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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Emily Brunemann Wins FINA World Cup To Gain Lead

Sea planes were taking off in the middle of the race. “How often do you see that?” asks USA Swimming Coach Dave Thomas.

It was a gorgeous day and the planes just taxied out beyond the breakwater and took off during the race. It was a classic sight. I have always heard about this race here in Quebec. The whole town here in Roberval comes out for this event that is part of the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean. It is the focal point of this entire community and this is a fantastic, from organization to host families opening their homes to athletes around the world."

It is one of those places that you have heard about and always wanted to be here. It is a great experience to be here.”

And Emily Brunemann can attest to that. “The race was great. We got to start with the guys. My goal was to stay together with the guys throughout the race. I just followed the guys. It was a fast pace.” Second-place Jade Dusablon and third-place Béatrice Pineau, both of Canada, agreed. "We started together with the men and wanted to stay with the pack for as long as possible."

Brunemann ended up staying with the guys for most of the race and helped keep the pace of the lead pack incredibly steady. Alexander Studzinsky won the race overall in 2:00:06 with lap times of 20:30, 20:30, 20:00, 20:15, 20:10, and 20:06. But it was Brunemann who has been steady all season.

"Emily Brunemann first came to open water at the USA Swimming National Open Water Camp in 2009," recalled Thomas. "And look at where she is now. She has a lot of other swimmers at that introductory camp, along with lots of other alumni from national teams like Andrew Gemmell, Alex Meyer, Chip Peterson, and Eva Fabian. She stayed with the guys and then really turned it on at the end."

"Alex [Studzinski] took a different line at the end and I didn't see him, but at least the guys are not as physical as the girls [are typically in an international competition]," explained Brunemann. By the time the secondary pack had round the last buoy, Studzinski has completed his separation. "It was good for 4 loops. We pushed a lot of different times together with 2 others. It was a nice day, but there are some cold spots so I got a little cold. But it wasn't that bad," summed up the German marathon star who is looking to score another victory on Saturday with the 32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean.

Not bad at all. Certainly for Brunemann, it was well worth her time to the famed Quebec venue. "This puts me in the lead for the FINA [10K Marathon Swimming] World Cup. That is what I am shooting for. I will next go to Lac Mégantic for the Traversee international du Lac Mégantic."

The final results:

1. Emily Brunemann (USA) 2.01:02.9
2. Jade Dusablon (CAN) 2.01:58.8
3. Béatrice Pineau (CAN) 2.13:05.1
4. Mallory Mead (USA) 2.19:51.1
DNF Heidi George (USA)

1. Alexander Studzinski (GER) 2:00:06.9
2. Nicolas Masse-Savard (CAN) 2:00:55.7
3. Joanes Hedel (FRA) 2:00:59.7
4. Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD) 2:00:59.9
5. Christopher Grimett-Norris (USA) 2:01:06.0
6. Aimeson King (CAN) 2:01:31.3
7. Davy Billiau (BEL) 2:01:53.3
8. Mattia Alberico (ITA) 2:02:25.8
9. Hugo Alberto Ribeiro (POR) 2:02:39.8
10. Samer Yaghmour (CAN) 2:05:45.4
11. Tsvetan Yordanov (BUL) 2:06:13.1
12. Frédéric Girard (CAN) 2:29:41.0

Upper photo shows Jade Dusablon (left), Emily Brunemann (middle), and Béatrice Pineau (right). Lower photo shows Nicolas Masse-Savard (left), Alexander Studzinski (middle), and Joanes Hedel (right)

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