Gemmell, Twichell win US 10k open water titles
Friday, April 27, 2012
MIROMAR, Fla. (AP) -- Andrew Gemmell and Ashley Twichell won the men's and women's 10-kilometer titles at the U.S. Open Water national championships in Florida.
It was the first national titles for each of them after both finished third last year.
Gemmell surged past Arthur Frayler in Miromar Lake to finish in 1 hour, 58 minutes and 3.87 seconds Friday. Twichell was in the lead pack for the entire women's race before making her move midway through the fifth of six laps. She touched in 2:03.06.03, ahead of Haley Anderson in 2:03.50.44.
By finishing in the top two, Twichell and Anderson earned spots for the U.S. in the Olympic qualifier event on June 9 in Portugal.
Christine Jennings finished third, followed by Eva Fabian and Tristin Baxter.