Ilya Kharun and Luke Ellis Go 1-2 as the Sandpipers of Nevada Swim Very Fast

Ilya Kharun and Luke Ellis Go 1-2 as the Sandpipers of Nevada Swim Very Fast

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Sandpipers are shorebirds that live across most of the world’s land surfaces except for Antarctica and the driest deserts. 

On the shores of Fort Myers Beach in Florida, the Sandpipers of Nevada are cleaning up.

In the first event of the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships, Erica Sullivan handily beat Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson in the biggest upset among American swimmers in domestic competition since Micha Shaw beat two-time Olympian Chloe Sutton the 2007 USA Swimming Open Water World Championship Trials. In addition to Sullivan’s victory, fellow Sandpiper teammates Kathryn Grimes finished fourth, Arabella Sims finished 9th and Paige Kuwata finished 11th.

In the second event, former Sandpiper Brennan Gravley finished second with his Sandpiper teammates Dylan Gravley finished 5th, and 17-year-old Brice Barrieault finished 11th.

In the Junior National events today, Grimes won the 5 km race – less than 24 hours after her fourth place finish in the 10 km yesterday – and her teammate Arabella Sims finished second behind her. On the boys side, Ilya Kharun and Luke Ellis also finished first and second in the Junior National 5 km race [shown above].

2021 USA Swimming Men’s 5 km Junior National Championship Results:

  1. Ilya Kharun, Sandpipers Of Nevada 16, 1:02:50
  2. Luke Ellis, Sandpipers Of Nevada 14 1:02:51
  3. Alexander Ayers, SwimMAC Carolina 15, 1:02:52
  4. Weslee Gettys, Texas Gold 14, 1:04:26
  5. Isaac Fleig, Mission Viejo Nadadores 16, 1:04:35
  6. Luke Corey, Naval Academy Aquatic Club 15, 1:05:32
  7. Ryan Turner, Highlander Aquatic Club 15, 1:06:14
  8. Matthew Boehme, Unattached 16, 1:06:30
  9. Kevin Cunneen, Csp Tideriders 15, 1:06:31
  10. Rylan Anselm, Barrington Swim Club 15, 1:06:37
  11. Max Gerke, Iowa Flyers Swim Club 14, 1:06:45
  12. Tucker Rice, Billings Aquatic Club 16, 1:06:45
  13. Jackson Scheiber, New Wave Swim Team 14, 1:06:49
  14. Samuel Marsteiner, New Wave Swim Team 13, 1:06:49
  15. Jameson Vanderloo, Snow Swimming 15, 1:07:07
  16. Parker Lenoce, Sarasota Sharks 15, 1:07:09
  17. Matthew Merke, Unattached 16, 1:07:24
  18. Lucas Bucaro, Barrington Swim Club 14, 1:07:36
  19. Alan Shaaban, Team Santa Monica 14, 1:08:14
  20. Connor Carlile, Fishers Area Swim 15, 1:08:45
  21. Zachary Tower, Team Santa Monica 13, 1:08:46
  22. Nolan Arnholt, Charger Aquatics 15, 1:08:50
  23. Matthew Marsteiner, New Wave Swim Team 15, 1:10:13
  24. Brady Tierney, Radnor Aquatic Club 16, 1:10:32
  25. Blaise Minckler, Hilton Head Aquatics 15, 1:11:27
  26. Evan Prabhu, SwimMAC Carolina 14, 1:13:00
  27. Brady Beyer, Club Olympia Swim Team 16, 1:14:00
  28. Riley Clinton, Sandpipers Of Nevada 15, 1:15:56

The Sandpiper team dominance, under the guidance of head coach Ron Aitken, is expected to continue on the last days of the USA Swimming Championships.

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