SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Alex Meyer and Christine Jennings have won their respective 10-kilometer races at the U.S. open water national championships to earn berths at this summer's world meet in Barcelona, Spain.
Meyer won the men's race at Lower Castaic Lake north of Los Angeles on Friday in 1 hour, 54 minutes, and 58.947 seconds. He made his move over the final 300 meters, passing leader Sean Ryan, who finished second in 1:55:01.253. Andrew Gemmell was third in 1:55:11.136.
The women's race came down to five swimmers with 500 meters to go. As Jennings' rivals drifted right, she veered left and was able to outkick the others to the finish line. She touched first in 2:02:14.336.
The victories by Meyer and Jennings also give them the option of swimming in the 5k and 25k events at the world meet in July.
Becca Mann took second in 2:02:16.062 and Eva Fabian was third at 2:02:16.355.
Ryan and Mann, a 15-year-old from Saint Petersburg, Ill., also earned spots on the U.S. team for worlds.
The men's and women's 5k races will be Sunday.