DURHAM, N.C. – Former Blue Devil standout Ashley Twichell was named USA Swimming’s Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year over the weekend at the United States Aquatic Convention in Dallas.
Twichell claimed the honor after capturing a pair of medals this summer at the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary. She won gold in the women’s 5-kilometer open water event and added a silver medal as a member of the United States’ 5K team relay. With the performances, Twichell became the first American athlete to capture four career FINA World Championships medals in open water swimming.
The Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year Award was the second for the Duke alumna, who also received the accolade in 2011.
Earlier this month, Twichell was one of 115 athletes to earn a spot on USA Swimming’s 2017-18 national team, which is comprised of the top six swimmers in each individual Olympic event.
During her career at Duke, Twichell was an All-American and All-ACC champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle. She qualified for the NCAA Championship all four seasons and as a freshman was the first Blue Devil swimmer to compete at the national meet in four years. She graduated from the university in 2011.