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Ashley Twichell Racing Against The Men In Waikiki

Courtesy of WOWSA, Oahu, Hawaii.

1973, Nancy Ivy placed third overall in the 1973 Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Kaili Chun also placed third overall in the 1973 Waikiki Roughwater Swim.

These two young women have been the only females to finish in the top three at the 3.8 km race course across Waikiki Bay.

But Ivy's 49:15 was well behind Les Wulk's winning 47:57 as was Chun's 47:47 behind Paul Stader's victorious 46:23.

A few other women have placed in the Top 5 overall (including Nadine Day and Chun who did it twice more), but the top podium positions in Waikiki have been long dominated by men.

However, at the recent RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco, 5 km world champion Ashley Twichell placed fourth overall tied with Zane Grothe.

Twichell was shoulder-to-shoulder with the men with less than 100 meters to go.

Is it possible for a woman to win the Waikiki Roughwater Swim overall?

"It is very possible and this year may be the perfect situation for this to occur. Not only will she be pushed by another very fast young lady, Becca Mann who has lots of experience racing in Waikiki, but there are so many top men with similar chances of victory that they may leave everything to the swim in from the last buoy. This gives Ashley a possible opening at swimming the best line into the finish and upsetting the men," predicted former race director Steven Munatones.

"Ashley will face a lead pack of men that is expected to include Alex Meyer, Mazen Aziz, Alex Kostich, Rhys Mainstone, Wes Roberts, Alex Studzinski, Ollie Signorini and Solomon Wright.

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