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United States titles won at Castaic Lake

USA Open Water Championships: Lake hosts major swimming event

Posted: May 17, 2013 10:55 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2013 10:55 p.m.

Alex Meyer celebrates after winning the 10K USA Open Water National Championship on Friday in Castaic.

 

Christine Jennings and Alex Meyer were the big winners at the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships on Friday at lower Castaic Lake.

Jennings, of Colorado, won the women’s 10-kilometer national championship with a time of 2 hours, 2 minutes, 14.336 seconds and Meyer, of New York, won the men’s title in 1:54.58.947.

With those wins, both qualified for the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain in July.

“I haven’t won a race since 2011 Nationals so this has been a long time coming,” said Meyer on the win. “There have been a lot of ups and downs, but this win will definitely give me confidence going into World Championships.”

They will also have the option of swimming the 5K and 25K events at the World Championships.

“We were five tight coming down the stretch,” said Jennings on her finish. “If you stay close to someone, they can draft off your hip and it’s nearly impossible to break away, so I had to take it out wide. I realized the pack was moving to the right so I went out left and started my overkick, and I was able to hold on for the win.”

Becca Mann of Illinois also earned a spot on the U.S. World Championships Team.

The 15-year-old finished second in 2:02:16.062.

Texan Sean Ryan did the same on the men’s side with a time of 1:55.01.253.

The 5K National Championships will be decided on Sunday at Castaic Lake with the men starting at 8 a.m. and the women competing at 9:30 a.m.

The first-place finishers in the men’s and women’s 5K will be selected to swim the 5K at the World Championships.

West Ranch High graduate and U.S. Naval Academy sophomore Riley Mita finished 16th overall in the 10K on Friday.

He will compete on Sunday in the 5K along with Hart High junior Matt Johnson.

Hart graduate and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo swimmer Nicole Antoniuk will compete in the women’s 5K.

Mark Warkentin, a 2008 Olympian, will lead an open water swim clinic today at 9 a.m. at Castaic Lake.

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