DURHAM, N.C. – Less than a week after collecting her second consecutive win at the aQuelle Midmar Mile, former Blue Devil standout Ashley Twichell has been signed to TYR Sport’s athletic roster, as announced by the company Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Twichell claimed the women’s title at the Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming race, for the second-straight year last weekend in South Africa. Just one week prior, the former Duke distance swimmer also captured the title at the BHP Aquatic Series SwimtheSwan event in Australia.
“It’s an honor to be representing the TYR brand alongside so many incredible athletes,” Twichell said in a TYR release. “I’m so excited to be a part of this family, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.”
Named the 2011 Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming, Twichell has compiled an impressive list of achievements in the sport since graduating from Duke. She captured gold in the inaugural 5K open water team pursuit at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China and won a gold medal in the women’s 10K open water swimming event at last summer’s World University Games. Twichell has also previously claimed U.S. Open Water National Championships and was a member of the U.S. National Open Water Team in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
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.