Hedlin comes up big down under; Michaud qualifies for Nationals

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VICTORIA – Eric Hedlin added two more gold medals to his already impressive collection in the 2016-17 season, winning the 5-km and 10-km races at the Australia National Open Water Championships in Adelaide, AUS.

Hedlin and former Vike Stephanie Horner both competed in the 5-km race on January 29. Hedlin won the men’s event in a time of 54:18.90, almost a minute ahead of second place swimmer Jack McLoughlin who came in at 55:12.60. McLoughlin is an Australian Olympian in the pool, and swam the 1500-metre in a time of 14:48 in Rio.

For his efforts, Hedlin was named the Vikes Muscle MLK™ Male Athlete of the Week. 

Stephanie Horner completed her race in a time of 1:01:24.50, which was good for 7th place in the women’s event.

Hedlin and Horner have both been pre-qualified to compete at the 2017 Open Water World Championships, and will now continue their preparation.

Hedlin also won the 10-km race on January 28 in a time of 1:55:01.30.  In second place was two time Olympian Jarrod Poort, who was over two and a half minutes behind in 1:57:48.30.

Horner came 8th in the women’s 10-km race in a time of 2:09:13.40.  Second-year Vike and native of Adelaide, Christopher Deegan, after missing training for most of the month and considering not competing, finished the men’s race 22nd overall in 2:02:46.00.

Back in Victoria, third-year Vike Sebastien Michaud posted a U SPORTS qualifying time at a Vikes time trial. Two weeks after missing the qualifying time by .06 of a second, Michaud went under the standard and his previous personal-best with a time of 2:03 in the 200-metre IM.

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