DURHAM, N.C. – Former Blue Devil standout Ashley Twichell takes the world stage again this weekend, as she prepares to represent the United States at the 18th FINA Open Water World Championships in Yeosu, South Korea.
The 2011 Duke graduate captured a pair of medals at the FINA World Championships in 2017, winning gold in the women’s 5K open water event and adding a silver medal as a member of the United States’ 5K team relay. With those performances, Twichell became the first American athlete to claim four career FINA World Championship medals in open water swimming.
Twichell will be chasing Olympic qualification Sunday at Ocean Expo Park in Yeosu, as she can earn a spot on her first Olympic team with a top-10 finish in the women’s 10K. The race gets underway at 7 p.m. ET Saturday evening.
Twichell is also slated to compete in the women’s 5K event, scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 16. She is eligible to race in the pool as well in South Korea, in the 1,500-meter freestyle.
“If you told me in 2011 that I’d still be swimming and trying to make an Olympic team, I would have told you ‘No way’. I do have an Olympic dream now..." 💪@atwich616 is ready to race at #FINAGwangju2019: https://t.co/ucwYlyU9k4 pic.twitter.com/06vOvRXMzn— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) July 12, 2019
During her career at Duke, Twichell was an All-American and ACC champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle. She qualified for NCAA Championships all four seasons and as a freshman was the first Blue Devil swimmer to compete at the national meet in four years.
World Championships results will be available here.