Ferry Weertman Wins RCP Tiburon Mile Ahead Of Heron, Vargas, Grothe, Twichell

Ferry Weertman. Photo Courtesy: LaPresse/ Fabio Ferrari

Loaded with some of swimming’s biggest names in distance — and some who aren’t even distance specialists — the 2018 RCP Tiburon Mile had an exciting finish with a big group of elite swimmers competing in the open water ocean race in San Francisco.

Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands, fresh off a victory in open water at the 2018 European Championships, finished first in the elite group in 21:50, finishing just one second ahead of David Heron (21:50) and two seconds ahead of Michigan’s Ricardo Vargas (21:52).

Team USA members Zane Grothe and Ashley Twichell each finished at 21:56, giving Twichell the women’s victory.
Becca Mann was next at 22:09, followed by a trio of Italians — Rachele Bruni (22:14), Martina Dememme (22:18) and Caroline Jouisse (22:46).

Alex Meyer of the U.S. was 10th (23:26).

There were plenty of non-distance and non-open water specialists that competed as well. Sprinting sensation Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands competed in the event and finished 20th, clocking a 27:25.

There were also different divisions in the race.

Cristian Twyman won the men’s race in 25:56, finishing ahead of Michael Stokes (26:01) and Stephen Root (26:40).

The women’s race went to Lizzy Follmer, who finished in 27:12. Jesse Chamberlain was second in 27:57.

Local Morgan Schlesinger won the wet suit race in 25:45 ahead of Jane Esahak-Gage (25:53).

Check out the full results at each age group here.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

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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