High winds can’t slow Open Water National Championship at Lake Castaic

by Jesse Merrick, Staff Writer 432 views0

Swimmers from across the country flocked to the Santa Clarita Valley on Sunday morning.  This was the final day of the men’s and women’s Open Water National Championships at Lower Castaic Lake.

Canyons Aquatics Club hosted the event, which brought some of the best swimmers in the country to the choppy waters of Castaic.  The 10K and 5K served as qualifying races for the Open Water World Champions coming up this July in Barcelona, Spain,

Wind whipped through the Santa Clarita Valley, making the swim a little tougher but the competitors would not be stopped.  Twenty-two year old Andrew Gemmell of the Nations Capital Swim Club pushed his way up from the middle of the pack to take the lead and never looked back, winning with at time of 57:22.07.

2012 Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson took the lead in the women’s 5K early and never let it slip out of her grasp.  She won in dominating fashion, beating the next closest swimmer by almost two seconds, with a time of 1:00:36.51.

After winning each of their respective races, Gemmell and Anderson both qualified for the Open Water World Championships in Barcelona this coming July.

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