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Meyer Captures 10K Open Water National Championship

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Former Harvard standout men’s swimmer Alex Meyer ’10 pulled away in the final straightaway to claim the 10K national championship at the 2011 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships Friday afternoon.

Meyer, the defending world champion in the 25K event, was in the lead pack of Friday’s race from start to finish, keeping pace with the top 10K swimmers in the country. The Ithaca, N.Y., native made his move in the final straightaway, pulling away to a two-second victory, posting a winning time of 2:05:36.90.

With the victory, Meyer qualifies for the 10K at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China July 16-31. The FINA competition will serve as a direct qualifier for the 10K open water event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

For the complete USA Swimming coverage of the Open Water National Championships, click here.