USA Swimming Open Water National Championships 2009 – 5km

Chloe Sutton (Mission Viejo, Calif.) won the women’s 5km National Championships. While the pack of swimmers headed for the feeding station on the first half of the two-lap course, 2008 Olympian Sutton bypassed the hydration and headed for the first turn. From there she increased her lead, and finished nearly 30 seconds ahead of the field in 59:29.

Katura Harvey (Rockville, Md.), who swims for the University of North Carolina, finished second in the women’s race in 59:54. Nicole Vernon (Newark, Del.) was third (1:00:14).

In the men’s race, open water veteran Fran Crippen (Philadelphia, Pa.) fought stroke for stroke in the front half of the race for the top position. Coming around the last lap, he used his experience to power to the front in choppy waters, winning in 52:48.

Kane Radford (Mission Viejo, Calif.), who trains with Sutton, crossed over three seconds later at 52:51 for silver. Andrew Gemmell (Wilmington, Del.), who placed sixth in the event in 2007, came third in 53:13.

View video (1m 7s flashplayer required to view) posted by Steven Munatones which follows Fran Crippen during the race in Ft. Myers with a surface chop of 1-2 feet

The Open Water National Championships continue on Sunday with the men’s and women’s 10km race at 8am ET. The event will serve as a qualifier for World Championships this summer, with the top to swimmers in each race automatically qualifying for the trip to Rome.

In the Mar 09 video above Chloe Sutton discussess training with top athletes and below talks about trying to make the national team in the pool and out.