Sunday, June 14, 2009

10K Swim To Rome

This morning in Florida, the USA Swimming National 10K Open Water Swimming Championship will be held with spots open for the American and Canadian world championship team up for grabs.

Grab is a relative term.

"The women are actually rougher than the men. The women just get downright dirty out there. It's going to be a great race," said race organizer Gregg Cross who has been hosting this competitive event for years.

The women field will be tough with newcomers like Emily Brunemann and Emily Hanson (shown on left), both of Club Wolverine, trying to stay with and knock off veterans like Olympian Chloe Sutton, Kirsten Groome, Eva Fabian and Dawn Heckman. On the men's side, Olympian Mark Warkentin and Pan American Games champion Fran Crippen will be trying to do the same with a hungry field including Andrew Gemmell, Adam DeJong (shown on left), Alex Meyer, Connor Signorin, Sean Ryan and Henry Stephenson.

"It's like watching a Tour de France bike race," said Gregg. "Those guys are bumping, kicking, drafting. They are world-class athletes, so they know all the tricks."

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