Gregorio Paltrinieri Leads Italian Sweep In 5K at Nationals; Grothe, Gravley Qualify For Worlds

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Gregorio Paltrinieri, Dominico Acerenza, Mario Sanzullo, Zane Grothe and Brennan Gravley; Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross

Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri won his second title at the 2019 US Open Water National Championships in Miami with a win in the 5K on Sunday. Paltrinieri previously won the 10K on Friday and doubled up in the shorter distance as he led a 1-2-3 finish with Italian teammates Dominico Acerenza and Mario Sanzullo.

Paltrinieri was a part of a small Italian contingent that competed at the Open Water National Championships this week in Miami. Paltrinieri talked to Swimming World on Friday about his performances.

The top finishing American was Zane Grothe, who picked up a qualification for the World Championships in the 5K. But Grothe told Swimming World he deferred his spot to sixth-place finisher Michael Brinegar, who trains with Grothe at Indiana. Brennan Gravley of Sandpipers finished fifth in the race and he will be joining Brinegar in Gwangju as first-time members. Brinegar just finished his freshman season at Indiana University where he was second in the 1650 at NCAAs while Gravley will be a freshman at the University of Florida this fall. Gravley also qualified to swim the 25K at World Championships.

10K runner-up David Heron placed seventh in the race and Ivan Puskovitch, who will be a freshman at USC in the fall, was eighth.

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