By Emily Sampl//Contributor | Thursday, July 18, 2019
The United States brought home another medal at the 18th FINA World Championships, with the foursome of Haley Anderson, Jordan Wilimovsky, Ashley Twichell and Michael Brinegar winning bronze in the mixed 5k relay event on Thursday at the Yeosu Expo Ocean Park in South Korea.
Germany took home gold in 53:58.70, with Italy in second at 53:58.90. The Americans were right behind in 53:59.00, a full 25 seconds ahead of fourth place finisher Brazil. The U.S. has now won one silver medal and two bronze medals at the competition, with the pool events still to come.
The U.S. led off with newly minted Olympic qualifier Haley Anderson, who was matched against a handful of men who led off their respective teams. She got the Americans off to a great start en route to her second medal of the week.
“My goal was just to keep up with the guys, just hang with them as long as I could,” she said. “I’m so excited, this relay was extra fun. Distance swimmers don’t get a chance to do relays too often!”
Brinegar, who is competing in his first open water world championships, anchored the U.S. squad and brought home his first career medal.
“That was pretty rough, I’m really glad that I was able to catch those guys,” he said. “Everyone’s goal was to swim as fast as they could. It was a really good experience and fun to race and swim.”
Wilimovsky and Twichell, who both competed earlier in the men’s 10k and women’s 5k and 10k, respectively, each brought home their first medal of the competition.
The open water portion of the competition wraps up tomorrow with the men’s and women’s 25k swims.