Haley Anderson, Alex Meyer
Courtesy of: Griffin Scott
CASTAIC LAKE, California, June 15. THIS afternoon, Alex Meyer and Haley Anderson pulled off victories in the 5K events at the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in some exciting races.

In a photo finish, Alex Meyer got his hand on to the finish first ahead of Jordan Wilimovsky for the victory. He spoke with Swimming World's Griffin Scott about how close the race really was, and how he had to save his legs until a frantic finish against Wilimovsky.

In a threeway battle down the stretch, Haley Anderson managed to pull off the win in the women's 5K. Neck-and-neck down the stretch with Eva Fabian and Christine Jennings, Anderson had enough in the tank to capture the women's title.

USA Swimming's Press Release on 5Ks
Alex Meyer (Ithaca, N.Y.) and Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) won the 5-kilometer national titles on Sunday to conclude the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships at Castaic Lake.

The men's title would come down to the touch, as the top three finished within a second of each other. In the end, Meyer was able to outreach Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif.) and Joey Pedraza (Borward, Fla.) to win his first 5K national title. Meyer touched in 55:34.30, while Wilimovsky finished second (55:34.57) and Pedraza placed third (55:35.00).

"I wanted to get out to a good start and stay close to the front," said Meyer, a 2012 Olympian. "I drafted well throughout the race and was able to save a lot of energy for the final stretch."

In the women's race, Anderson moved toward the front of the pack early and was on Eva Fabian's (Keene, N.H.) hip after the first circuit. She continued to stay in the lead group of five swimmers, jostling with Fabian, Tristin Baxter (Fresno, Calif.) and Christine Jennings (Longmont, Colo.) for the top spot. Anderson conserved her energy and outkicked the competition through the final 800 meters to win her second career 5K national title with a swim of 1:00:08.37. Baxter finished second in 1:00:09.59, while Fabian touched third in 1:00:10.56.

"Coming around the last buoy, I was getting pinched in so I went wide," said Anderson, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist. "I wanted to be able to put my head down and just sprint into the finish."