What A Field In The RCP Tiburon Mile

What A Field In The RCP Tiburon Mile

While eyes will be on Olympic gold medalist Oussama Mellouli in the front of the pack, there will be a pretty exciting race among the elite women in the upcoming RCP Tiburon Mile.

Even without two-time defending champion Melissa Gorman, the field is wide open among the Olympians and world champions competing. There is all kinds of talent ready to take the US$10,000 winner-take-all first prize.

Among the pre-race favorites, there are 2 Olympic silver medalists competing (Haley Anderson and Keri-Ann Payne), a 3-time Olympic gold medalist (Brooke Bennett), a world champion in team pursuit (Ashley Twichell), and one very fast darkhorse in Becca Mann.

The always-competitive, gotta-love-the-cold Australian swimmer Luane Rowe says, “I am really excited about competing in the RCP Tiburon Mile, especially as it has now become a local event for me here in the Bay Area. I have competed in the race since 2007. It is certainly one of the most competitive open water races in the world. This year the breadth of talent is extremely deep in both the men’s and the women’s side. It certainly will make for an exciting race.”

American Lexie Kelly compares the RCP Tiburon Mile to the pro marathon swims on the FINA circuit, “In this race, it is all-out from the beginning – not like the FINA Grand Prix where the pace is relaxed for the first few hours. Run in, sprint across, and run out. There is no time to rest; just get up and go.”

Among the elite women, these women expect to be in the leading packs:

* Haley Anderson (USA)
* Brooke Bennett (USA)
* Lauren Boyle (USA)
* Lexie Kelly (USA)
* Becca Mann (USA)
* Keri-Ann Payne (Great Britain)
* Luane Rowe (Australia)
* Ashley Twichell (USA)

For more information on the September 29th race for the winner-take-all US$10,000 first prize, visit here.

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Steven Munatones