The USA Swimming Open Water National Championships are this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I would have posted this earlier, but I didn’t realize the 10K is actually today – actually, 5 minutes from now! – to give athletes a rest day before the 5K on Sunday.
There’s a live webcast here.
The 10K main event is effectively the “Olympic Trials” for London 2012. “Effectively” because the top 2 Americans at today’s race advance to the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, and the top 10 from that event advance to the Olympics. Steven Munatones explains the full process here.
A couple friends-of-the-blog will be competing. Mark Warkentin will be trying for his 2nd straight Olympic berth in the 10K; and fellow Masters swimmer Adam Barley will race the kids in the 5K.
Best of luck to both of them.
UPDATE: Alex Meyer and Sean Ryan took top two, with Gemmell, Warkentin, & Frayler close behind (not sure about order). Mark led for much of the race but Meyer and Ryan pulled ahead into the finish. On the women’s side, Eva Fabian and Christine Jennings took top 2. Amazing, brutal races.