SWIMMING Preview: Pan American team spots on the line at Open Water Nationals in Miami

World Open Water champion Jordan Wilimovsky (USA)

USA Swimming’s Open Water Nationals are on for this weekend at the Miami Marine Stadium, with racing on three days:

3 May: 10 km National Championships
4 May: 5 km National Junior Champions (16 and under)
5 May: 5 km National Championships

The U.S. Pan American Team will be selected from the results of this event; the top two finishers in the 10 km race will be selected to swim in Lima (PER) this summer. In the two national championships held since the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the top U.S. finishers were:

Men:
● Jordan Wilimovsky: 2017-18 U.S. 10 km champion
● David Heron: 2018 U.S. 10 km silver medalist; 2017-18 5 km champion
● James Brinegar: 2018 U.S. 10 km bronze medalist; 2018 5 km bronze medalist
● Brendan Casey: 2017 U.S. 10 km silver; 2018 U.S. 10km fourth
● Taylor Abbott ~ 2018 Nationals 10 km fifth; 2017 U.S. 5 km bronze medalist
● Brennan Graveley ~ 2018 U.S. 5 km silver medalist
● Andrew Gemmell ~ 2017 U.S. 10 km bronze medalist; 2017 U.S. 5 km silver medalist
● Chip Peterson ~ 2017 U.S. 10 km fourth
● Simon Lamar ~ 2017 U.S. 10 km fifth

Women:
● Ashley Twichell ~ 2017-18 U.S. 10 km champion; 2017 U.S. 5 km silver medalist
● Haley Anderson ~ 2017-18 U.S. 10 km silver medalist; 2017 U.S. 5 km champion
● Erica Sullivan ~ 2018 U.S. 10 km bronze medalist; 2018 5 km champion
● Kathryn Campbell ~ 2018 U.S. 10 km fourth; 2017 U.S. 10 km fifth
● Chase Travis ~ 2018 U.S. 10 km fifth
● Hannah Moore ~ 2018 U.S. 5 km silver medalist
● Mariah Denigan ~ 2018 U.S. 5 km bronze medalist
● Becca Mann ~ 2017 U.S. 10 km bronze medalist; 2017 U.S. 5 km bronze medalist
● Cathryn Saladin ~ 2017 U.S. 10 km fourth

The swims in Miami will be on a 1.66 km, five-sized course, with a long, 635 m backstraight. International swimmers are allowed, in limited numbers, in this race and have been contenders, especially in the women’s races against Twichell and Anderson.

The U.S. has been among the power nations in Open Water swimming, with Wilimovsky winning the 2015 World Championships at 10 km and taking silver in 2017. Anderson won Olympic silver in London 2012 in the 10 km and owns Worlds golds in the 5 km from 2013 and 2015. Twichell owns the 2017 5 km World Championships gold medal, among with a 2011 bronze.

Peterson and Heron went 1-2 at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto (CAN).

The fastest way to see the results will be in the USA Swimming Live Twitter feed here.

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