DURHAM, N.C. – Former Blue Devil swimmer Ashley Twichell has been selected to USA Swimming’s open water roster for the 2013 World University Games, as announced by the organization Tuesday.
A 2011 graduate of Duke, Twichell earned a spot on the U.S. open water roster after finishing fifth in the women’s 10K open water race at the 2013 Open Water National Championships last month in Castaic Lake, Calif.
Twichell and the other members of the U.S. open water roster for the World University Games will compete in the 10K event July 17 at the Games’ Rowing Center in Kazan, Russia. Taking place every two years, the World University Games are an international multisport event organized for university athletes by the International Sports Federation. All athletes selected for the team must be at least 17 years old and under 28 years old on Jan. 1, 2013. For more information about the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia, please visit the Games’ website.
Named the 2011 Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming, Twichell has been successful in the sport since graduating from Duke. She was a member of the U.S. National Open Water team in 2011-12 and 2012-13 and captured the inaugural 5K open water team pursuit at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China. The Fayetteville, N.Y., native also won the 5K and 10K open water titles at the 2012 Open Water National Championships.
During her career at Duke, Twichell was an All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle and received Academic All-America recognition. She remains the program record holder in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle events.