More details and photos to follow within 24 hours, but here is a quick summary of the 2008 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships.
Fran Crippen of Mission Viejo Nadadores won in 1:58:41 over Deni Cullom, also of Mission Viejo, and Josef Kinderwater of WSY Swimming, in an extremely close race.
Kirsten Groome of First Colony Swim Team won comfortably in 2:03:25 over Eva Fabian of Greenwood Memorial Swim Club and Christine Jennings of Minnesota Aquatics.
The race was held in a beautiful park in Minneapolis' Lake Harriett. The course was a 4 loops of 2.5K. Rowing course lines were brought in with intermediate buoys every 10 meters under nearly ideal conditions.
Photo of Fran Crippen provided by TYR.
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