Anderson Earns World Championships Berth
June 16, 2011
USC junior-to-be Haley Anderson, a 2011 three-time All-American, qualified for the 2011 Open Water World Championships by finishing fourth in the 10K last week at the U.S. Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Anderson clocked a 2:18.52.77, about 21 seconds outside of first. She was in first with about 2,000 meters to go when she got separated from the rest of the leaders in some strong waves.
"Conditions were really rough," said USC assistant coach Catherine Vogt, one of the nation's top distance and open water coaches. "The waves had some big swells. It was a long race with strong currents and chop. For only doing open water for a year, she's doing great and her learning curve continues to grow."
The fourth-place finish earned Anderson a berth into the 25K event at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China. She will swim on July 23.
Anderson will return to the states for a brief respite before returning to China for the World University Games, which begin Aug. 14 in Shenzhen. She will swim the 800m free. Also set to compete at the WUGs is the recently graduated Lyndsay DePaul (100m fly).
In addition, former Trojan Rebecca Soni, currently the top-ranked breaststroker in the world, will compete in the 100m and 200m at the World Championships in Shanghai.
Former Trojan All-American and open water veteran Mark Warkentin was also fourth in the men's 10K, though he declined the invite to Shanghai.