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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

After 10, There Will Be Only 2

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Who is going to represent the United States at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia with the subsequent opportunity to become one of the 25 finalists in the 2016 Rio Olympics?

Of the 32 women entered in this week's USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in Miromar Lakes, Florida, who will become the top 2 - and only 2 - qualifiers?

Newcomer Stephanie Peacock? 23-year-old Trojan Swim Clubber Tristin Baxter? 17-year-old wunderkind Becca Mann? Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson? The fearless frontrunner Eva Fabian? Veteran Christine Jennings? Long-time national teamer Emily Brunemann? Triangle Titan Ashley Twichell? Indiana hopeful Lindsay Vrooman? 20-year-old Gator Megan Rankin? Or someone perhaps underestimated like and Kaitlin Pawlowicz?

Whatever pair comes out on top, it will undoubtedly be one of the fastest and most strategic races on American waters. With so much at stake and with so many top swimmers devoting years of training to this race, it will bring out the best in the field.

The women's race will begin at 8 am New York time at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, with live webcast available online via usaswimming.org.

Start List:
1. Haley Anderson [shown above with long-time coach Catherine Vogt]
2. Tristin Baxter
3. Emily Brunemann
3. Megan Brynes
4. Katy Campell
5. Gillian Caverly
6. Caitlin Daday
7. Chenoa Devine
8. Sinead Eksteen
9. Erin Emery
10. Eva Fabian
11. Grace Ferry
12. Summer Finke
13. Allie Fogleman
14. Casey Francis
15. Christine Jennings
16. Regan Kology
17. Anina Lund
18. Becca Mann
19. Emily Mayo
20. Chelsie Miller
21. Kaitlin Pawlowicz
22. Stephanie Peacock
23. Taylor Pike
24. Megan Rankin
25. Isabella Rongione
26. Maddie Runge
27. Cailley Silbert
28. Kaitlynn Sims
29. Leah Smith
30. Erica Sullivan
31. Ashley Twichell
32. Lindsay Vrooman

The 10 km USA Swimming national championships for the men will follow at 10:30 am New York time with the 5 km championships held on Sunday. The championships will serve as the selection meet for the FINA World Championships Open Water Team, Pan American Games Open Water Team, World University Games Open Water Team, USA Swimming Open Water National Team and USA Swimming Open Water National Junior Team.

For information on the men's race, visit here.

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