Swim: Mission Viejo Nadadores' Burns, Heron make national team (update)

April 28th, 2012, 8:33 am ·

· posted by DAN ALBANO,

The Mission Viejo Nadadores delivered an impressive showing at the open water national championships Friday in Florida.

Ashley Twichell of the Mission Viejo Nadadores, pictured left, captured the women's 10K open water national championship to keep her hopes of qualifying for this summer's Olympics alive.

Twichell finished in 2 hours, three minutes and 6.03 seconds to advance to the Olympic Qualifier Event in Portugal on June 9.

The Nadadores' Janardan Burns (Aliso Niguel) and David Heron (Mission Viejo) -- both high school juniors -- finished second and third, respectively, behind male winner Andrew Gemmell.

Burns and Heron both made the U.S. national team with their finishes.

"The Nadadores dominated!" Nadadores coach Tyler Fenwick said in an e-mail. "Both boys (Burns and Heron) ran down pro's and college athletes to claim spots in the top 3."

Burns and Heron also qualified for Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Honolulu in August. Fenwick also has been named to U.S. coaching staff for the Junior Pan Pacific meet, his first international staff appointment.

The Nadadores' Christine Jennings and Brooke Lorentzen (Capo Valley) placed third and 13th, respectively.

Photo by Mike Lewis

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