Don Henshaw
Aug 13, 2019

Cadence Fort Named One of 25 Swimmers Invited to USA Swimming National Open Water Select Camp

Camp highlights elite young open water talent from around the country

Estero, FL-native Cadence Fort was selected to participate in USA Swimming’s National Open Water Select Camp. The elite camp features 25 emerging open water swimmers from around the country and will take place August 13 – 18 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. By the end of the week, camp attendees will also participate in the UANA Junior Open Water Swimming Championships. The event will feature a 14-17-year-old 5k and 7.5k, under-20 5k and 10k as well as relays for both age groups.


“We are extremely proud to have Cadence Fort representing the Gulf Coast Swim Team at the National Open Water Select Camp,” said GCST Head Coach, Don Henshaw. “This honor reflects the hard work she’s put into training this year and is a great step towards a bright future in open water swimming.


The six-day camp will take place in conjunction with the 2019 UANA Junior Open Water Swimming Championships. A 10-member coaching staff, headed by NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc head coach Norm Wright will help lead camp attendees to improve on their already elite skill set. Past swimmers to attend the camp have gone on to make the U.S. National Team and World Championships roster. Just this month, three past attendees– Haley Anderson (2010 selection), Ashley Twichell (2011 selection) and Erica Sullivan (2016 selection)– competed at the FINA Open Water World Championships in Yeosu, South Korea, where Anderson and Twichell earned Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 invitations by finishing in the top-10 in the 10k and Sullivan finished fifth in the 25k.


Athletes were chosen via a selection process centered around the results from the 2019 National Open Water Championships, which took place in Miami this past May. The top two male and female finishers under 20 years old in both the 10k and 5k were selected, and the top two male and female finishers between 14-17 years old were selected from the junior 5k. Lastly, six male and six female athletes who are under 20 years old as of December 31, 2019 were selected off of the top times of 2018 in the SWIMS database based on USA Swimming Power Points in the 1500 LCM freestyle.


Full selection criteria



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