Ashley Twichell Pulls Away From Erica Sullivan Late In 1500 at Winter Nationals

Photo Courtesy: Taylor Brien

Ashley Twichell and Erica Sullivan had a good duel going on in the 1500 final at the US Winter Nationals in Greensboro as the two Open Water swimmers looked like they were going to go down to the wire. Sullivan briefly took over the lead from Twichell at the 1000 but Twichell responded and never looked back.

Twichell pulled away from Sullivan over the last 500 as the former won the 1500 final with a 16:09.80. Sullivan finished in second place with a 16:14.84 after hanging with Twichell for 1000 meters. She could not hang on over the last 500. She will be going to USC in January.

NBAC’s Chase Travis (16:27.15) and TAC Titans’s Hannah Moore (16:32.50) finished third and fourth as the Open Water swimmers took the top four spots in the pool race.

Julia Hassler (16:34.98), Paige McKenna (16:42.22), Madelyn Donohoe (16:43.02) and Katy Campbell (16:47.58) rounded out the top eight.


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