Ashley Twichell pulled away from the field in the women’s 10k at the U.S. Open Water National Championships at Castaic Lake, winning by almost a minute over the two most recent Olympic silver medalists in the event.
Representing North Carolina Aquatic Club, the 27-year-old Twichell finished in 2:04:17.848.
A tight battle emerged for second-place honors, with Anderson, Rachele Bruni, Arianna Bridi and Becca Mann all in the mix. Anderson took the silver medal in the event at the 2012 Olympics and was fifth in 2016 in Rio, a rare where Italy’s Bruni got the silver.
Anderson ended up finishing second in 2:05:10.852, just ahead of the Italian duo of Bruno (2:05:11.256) and Bridi (2:05:12.416). Becca Mann, Anderson’s teammate at Trojan Swim Club, took fifth in 2:05:13.427.
The only other American to make the top ten was FAST’s Cathryn Salladin, who was sixth in 2:06:47.575. Rounding out that top ten were Australia’s Kareena Lee (2:06:47.751), Italy’s Barbara Pozzobon (2:07:07.058) and Alice Franco (2:07:07.084) and Germany’s Danielle Huskisson (2:07:11.949).