Ashley Twichell

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Ashley Twichell accepting the bronze medal at the 5 km race at the 2011 World Swimming Championships
Ashley Twichell with Andrew Gemmell (left) and Sean Ryan (right) as part of the gold medal winning 5 km Team Pursuit event at the 2011 World Swimming Championships
Ashley Twichell preparing for the 2011 FINA 5K in Shanghai, China
Ashley Twichell in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Queen of the Sea competition
Ashley Twichell (born 1989) is a world-class pool and open water swimmer from the United States and a member of the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team. She trains under coach Bill Rose at the Mission Viejo Nadadores.

She won a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 2011 World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China. She was also the first recipient of the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation (FCEF) "Work the Dream" grant and the winner of the 2012 Speedo 10 km Challenge at the Midmar Mile. She also won the 2013 Queen of the Sea competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 2013 Midmar Mile, and the 2013 World University Games 10 km marathon swim in Kazan, Russia.

She works for Open Water Source as a reporter and writer.



Twichell is a native of Fayetteville, New York and a graduate of Duke University in 2011. She is the daughter of Terry and Deirdre Twichell. She has three older siblings Brandon, Ryan, and Carly. She currently trains with fellow USA Swimming national team members Chloe Sutton and Christine Jennings at the Mission Viejo Nadadores in Mission Viejo, California under the direction of coach Bill Rose.

International Career

She teamed with Andrew Gemmell of the University of Georgia and Michigan University's Sean Ryan to record a time of 57:00.6, winning the gold medal at the 5K Team Event at the 2011 FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China. Twichell also earned the bronze medal in the women's 5K event at the World Championships in a tight race. It was her first international competition. She won the grid race at the 2012 King and Queen of the Sea competition and the 2012 Queen of the Sea race, both televised nationwide by TV Globo, on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Domestic Career

She won the 5K race at the 2011 USA Swimming National Open Water National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and finished third in the 10K to earn a spot on the USA Swimming national team. She was also selected as the 2011 Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming.

Twichell's busy summer of competition also included a third-place performance in the women's 800 free at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships in August. She notched a time of 8:35.20 in the finals of that event to qualify for the Olympic trials next June.


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