EILAT, Israel – USA Swimming National Team member Michael Brinegar (Columbus, Ind./Mission Viejo Nadadores) won the United States’ second world title of the 2018 FINA World Junior Open Water Championships on Friday with a victory in the men’s 10-kilometer event.
Brinegar, who also competed at the Pan Pacific Championships earlier this summer, was victorious in 1 hour, 49 minutes, 55.5 seconds. After a sprint to the finish, he touched two-tenths of a second ahead of runner-up Enzo Roldan Munoz of France to earn gold.
Teammate Brennan Gravley (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada) finished just off the podium in fourth place, 5.9 seconds behind Brinegar in 1:50:01.4.
In the women’s 10K both Americans placed in the top six with Erica Sullivan (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada) fifth in 1:57:44.6 and Kensey McMahon (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School Sharks) sixth in 1:57:47.4.
Following two days of competition, the United States tops the team standings with 98 points, eight points ahead of second-place Hungary. Team USA has won two gold medals and one bronze medal.
The competition concludes Saturday with team relay events.
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