Juli Arzave Crosses Country To Join The USA National Open Water Team
Courtesy of University of California San Diego, Huntington Beach, California.
Sophomore Juli Arzave will pursue a medical degree after her college graduation and is currently studying Human Biology from the University of California San Diego. But the 19-year-old San Diego native took off some time from her hard science courses to fly across the country and compete in the 5 km and 10 km races at the 2021 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Fort Myers, Florida.
She placed seventh in the 10 km and said, “I was very excited to compete at the 2021 Open Water Championships. I hadn’t had the opportunity of racing an open water event since the 2019 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships, so I was very excited to get back into the open water. This was also my second ever 10K; however, I felt very prepared with the training I had leading up to the race. I am thrilled and honored to have qualified for the US National Team and also qualified to represent the USA at the FINA World Junior Open Water Championships. I am very thankful for my coaches, family, and all the support from the University of California San Diego Athletic Department.”
Her coach Marko Djordjevic knows well all the difficulties that Arzave faced with the university shut down during the pandemic. “This [achievement] came as a reward for all the hard work that she put in both in and out of the pool. Making a podium at US Nationals and being selected to the US National Team is a great honor. This was a hard year for all of us and this comes as a very well-deserved reward for not only for Juli, but also for the whole team.”
Arzave finished seventh in the 10 km with a time of 2:12:27 and ninth in the 5K with a time of 1:08:41 in the wavy waters off the Florida coast last weekend.
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