Olympians Katie Grimes, Michael Brinegar Capture Titles at Las Vegas Open Water Cup


Olympians Katie Grimes, Michael Brinegar Capture Titles at Las Vegas Open Water Cup

A pair of United States Olympians from the Tokyo Games last summer captured titles at the Las Vegas Open Water Champions Cup on Friday. Katie Grimes and Michael Brinegar won their respective 10K races, which were held in Lake Las Vegas, and added U.S. National Team nods in open water to their earlier National Team status in the pool.

Grimes, who was the youngest member of the U.S. squad in Tokyo, delivered a dominant performance in the women’s race in Vegas. Grimes produced a winning mark of 1:56:23.87, which easily bettered the 1:57:11.45 of Brooke Travis, who was the second-place finisher. They were followed in the top five by Mariah Denigan, Leah DeGeorge and Abby Dunford.

Grimes represented the United States in the 800 freestyle at the Olympics, placing fourth and just missing a spot on the podium. Grimes was 1.03 seconds behind bronze medalist Simona Quadarella of Italy.

On the men’s side, Brinegar comfortably prevailed in a time of 1:40:22.79, which was more than 20 seconds clear of the 1:40:46.75 of runnerup David Heron. Completing the top five were Brennan Gravley, Simon Lamar and Dylan Gravley. While Heron claimed his ninth National Team nod, Lamar earned his first.

Brinegar’s open-water success followed a summer in which he qualified for the Olympic Games in the 800 freestyle and 1500 freestyle. The distance ace was 17th in both events.

The top-five finishers among both genders picked up National Team recognition. Already named to the National Team for their open-water exploits were Olympians Jordan Wilimovsky, Haley Anderson and Ashley Twichell.