The USA Swimming Open Water Nationals are returning to Castaic Lake this spring after a two-year hiatus, USA Swimming announced Wednesday. There will be a lot on the line May 19-21. The men’s and women’s 10-kilometer events will serve as qualifiers for the 2017-18 National Team, National Junior Team and a number of international events. “We’re looking forward to another exciting weekend of open water racing at Castaic Lake,” Bryce Elser, USA Swimming’s Open Water Program director, said in a press release.
FROM THE VAULT: 2013 Open Water Championships coming to Castaic LakePeople can watch from the south swim beach area. Frankly, there will be more to look at as the wettest December since 2005 has significantly raised the lake’s water level. It’s a stark contrast from where the man-made reservoir sat this time last year. As for the Open Water Nationals, a stand-alone Junior National Championship (for swimmers 16 and under who have met the qualifying standards) will be featured for the first time — something Elser is excited about. “The addition of Junior Nationals will provide more up-and-coming swimmers an opportunity to experience open water racing and creates a direct pathway from the junior ranks to our National Team,” he said in the release. The event will run from Friday, May 19, through Sunday of that week. The Castaic Lake staff will set up the course (placing the buoys and measuring them out) and will also provide lifeguarding personnel for the event. For the full schedule, visit www.USASwimming.org.