|Heron and Twichell win 5k in Fort Myers|| |
Apr 30, 2012
The Mission Viejo Nadadores continued their dominance at the Open Water National Championships in Fort Myers Sunday. 17 year old, David Heron captured his first National Championship, defeating 2012 US Olympic qualifier, Alex Meyer in the process. Heron was in the lead pack for much of the race before pulling away in the last 500 meters. Heron's victory qualified him for the Junior World Championships held this summer in Canada. 16 year old Janardan Burns, who took silver in the 10k on Friday also earned a spot on the medal stand with a 4th place finish. 15 year old, Nick Norman finished 14th overall. His performance also earned him a spot on Team USA at his summer's Junior World Championship. George Schnaars and Russell Taylor, competing in their first Open Water Nationals finished 20th and 21st respectively.
On the women's side, Ashley Twichell battled to capture her second National title of the weekend narrowly defeating Fullerton's Emily Brunemann by 3 tenths of a second. Ashley's performance this weekend has solidified her status as the top open water swimmer in the US. Teammate Christine Jennings took the bronze, while 16 year old Brooke Lorentzen rallied to take 4th. As the 18 and under National Champion, Brooke was named to the US roster for Junior World Championships.
Mission Viejo had 4 swimmers named to their first international team's this weekend. Janardan Burns and David Heron were named to the Junior Pan Pacific Championship roster. This is the top age group team in the world. They will compete in Honolulu in August. The top 3 18 and under's from Fridays 10k were named to the Team USA roster. Burns and Heron claimed the top two spots finishing 2nd and third overall.
The Junior World Championship Team was limited to the top two 14-16 year olds and the top two 17-18 year olds in the 5k. Brooke Lorentzen, David Heron and Nick Norman were the top finishers in their age bracket.
Congrats to all athletes on a fantastic performance this weekend! Go Nadadores! Go USA!