2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships

The 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships will be held in Long Beach’s Marine Stadium on June 4th and 6th, 2010.

The 2010 10K Open Water National Championships will serve as the Trials for the USA Swimming National Open Water Team (2010 Pan Pacific OW Championships and 2010 World OW Championships) and USA Swimming National Youth Team.

For more information on the event, you can visit the USA Swimming website  or visit the event website at


For the first time ever in an open water competition in this continent, coaches and parents will be able to board spectator boats and watch the action up close. They will not have to peer through binoculars or wait long periods to wonder who is leading or who is in the lead pack.  Interaction between the athletes and their coaches at the feeding stations, the physical scrum around the turn buoys, and the warning whistles and yellow flags given by the referee will be within easy viewing from the spectator boats.  The National Championships will feature no-exhaust, no-wake gondola boats that will follow the women’s and men’s lead packs at a close, but safe, distance.

Because the championships are open to qualified athletes from any country this year, experienced FINA World Cup swimmers from Canada, Azerbaijan and Egypt have already committed to the race so the event will definitely have an international flavor to it.

Additionally, the new Open Water Pursuit races will be an interesting addition after the 5K race on Sunday, June 6th.   Teams of 3-4 swimmers will race either one (2K) or two (4K) loops around Marine Stadium.  The swimmers will start, swim and finish together as they draft, position and pace off of one another in an aquatic peloton.  Each team will be set off in a randomly selected staggered start.  The official time will be the time all the team members cross the finish.