Bright With Bryce

Bright With Bryce

USA Swimming had specific criteria when it hired its first Open Water Program Manager: a fast (All-American swimmer), safety-oriented (beach lifeguard) individual with coaching experience. With dozens of candidates to choose from, Bryce Elser led the pack and settled into his new position quickly.

An interview with Bryce is posted here.

Bryce mentioned that he was raised in Huntington Beach, California and spent almost all the time he could in the ocean. “It’s like second nature to me.”

But he realizes that the top Americans need his support in the run-up to the Olympics. “[Open water] is growing every day. It’s more and more popular in Europe, so we are kind of playing a little catch-up. Within a few years it certainly could be as popular as it is in the European countries.”

At the same time, he realizes the types and potential of the top American athletes on the USA Swimming national open water swim team. “It was a privilege to work with … Alex Meyer, Eva Fabian, Emily Brunemann, Christine Jennings, and the others – those athletes are awesome. These distance swimmers can just go, and pull off 20,000 meters a day, every day. That inspires me. And as great as they are in the water, they’re even more amazing out of it. You won’t find a more articulate, intelligent and fun bunch of people.”

Bryce will be able to see the results of their preparations at this Friday’s USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The top two finishers in the 10K race will be selected to represent their country at the 2011 World Swimming Championships and an opportunity to qualify for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympics.

The USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships will be covered by a live webcast here.

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