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Friday, June 1, 2018

Four Earn Pan Pacs Berths at French Open Water Championships

Four Earn Pan Pacs Berths at French Open Water Championships

GRAVELINES, France – With top finishes at Thursday’s French Open Water Swimming Championships, Michael Brinegar (Columbus, Ind./Mission Viejo Nadadores), Taylor Abbott (Cedar Park, Texas/Tennessee Aquatics), Hannah Moore (Cary, N.C./Wolfpack Elite) and Chase Travis (Newark, Del./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) claimed spots on USA Swimming’s roster for the 10-kilometer open water event at this summer’s Pan Pacific Championships.

Already qualified for Pan Pacs at this month’s USA Swimming National Championships, two-time Olympian Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif./Trojan Swim Club) won the women’s 10K in 1 hour, 55 minutes, 30.18 seconds and world champion Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y./TAC Titans) took third in 1:55:32.63.

Joining Anderson and Twichell in August in Japan will be Moore and Travis, who finished ninth in 1:55:45.68 and 13th in 1:55:51.81, respectively. Travis also was the top junior finisher.

Brinegar was the No. 1 American on the men’s side, touching in 1:44:30.00 to finish 10th overall and second among junior men. Abbott was on his heels, finishing just over a second later in 11th place at 1:44:31.47. Brinegar and Abbott will team up with Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Team Santa Monica) and David Heron (Mission Viejo, Calif./Tennessee Aquatics) on USA Swimming’s men’s roster for the 10K at Pan Pacs.

In addition to being the French Open Water Swimming Championships, the event also was stop No. 2 of the LEN European Open Water Cup. Complete results are available online:

Team USA will be back in action in Gravelines Friday for the team relay event.

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