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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Swimming Fast In The Olympic Quadrennial

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

It is going to be a very fast quadrennial.

With the major international 10 km marathon swims during the next few years to be held in flat, calm waters (Lake Balaton in Hungary at the 2017 FINA World Championships, Naju Lake in South Korea at the 2019 FINA World Championships, and Odaiba Marine Park at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games), marathon swimmers are expected to double up as fast pool swimmers.

On the women's side, recent USA Swimming open water swimming national champion Ashley Twichell is expected to face France’s Aurélie Muller [shown above].

While Twichell's best 1500m pool time is 16:11, Muller recently won the 2017 French National Championships in the 1500m freestyle in 16:24.34. Muller will swim both the 1500m in the pool and other open water races in Lake Balaton during this summer's world championships.

But both women will still have to deal with 2016 Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands who finished second in the 200m butterfly in 2:12.31.

The men's race may be even faster with Italian Olympic 1500m champion Gregorio Paltrinieri facing off with America's Jordan Wilimovsky and other blazing fast crossover swimmers like Ferry Weertman.

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