with a hard-fought 10K open water victory, while Haley Anderson battled back over the final lap to win the women’s event. Results have not been officially uploaded to the Seiko page, but race video on social media shows the unofficial medalists, barring any unforeseen changes.

In the men’s race, 20-year-old Taylor Abbott of the United States jumped out to an early lead, pacing the field for the first three laps of the five-lap showdown. Canada’s Eric Hedlin led a tight pack behind Abbott. Over the course of the fourth lap, Wilimovsky, the 2015 world champ and 2017 world runner-up, made his move, pushing past Abbott, with Hedlin also going by and remaining in second place by the end of the lap.

Wilimovsky and Hedlin battled side-by-side over the final lap, with Wilimovsky ultimately taking home the gold and Hedlin the silver. For Wilimovsky, that’s the second gold and third overall medal he’s won this meet, after winning the 1500 in the pool and taking silver in the 800. Australia’s Nick Sloman came home third, beating out a few other men in a very tight finish.

USA Swimming tweeted footage of the finish:

As for the women’s race, it was also an American who set the early pace: 2017 5K world champ Ashley Twichell. The 29-year-old Twichell led for the first two laps with a crowd on her tail, but gave up the lead to Australia’s Kareena Lee during lap 3. During that lap, both Australians made a run, with Chelsea Gubecka sitting third by the end of the lap after Lee and Twichell.

But in the fourth lap, Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha took over, roaring to about a two-and-a-half second lead with one lap remaining. Cunha is a highly-decorated open water swimmer, but all three of her World Championships golds have come in the 25K. She’s a three-time champion of the FINA Marathon Swim World Series (previously known as the 10K Marathon World Cup), winning the series in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Anderson was third at that point, but rolled past Lee and Cunha over the final lap. The patient, veteran swim marks the second-straight Pan Pacs 10K gold for the 26-year-old Anderson. She won this event in 2014.

Lee would also pass Cunha for second place in a frantic final lap of movement atop the field. Cunha hung on for bronze. USA Swimming also tweeted that finish:

Medalists

Men:

Full men’s results

Women:

Full women’s results

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Superfan
3 years ago

Complete results link? Thanks!

Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger
Reply to  Superfan
3 years ago

Have you tried the red words at the very top that say “Results”?

Big Buldge
3 years ago

Wilimovsky a BEAST

Catherine
3 years ago

Eric Hedlin is AMAZING.

kdswim
3 years ago

USA does not have much depth here. Heron, Abbott and Brinegar have all swapped positions in the 3 OW water event series (OW Nationals, France, Pan Pacs). Jordan did not compete in France, but dominated by a minute in other two races. Interesting that Jordan did not go to France, so based on finish points in all 3 events (OW USA money determined by this) I believe Heron is first, Brinegar is 2nd and Abbott is 3rd for USA award/funding money (although Jordan has pool money). Some work to do to get the 2nd US swimmer into top 12 (if that is still number) for Worlds next year, which is what gets to Olympics in first round (and likely only… Read more »

HoosierEli
Reply to  kdswim
3 years ago

Jordan won Nationals by 14 seconds, with Heron and Brinegar basically dead even for second. In France, Brinegar finished 8th overall, and less than two seconds out of second (which was the 2016 Gold Medalist). Herron is 22. Abbott is 20 and Brinegar is just 18. They are learning and any of the three will give the USA a good second to Jordan.

kdswim
Reply to  HoosierEli
3 years ago

You are correct on Jordan’s time, I should have looked closer at Jordan’s win times as a “minute” was clearly an exaggeration/feeling , as here with somewhat of a race with Hedlin, he was only 35 seconds over Heron. But once you have a solid lead in OW you just need to maintain it as there is no record… Also true it is hard to judge France as Heron who was way back had less on the line, but Brinegar and Abbott just behind him, by 2 or 3 seconds, were fighting for a spot at Pan Pacs.

kdswim
Reply to  HoosierEli
3 years ago

Just a second comment on “learning”. What learning will occur between now and May as far as OW meets? Maybe one International event in the fall for the college swimmers on the National team (Casey and Gravely included… although not sure if Gravely is even in college yet next year…). Heron is done with college swimming so he has best chance for more international swims, but he is also far more experienced in international OW swimming than the others.

HoosierEli
Reply to  kdswim
3 years ago

Brinegar has FINA Open Water Jr Worlds next month with other 18&U. There will be good OW competition as Fontaine from France participated in OW Worlds last summer and Euro OW Championship just last week.

kdswim
Reply to  HoosierEli
3 years ago

Brinegar is clearly the one to see if he can gain enough experience. He is faster in the pool than Heron and Abbott. Abbott has done FINA Open Water Jr. Worlds in 2014(gold) and 2016. Brinegar went in 2016 also. USA just does not have many events for OW swimmers funded, so unless pro (like Gemmell, , Meyer, Peterson were) hard to get to many meets. There really are not (Fran Crippen in FL maybe (slightly) being the exception) meets in US to gain experience with top competitors. But evidently Jordan does not really do many open water meets in a year, so there is that…

masters swimmer
3 years ago

Awesome!!!! Congrats to Haley Anderson and Jordan Willomsky. Big day for USA

TheyMoveSlowSlow
3 years ago

Open Water is still a thing?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  TheyMoveSlowSlow
3 years ago

of course , In Europe too !!!

fit2swim
Reply to  TheyMoveSlowSlow
3 years ago

More of a thing than you’ll ever be

PPKL
3 years ago

Ashley twichell and Hannah Moore fourth and fifth overall for USA!!!!! Congratulations!!

torchbearer
3 years ago

Interesting, despite being the top two swim nations- USA and AUS don’t have the strongest pedigree in world Champ and Olympic Open water Swimming….

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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