Crippen Cup Competition

Crippen Cup Competition

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Miromar Lakes in Estero, Florida is one of the epicenters of competitive open water swimming in America. From national championships to world championship qualification races, the calm waters of Miromar Lakes has been the site of victories from many of the American open water swimming champions, from Chip Peterson to Ashley Twitchell, since 2008.

For the 13th year, Lee County is partnering with USA Swimming and the Gulf Coast Swim Team to host the annual Open Water Swimming Festival on April 12-13th at Miromar Lakes in Estero, Florida. “Miromar Lakes was the venue used to select the athletes who competed in the qualifications for the 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim and will again play host to this world-class event,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director, Lee County Sports Development. “Our office believes this event will assist Southwest Florida in attracting future international competitions that will have a positive economic impact on our area.”

A new addition to this year’s multi-race Open Water Swimming Festival is the 10 km Crippen Cup Open Water Marathon on April 12th with a US$10,000 prize purse on the line. The event will honor the life and legacy of Fran Crippen who tragically passed away during a 2010 FINA World Cup event in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. The inaugural Crippen Cup Open Water Marathon includes a very competitive field with elite swimmers from Brazil, Sweden, Canada, Germany and the U.S.

The Crippen family will be on hand for the event and the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation will host an open water camp in conjunction with the Festival. An all-star team of Alex Meyer, Teresa Crippen, Rick Walker, Denny Ryther, and Emily Brunemann are serving as coaches and hosts for the clinic.

The schedule of events includes the following:

Friday, April 11th
* Lee County Sports, Coaches and Officials Social

Saturday, April 12th
* 9:00 am – Men’s Crippen Cup
* 11:00 am – Women’s Crippen Cup
* 2:00 pm – Open Water Clinic/Practice session, Team Pursuit races
* 6:15 pm – Crippen Kids “Buddy” 500-yard Swim
* 6:30 pm – Crippen Sunset Mile Swim and Festival Social and Florida Swimming Dinner

Sunday, April 13th
* 9:00 am – 10 & Under age group 800m races
* 10:00 am – 11-12 age group 2.5 km races
* 11:00 am – 5 km races (13-14 and 15-18 age groups

The start list for the Crippen Cup Open Water Marathon is below:

Women:
1 Zsofi Balazs, 23
2 Sarah Bosslet, 20
3 Emily Brunemann, 27
4 Megan Byrnes, 15
5 Jade Dusablon, 20
6 Joy Field, 15
7 Autumn Finke, 19
8 Nicole Fuller, 17
9 Kaitlin Gervais, 17
10 Hanna Huston, 18
11 Christine Jennings, 26
12 Sabrina Lagacé, 21
13 Anina Lund, 16
14 Heather Maitland, 24
15 Kylie Mitchell, 16
16 Caitlin Nolan, 25
17 Léonie Pamerleau, 24
18 Megan Rankin, 19
19 Justine Rheaume, 17
20 Roy, Taylor Roy, 20
21 Hanna Sakaluk, 17
22 Jordan Smith, 21
23 Claire Thompson, 25
24 Ashley Twichell, 24
25 Danielle Valley, 18
26 Kelsey Vetalice, 17
27 Lindsay Vrooman, 22
28 Jessica Wolf, 19

Men:
1 Felix Bartels, 17
2 Moritz Bartels, 16
3 Zack Chetrat, 23
4 Samuel De Bona, 24
5 Xavier Desharnais, 24
6 Ryan Feeley, 22
7 Arthur Frayler, 20
8 Victor Gaud, 17
9 Christoph Grimmett-Norris, 19
10 Philippe Guertin, 23
11 Eric Hedlin, 20
12 David Heron, 19
13 Dylan Keer, 16
14 Aimeson King, 23
15 Blake Manganiello, 18
16 Nicolas Masse-Savard, 19
17 Alex Meyer, 25
18 Daniel O’Connor, 22
19 Jean Carlo Pantojas, 18
20 Shawn Parkhurst, 22
21 Nathan Pawlowicz, 17
22 Joey Pedraza, 26
23 Chip Peterson, 26
24 Evan Pinion, 19
25 Ryan Rosenbaum, 19
26 William Silva, 21
27 Eric Stobbe, 18
28 Jason Tillotson, 16
29 Thomas Veale, 20
30 Andreas Waschburger, 26
31 Richard Weinberger, 23
32 Christopher Yeager, 15
33 Edward Zacka, 18

For more information on the Open Water Swimming Festival organized by Gregg Cross, visit here.

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