By USA Swimming | Friday, July 21, 2017
• The United States completes the open water portion of the 2017 FINA World Championships with three medals – one gold and two silver – to tie for third in the medal table. France led the way with six medals.
• Team USA finished third in the team standings with 97 points, training only Italy (133) and France (120).
Open Water Women’s 25K – Final (Lake Balaton, Hungary)
Results – Full Results
Gold: Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA), 5:21:58.4
Silver: Sharon Van Rouwendaal (NED), 5:22:00.8
Bronze: Arianna Bridi (ITA), 5:22:08.2
7. Becca Mann (Homer Glen, Ill./Trojan Swim Club), 5:27:06.9
10. Cathryn Salladin (Yorba Linda, Calif./FAST Swim Team), 5:29:49.7
• The United States joined Italy as the only nations with two swimmers in the top 10 of the women’s event.
• Mann and Salladin both completed the 25K distance for the first time.
Becca Mann: “With about a 10K left, the boys came up and lapped us and that’s where the race really turned … It went from us going at a leisurely pace to a hardcore race. I stayed with that pack for about a 3,000, but then I started getting dropped after that … I ended up swimming the last 6K on my own and that was really difficult. I’m happy that I finished and happy where I placed. I definitely want to do it again. I’m glad that I have this experience for hopefully 2019.”
Cathryn Salladin: “It was really windy and wavy so that was kind of difficult to navigate around the waves. But overall it was good … It really hurt but it was fun.”
Open Water Men’s 25K – Final (Lake Balaton, Hungary)
Results – Full Results
Gold: Axel Reymond (FRA), 5:02:46.4
Silver: Matteo Furlan (ITA), 5:02:47.0
Bronze: Evgenii Drattcev (RUS), 5:02:49.8
5. Chip Peterson (Pine Knoll Shores, N.C./North Carolina Aquatic Club), 5:03.43
DNF. Simon Lamar (Sonora, Calif./FAST Swim Team)
• Competing in his fifth FINA World Championships, Peterson swam the 25K distance for the first time.
• Peterson now has top-five career FINA World Championships finishes in all three individual distances: 5K, 10K and 25K.
Chip Peterson: “I thought it was a pretty comfortable pace for a lot of the race. I pushed a 1,000 pretty hard around 17.5K, hoping that I would get a little of a break when we were going around the women’s pack. This being my first time doing this event, I thought that was a little risky, but I think that helped to break the men’s pack up and got me a top-five finish. I was hurting at the end, but still happy with that for the first time competing in that event."