May 4th, 2015

Weinberger gets confidence, ticket to worlds
May, 04, 2015
COZUMEL, Mexico – Olympic bronze medallist Richard Weinberger of Victoria took 12th spot in the men’s 10 kilometre at the fourth stop on the FINA Open Water Swimming World Cup on Saturday and earned a berth for the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships this summer.
 
Jack Burnell of Britain won the gold in one hour and 42 minutes and 06 seconds with Esteban Enderica Salgado of Ecuador second in 1:42.10 and Simone Ruffini of Italy third in 1:42.13. Weinberger was only 14 seconds behind the victor in 1:42.20.
 
The competition attracted a very strong field since it was a worlds qualifier for several countries.
 
‘’This was one of the most difficult open water events I’ve been involved in,’’ said Weinberger. ‘’We were continuously bombarded by the waves and the chops which made it difficult to stroke properly. So you really had to use your core body strength to get through.’’
 
The conditions forced the swimmers to stay closer to the shore.
 
‘’There was a lot of fighting for position,’’ said Weinberger. ‘’I think the collisions were unintentional but you had to really battle for your spot if you didn’t want to get eaten up.’’
 
Weinberger was pleased with his race.
 
‘’It gives me a lot of confidence,’’ he said. ‘’The field was probably stronger than a world championship because top countries like Brazil, Germany and the U.S. could field more of their best swimmers. On the last lap I was really well positioned but it was rough and I didn’t want something unfortunate to happen like getting disqualified. ‘’
 
Eric Hedlin of Victoria of Victoria grabbed the second world championships spot placing 29th. Philippe Guertin of Montreal was 33rd, Xavier Desharnais of Sherbrooke, Que., was 42nd. and Nicolas Massé-Savard of Gatineau, Que., 43rd.
 
In the women’s 10-kilometre, Haley Anderson of the U.S. took the gold.
 
Jade Dusablon of Quebec City was 27th and U.S.-based Canadian Samantha Harding 39th. As the top-two Canadians they gain berths on the world team.
 
‘’It was my first open water race this season, so I was pretty happy with my performance,’’ said Dusablon. ‘’I kept pace on the first five laps and I felt I had a strong finish.