Sheehan Swims Open Water
May 16, 2013
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State distance swimmer Courtney Sheehan will be competing in her first USA Swimming Open Water National Championship this Sunday, May 19 at Castaic Lake in Santa Clarita, Calif. The 5K race will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Sheehan, a sophomore from Waukesha, Wis., swam a 17:10.68 in the 1650 freestyle at the Phill Hansel Invite in Houston, Texas last November and that time qualified her to compete at this event. Sheehan is one of 35 swimmers who will be competing in the Open Water race this weekend in southern California.
We talked to Sheehan about qualifying and the whole experience, below is what she had to say.
Can you explain how you qualified for the USA Swimming Open Water?
How is Open Water different than a swimming pool?
How have you been training for the race?
Is this your first open water competition?
"Yes. I've done a couple of triathlons so I did some open water swims within the tri, but this is my first actual open water USA swimming competition. I'm really excited to race and I think it will be a cool experience."
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