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Chris Thompson, Rachel Burke Win 5K Open Water Crowns -- August 19, 2001

CLOVIS, Calif., Aug. 19. CHRIS Thompson, who yesterday won the 1500 meter swim at the USA Swimming National Championships, demonstrated he's got what it takes in the water, regardless of whether there are turns and lane lines.

Competing at the USA Swimming 5K Open Water Championship at Millerton Lake, Thompson, the American record-holder at 1500 meters, edged fellow 2000 Olympian Chad Carvin, finishing in a time of 57 minutes, 28.88 seconds. Carvin, who faded in the second half of the race, finished about 50 seconds later.

Curl-Burke's Rachael Burke won the women’s race with a time of 1:01:54.30.

Burke competed in the 400, 800, and 1500m free at the USA Swimming National Championships this past week, but didn’t achieve her goals. "This makes me leave a little happier," she said.

Lauren Costella, who won the women's 1500 meters yesterday, was second, 36 seconds behind the winner.

2001 USA Swimming Open Water Championship
AT MILLERTON LAKE, Clovis, Calif.
MEN’S RESULTS
1. Chris Thompson 57:28.88
2. Chad Carvin 59:18.50
3. Patrick Dideum 59:32.17
4. David Ashley 59:34.06
5. Yuri Suguiyama 59:34.30
6. Tyler Storie 1:00:05.47
7. Don Willard 1:00:33.50
8. Brandon Buslepp 1:00:36.79
9. Andrew McConnel 1:00:37.39
10. Steven McLeod 1:00:39.71

WOMEN’S RESULTS
1. Rachael Burke 1:01:54.30
2. Lauren Costella 1:02:30.53
3. Alyssa Kiel 1:02:35.32
4. Victoria West 1:03:01.79
5. Jamie Tannhauser 1:03:04.03
6. Margy Keefe 1:03:15.77
7. Dawn Heckman 1:04:04.58
8. Lauren Torpey 1:05:05.79
9. Laurin Wiesenthal 1:05:14.35
10. Jennifer Smith 1:05:15.14