Last-Second Surge Leads Meyer to 25K World Championship

ROBERVAL, Canada. – After earning a spot on the U.S. Open Water Swimming team with a pair of fourth-place results at the national championships in June, Alex Meyer ’10 captured the 25K World Championship title Thursday afternoon in Quebec. Meyer was the only American swimmer in the top five, besting 20 other swimmers in the field.

Despite never leading at any point during the race, Meyer stayed close to the pack and within seconds of the leaders throughout the competition. At the 22.5K mark, Meyer stood in second place by just two seconds and topped Valerio Cleri of Italy at the finish line by one second to claim the title. Meyer and Cleri finished more than a minute ahead of third-place Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria and more than 40 minutes ahead of the final competitor to cross the finish line.

Up next for Meyer is the Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Open Water Swimming Championships which will take place Aug. 22 in Irvine, Calif.

For full results of the 25K Open Water World Championships, click here.