PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa – Former Duke All-America Ashley Twichell claimed the women’s title at the 2014 Midmar Mile for the second-straight year, winning the world’s largest open water swimming race just one week after capturing the title at the BHP Aquatic Series SwimtheSwan event in Australia.
Twichell clocked a time of 19:45 at the Midmar Mile, followed by Great Britain’s Keri-Anne Payne in second.
A 2011 graduate of Duke, Twichell was an All-American and ACC champion in the 1,650 freestyle during her collegiate career while also receiving Academic All-America recognition. She remains the program record holder in the 200-yard freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle and the 1,650 freestyle.
Twichell won a gold medal in the women’s 10K open water swimming event at the World University Games in July and was fifth in the women’s 10K open water race at the 2013 U.S. Open Water National Championships in May. A member of the U.S. open water national team in 2011-12 and 2012-13, she previously won the inaugural 5K open water team pursuit at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.
Held annually at the Midmar Dam near Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the aQuelle Midmar Mile draws swimmers from around the world. For more information about the Midmar Mile, visit the event’s website at http://www.midmarmile.co.za/.