Duel In The Pool Before The Open Water

Duel In The Pool Before The Open Water

At this weekend’s Charlotte UltraSwim Meet in North Carolina, USA Swimming fans saw a precursor to a wonderfully unpredictable USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championship on June 4th in California.

While the focus of the swimming world was on Michael Phelps, our focus was on the battle in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle where NCAA champion Emily Brunemann faced Chloe Sutton. After coming down from a high-altitude training camp, Emily showed her strength by beating Chloe by six seconds.

But, frankly, the mid-season pool race is only one indicator. The Queen of American Open Water Swimming will be crowned in Marine Stadium in Long Beach on June 4th (10K) and 6th (5K). But, clearly, the race will not simply be a shoulder-to-shoulder battle between Emily and Chloe. Top contenders from Canada and Mexico will also be in the lead pack together with other Americans such as Kirsten Groome of Southern Illinois University, Eva Fabian of New Hampshire, Emily Hansen of the University of Michigan, Christine Jennings of the University of Minnesota and a slew of newcomers anxious to also be in the hunt.

We predict the relatively cool waters (62-64°F or 16.6-17.7°C) will have a significant effect on the ability of some of the top athletes to sprint as they normally do at the end of warm-water races.

The crown is ready to be taken. Watch from onshore, from Spectators Boats up close or follow via Twitter (@swimopenwater).

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