Wrightsville Beach to Host 2014 USA Swimming Open Water Nationals

USA Swimming today announced that Wrightsville Beach, N.C., will host the 2014 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships on June 13 and 15, 2014.

The 10-kilometer national championship will be contested June 13, followed by the 5K on June 15. The Sandhills Sandsharks swim team and the North Carolina Swimming LSC will serve as hosts for the meet.

Featuring the nation’s top open water swimmers, this event will serve as the selection meet for the following teams and international competitions:

  • ·         Open Water Pan Pacific Championships Team
  • ·         Open Water Junior Pan Pacific Championships Team
  • ·         FINA World Junior Open Water Championships Team
  • ·         USA Swimming Open Water National Team
  • ·         USA Swimming Open Water National Junior Team

The official selection criteria for these events and 2014 Open Water Nationals meet information will be posted on the USA Swimming website in early 2014.

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As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.

This release was provided to SwimSwam courtesy of USA Swimming.

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How come in sharky waters?


The recent 18 foot Great White spotted was pretty far out on Wrightsville Beach, presumably farther out than the race will be. North Carolina has had only 1 fatality since 2001 of the 29 attacks since then.


Having said that, the bulls and tigers among other shark species do regularly come into the shallows in this area.

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