By Sharon Robb
SARASOTA, April 23, 2023—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Izzy Wilson finished fifth at the USA Swimming Women’s 7.5K Junior National Open Water Championship Sunday at Nathan Benderson Park.
On the third and final day of competition, Wilson, 17, finished fifth among a national-caliber field in 1:35.10.19. She was the only Florida Gold Coast swimmer in the field.
Claire Weinstein of Sandpipers of Nevada, third in the 10K on Friday and member of the U.S. World Championship team last year, won the girls 7.5K title in 1:34:00, 16 seconds ahead of NOVA of Virginia’s Claire Stuhlmacher in 1:34:16.56. Sarasota Sharks’ Lolly Milbaum was third in 1:34:38.41.
Ryan Erisman of Laker Swim, runner-up in the Junior 5K race on Saturday, won the boys 7.5K title in 1:26:12.
Two days after racing the 10K swim in the World Championships qualifying race, Katie Grimes and Brennan Gravley were back on course for the 5K. With their bids for Fukuoka already secured, both Sandpipers of Nevada swimmers won titles.
Grimes finished first among the 24 swimmers in the women’s race in 58:37.95, two seconds ahead of Spain’s Angela Martinez (58:39.99). Mariah Denigan, the Indiana swimmer already qualified to join Grimes in the 10K at Worlds, was third in 58:42.49. Anna Auld of University of Florida was 14th in 1:01.57.
Gravley, now competing for the University of Florida, won the men’s race in 55:10.65, a second-and-a-half margin of victory.
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