Courtesy of WOWSA, Tempe Town Lake, Arizona.

Jordan Wilimovsky convincingly won his third 10 km USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championship title with a strong, strategic back half in Arizona’s Tempe Town Lake.

Victories were his in 2015, 2017 and 2018 as he left David Heron and James Brinegar to fight it out for second – that took some time to sort out due to an official’s review of the photo-finish.

Wilimovsky and Heron will represent the U.S. at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships 10 km race in Chiba, Japan.

Wilimovsky said afterwards, “It was a fun race. This was the first time we swam at this course, so I was trying to get used to the course lines and just tried to stay relaxed the first half of the race, then build into the second half and make sure I had enough in the legs for the last thousand.”

The course was really nice, actually. It is really cool having [a] sea wall here where you can see the spectators on this one side of the course.”

Heron explained his perspective of the photo-finish for second, “I expected it to come down pretty closely. I did pick it up halfway through the race to try to spread out the group. When Jordan was leading I was hoping we’d spread it out even more, which we did, but Brinegar stayed with us and he was a lot faster at the finish than I was expecting … I’m usually pretty good at finishes. I’ve been practicing that a lot at Tennessee, so it worked out.”

Two additional spots on the U.S. team are up for grabs at the 2018 French National Championships on May 31st in Gravelines, France where leading contenders like Brendan Casey and Taylor Abbott hope to join their teammates.

Men’s 10 km Results:
1. Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, California/Team Santa Monica) 1:47:14.718
2. David Heron (Mission Viejo, California/Tennessee Aquatics) 1:47:27.713
3. James Brinegar (Columbus, Indiana/Mission Viejo Nadadores), 1:47:27.779
4. Brendan Casey (Cavalier Swimming) 1:48:09.390
5. Taylor Abbott (Tennessee Aquatics) 1:48:09.792
6. Brennan Gravley (Sandpipers Of Nevada) 1:48:21.581
7. Eric Hedlin (Canada) 1:48:51.678
8. Jon McKay (Canada) 1:49:08.365
9. Hau-li Fan (Canada) 1:49:19.468
10. Christopher Bready (Bearcat Aquatics) 1:49:25.230
11. TC Smith (Unattached) 1:49:28.134
12. William Roberts (University Of Michigan Swim Team) 1:49:28.367
13. Felix Aubock (Austria) 1:49:29.300
14. Aaron Apel (Scottsdale Aquatic Club) 1:49:34.667
15. Joseph Gutierrez (Sandpipers Of Nevada) 1:49:36.795
16. Gordon Mason (Team Santa Monica) 1:49:45.488
17. Robert Dickson (Unattached) 1:49:53.691
18. Nicholas Sweetser (Unattached) 1:50:15.712
19. Nicholas Norman (California Aquatics) 1:51:33.283
20. Samuel Rice (Tennessee Aquatics) 1:52:07.516
21. Robert Delk (SwimAtlanta) 1:52:12.148
22. Ross Dant (Hickory Foundation YMCA Seahorse) 1:52:52.800
23. Alfredo Villa Cortez Mejia (Mexico) 1:52:58.867
24. Luke Thornbrue (Hillsboro Swim Team) 1:53:45.980
25. Thomas Bretzmann (North Carolina Aquatic Club) 1:53:58.794
26. Arturo Perez Vertti Ferrer (Mexico) 1:54:11.472
27. Tyler Jones (Bearcat Aquatics) 1:54:47.261
28. Kieran Smith (Ridgefield Aquatic Club) 1:55:20.206
29. Ford Blaylock (Rockwall Aquatic Center of Excellence) 1:56:30.706
30. Ethan Heasley (Hillsboro Swim Team) 1:57:00.134
31. Nicholas Becker (Sandpipers Of Nevada) 2:02:00.374
DNF Jared Graham (Penguin Aquatics)

Tomorrow’s 5 km junior race will be webcast at 11 am New York/Eastern Time at usaswimming.org.

Photo shows Team Santa Monica Coach Dave Kelsheimer, Jordan Wilimovsky, and Brendan Casey at the 2014 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships.

Interview below is courtesy of Swimming World Magazine:

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