Ashley Twichell Wins Fran Crippen Foundation Award

Ashley Twichell Wins Fran Crippen Foundation Award

The Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation named the first recipients of its “Work the Dream” Grant. The Foundation awarded individual grants to a male and female swimmer whom they felt embodies Fran Crippen’s passion and dedication to sport. The grant provides financial support to deserving athletes in pursuit of their Olympic dream. The 2011-2012 recipients of the “Work the Dream” grant are world championship double-medalist Ashley Twitchell and USA Swimming national pool swimming team member Matt McLean.

After Ashley spent her college as pool distance swimmer, but quickly transformed to a world-class open water swimmer. Following her graduation at Duke University, Ashley moved to Southern California to train with Coach Bill Rose with Chloe Sutton and Christine Jennings at the prestigious Mission Viejo Nadadores swim team. Ashley won 5K at the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. This put her on the national team that competed in Shanghai at the 2011 FINA World Swimming Championships where she barely missed out on a gold medal in the 5K and won a gold in the 5K Team Pursuit event.

Ashley was named the 2011 Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming and will represent the USA in the Pan American Games in the 800 m freestyle.

It is the mission of the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation to empower and protect individuals as they elevate themselves in pursuit of their lifelong dreams. As a central voice for athlete safety, the Foundation focuses on enhancing the culture of respect for athletes’ protection. It actively advocates for safe competitive environments, with a focus on open water swimming events. Fran’s boundless enthusiasm taught his community, teammates, competitors and those who he touched much about enjoying life, embracing opportunities, and having dreams. In that spirit, it provides resources to aid athletes who embody Fran’s passionate, inspiring character and promote egalitarian goodwill programs that encourage sportsmanship across the world.

Photo by Dr. Jim Miller shows Ashley Twitchell receiving one of her world championship medals in Shanghai, China.

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