Michael Brinegar Wins 10K At FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championship

Michael Brinegar. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships continued with the women’s 18-19 10K race as well as the men’s 18-19 10K.

In the men’s 18-19 age group 10K, U.S. swimmer Michael Brinegar won the gold in 1:49:55.5 barely holding off Enzo Roldan Munoz of France, who was second in 1:49:55.7.

Kirill Dolgov of Russia wasn’t far behind, winning the bronze in 1:50:00.04.

In the women’s 18-19 age group 10K, Paula Ruiz Bravo of Spain took the gold medal in one hour and 57 minutes and 21.9 seconds. Maria Bramont-Arias of Peru was second in 1:57:24.2 and Reka Romacs of Hungary was third in 1:57:26.3.

U.S. swimmers Erica Sullivan (1:57.44.6) and Kensey McMahon (1:57.47.4) were fifth and sixth, respectively.

Canada’s Kate Sanderson took eighth spot in the women’s 18-19 age group.

“It was good, I had fun and I learned a lot,” the U.S. based Sanderson told Swimming Canada. “It was an aggressive race which put me in a lot of tactical situations. I know now I can compete at this level and handle that much pain in a race.”

Competition ends Saturday with the team relays.

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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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