YEOSU, South Korea – Three days after securing qualification to her first Olympic Games, Blue Devil alumna Ashley Twichell added a top-eight finish in the women’s open water 5K event at the 18th FINA World Championships.
The 2011 Duke graduate was seventh in the 5K field with a time of 58:00.00. Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha claimed the world title (57:56.00), followed by France’s Aurelie Muller in second (57:57.00). Hannah Moore of the United States and Leonie Beck of Germany tied for third, sharing the bronze (57:58.00).
The top-eight showing was Twichell’s second of the World Championships, as she placed sixth over the weekend in the 10K (1:54.50.50) to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020.
“It’s been amazing,” Twichell said to USA Swimming. “Qualifying for the Olympics here will always be special, and from a personal standpoint my sister was adopted from here so it’s really cool for me and my parents to be able to come here.”
Twichell is also eligible to compete in the pool in South Korea, in the 1,500-meter freestyle. That event is scheduled for July 22-23 at the Nambu International Aquatics Centre.