Audrey Repko Competes in Open Water Nationals in Miami

Shelly Turner

Finishes 17th among field of 70

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – May 5, 2019 – Local swimmer, Audrey Repko, competed in the US Open Water Junior National Championships in Miami, Florida, on May 4th. She finished 17th among a field of 70 swimmers in the 5-kilometer race. The event was held in conjunction with the Open Water National Championships. The Junior division featured athletes age 18 and under as of May 4th, 2019. Audrey swims for Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation (EISF), in Cedar Rapids.

Repko qualified last June at the Open Water Central Zones competition held in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. In that race, Repko finished 4th in the women’s 5km race - 3rd among athletes age 16 or younger – qualifying her for the national race.

Top finishers in the 10km and 5km races in Miami qualified for the US Open Water National team and the Open Water National Junior team and will compete at the World Championship in Gwangju, South Korea. where they can guarantee themselves a spot in the Olympics with a top 10 finish.

Repko said “Swimming at Junior Nationals was a great experience. I learned a lot about how to fight for position and maneuver through the packs of swimmers. The athletes I swam against were very competitive. I’m looking forward to swimming at Open Water Zones and coming back to Nationals next year. She will compete at the Open Water Central Zones competition in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin on June 14th where she hopes to finish in the top three to qualify for the 5K Nationals senior division at next summer’s Open Water National Championships.

“Audrey has been on a meteoric rise in swimming over the past two year,” said EISF Head Coach and Owner Megan Oesting. “She's gone from a novice level swimmer to a national level swimmer by sheer force of will.  She loves open water and has really become a student of the sport.  This was only her second ever open water race, and open water is an event where experience matters.  She really engaged in the pack, kept her wits about her and made great decisions out there.  She's a really intelligent swimmer and that showed.  You have to think quickly and react well in the heat of the race and she did that.  It's intense out there, it's like running a cross country race with blinders on and only being able to see your immediate space and they swim in very tight packs when they have to.  The whistles were blowing for yellow cards pretty frequently, one gal in the 10k Nationals race got ejected and she was in the lead pack.  It's not for the shy or timid, that's for sure.  I'm so proud of Audrey's courage and determination.  She's a gritty kid and a complete joy to work with.”

Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation (EISF) is a year-round competitive USA swimming program owned and operated by champion swimmer and coach Megan Oesting. The team includes branches in Cedar Rapids, Muscatine and Burlington. For more information about EISF visit www.easterniowaswimming.com.

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Audrey Repko prepares for the Open Water Jr Nationals 5km race in Miami Florida.