Superstars Look On While Open Water Stars Compete

Superstars Look On While Open Water Stars Compete

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

At the August 22nd Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 10K Marathon Swim special guests, including Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, are scheduled to attend.

Cheering along the shoreline in Long Beach’s Marine Stadium, aquatic’s greatest superstars will show their support for their open water swimming teammates.

On the women’s side, Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto, the 2009 FINA World Cup champion, 2010 world 5 km champion Eva Fabian from New Hampshire, multi-time USA Swimming national champion and Olympian Chloe Sutton, 2009 world 5 km champion Melissa Gorman of Australia, NCAA champion Emily Brunemann from Michigan, world championship 4th-place finisher Christine Jennings from Colorado and top 10 world championship swimmer Cara Baker of New Zealand should put on quite a show in the flat-water course.

On the men’s side, world 10 km championship silver medalist Andrew Gemmell, world 5 km and 10 km championship bronze medalist Fran Crippen, world 25K champion Alex Meyer (shown above), 2005 world 10 km champion Chip Peterson and the studly Australian duo of Rhys Mainstone and Andrew Beato will knock heads in the five-loop 10 km course.

USA Swimming reported that the following countries confirmed their attendance at the Pan Pacific Championships: Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Namibia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, USA and Zimbabwe.

Photo of Alex Meyer by Dr. Jim Miller.

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Steven Munatones