Paltrinieri, Cunha Capture 10K National Championship Titles; SOFLO’s Schleicher, Bono Compete Saturday In 5K Junior National Championships At Miami Marine Stadium

By Sharon Robb

May 3, 2019—Jordan Wilimovsky, David Heron, Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson were the top U.S. finishers Friday in the USA Swimming National Open Water 10K Championship.

Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, 24, won the men’s race in 1:49:25 followed by Wilimovsky, 25, in 1:50:57, Mario Sanzullo, 25, of Italy in 1:51:41 and Heron, 24 in 1:52:22 among a field of 35 swimmers.

Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha, 27, won the women’s race in 2:00:00.17 followed by Twichell, 29, in 2:00:00.67 and Anderson, 27, in 2:00:01 among a field of 21 swimmers. Former Florida swimmer Becca Mann, 21, was sixth in 2:00:14. Anna Auld of East Coast Aquatic Club was 16th in 2:11.47.

The top two U.S. men and women in the 10K races qualified for the 18th FINA World Championships in July in Gwangju, South Korea where they can qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a Top 10 finish. The 10K has been an Olympic event since 2008.

On Saturday, SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher and Dominic Bono will compete in the 5K Junior National Championships 16-and-under races. The boys race is 8 a.m. and girls race at 8:05 a.m.

The 5K national championships are Sunday. The men’s race is 7:30 a.m. and women’s race is 7:35 a.m.

On Sunday, Swim Miami 2019 returns to Miami Marine Stadium. The course is an amazing pristine, generally calm water environment that will definitely allow all ages and abilities to enjoy the open water event.

Four races will be held in Sunday’s Swim Miami 2019: 800-meters, Miami Mile, 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles). There is also the K-9 Krawl World Championships, a human and dog duathlon where owner and dog swim 200 yards and run 400 yards.

Swim Miami is the longest-standing open water swim on the East Coast and one of the largest in the U.S.

SOFLO has entered 24 age group swimmers (17 girls and 7 boys) and three masters swimmers.

The age group swimmers are Sophia Bedoya, 16, mile; Alexander Blandon, 17, mile; Alexis Christensen, 13, mile; Elena Dinehart, 14, 5K; Elise Dinehart, 10, mile; Olivia Dinehart, 14, 5K; Pilar Duranti, 11, 800; Genesis Escobar, 11, 800; Sophia Grubbs, 14, 5K; Anastasia Lutz, 12, mile; Alejandro Mateus, 13, mile; Leonardo Mateus, 17, mile; Sabrina Osorio, 14, mile; Sofia Osorio, 14, mile; Martin Petkov, 10, 800; Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 5K; Lucy Smutny, 16, 5K; Lydia Smutny, 10, mile; Madeline Smutny, 13, 5K; Ventura Torres, 17, mile; Victoria Torres, 14, mile; Juan Vallmitjana, 10, 800; Olivia Ware, 15, 10K; and Isabelle Wilson, 12, 5K.

The masters swimmers are Emmanuel Butmankiewicz, 33, in the mile; Hawaii Ironman Evelyn Salama, 45, 5K; and Kristen Vlaun, 46, 10K.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson will also be involved in the event. His boat will serve as the officials’ boat for every race throughout the weekend.

The course is one lap for the mile, three laps for the 5K and six laps for the 10K.

The finish time limits are: 10K Swim: 4 hours; 5K Swim: 2 hours; Miami Mile: 1 hour and 800 meters: 30 minutes.

Proceeds benefit the H2Os Foundation. The H2Os Foundation through grants, generous donations, events, and strategic corporate partnerships offers children and youth a unique opportunity to learn a lifesaving skill, and more importantly a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Live coverage of each race from Miami will be available each morning at The webcast schedule is Friday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at