2018 FINA Open Water World Junior Championships: Chase Travis Opens With Win

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Chase Travis got the 2018 FINA Open Water World Junior Championships off to a fast start.

The 16-year-old American won the gold medal in the girls 16-17 7.5K open water race in Israel, finishing in 1:32:02.8. She led the entire race.

Italian swimmers Giulia Berton (1:32:59.7) and Giulia Salin (1:33:00.8) finished second and third, respectively.

While Travis won by a wide margin, the boys race was quite a bit closer.

France’s Jean-Baptiste Cluisman won the race in 1:24.22.8, holding off a charging Danil Nemolochnov from Russia, who finished in 1:24.28.7. Hungary’s Zoltan Tabi took the bronze medal at 1:24.31.1.

In the girls race, Italy’s Iris Menchini won 1:00:44.6, never trailing. She finished nearly 16 seconds ahead of Hungary’s Mira Szimcsak (1:01:01.02). Mariah Denigan of the U.S. took the bronze medal at 1:01:06.6, hanging on for a medal by just a tenth of a second ahead of Spain’s Janna Blaya Corrons.

In the boys 14-15 5K race, Russia’s Aleksandr Stepanov won gold in 58:53.8, finishing ahead of teammate Ivan Morgun (58:55.5).

Hungary’s David Betlehem (58:56.5) took the bronze.

Racing in his home country, Israel’s Orr Horev was fourth in 59:01.4, while Canada’s Alexander Axon (59:04.9) was fifth, the highest open water finish by a Canadian.

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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