Meyer, Twichell Take Inaugural Crippen Cup Titles
USA Swimming National Team members Alex Meyer (Ithaca, N.Y.) and Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y.) outdistanced more than 50 American and international open water standouts Saturday to claim the inaugural Crippen Cup 10-kilometer Marathon Invitational titles in Fort Myers, Fla., at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club.
A 2012 Olympian, Meyer posted a convincing victory in the men’s race with a time of 1 hour, 52 minutes, 47.39 to finish more than 30 seconds clear of the field. London bronze medalist Richard Weinberger of Canada was second in 1:53:22.60, followed by Germany’s Andreas Waschburger in third with a time of 1:53:30.77. Click here for complete men’s results.
The subsequent women’s race featured an American sweep of the top three positions with the podium separated by less than a second. Twichell touched first in 2:04:23.65 to edge U.S. teammates Christine Jennings (Longmont, Colo.) and Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky.). Jennings was second in 2:04:24.11; Brunemann took third in 2:04:24.53. Click here for complete women’s results.
The first-ever Crippen Cup included swimmers from Brazil, Canada, Germany and the U.S. with a $10,000 prize purse split among the top four male and female finishers.
A part of this weekend’s 2014 Open Water Festival, the Crippen Cup honors the life and legacy of U.S. open water standout Fran Crippen, who tragically passed away during a 2010 FINA Open Water 10K World Cup event in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.
The Crippen family was on hand for the event, and the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation hosted an open water camp in conjunction with the festival.