Horsetooth Open Water Swim organizers announced that five collegiate teams have confirmed entry for the 2018 Horsetooth Open Water Swim, four women’s teams and one men’s team. The collegiate teams will compete in the 2.4 mile men’s and women’s collegiate division.

In the women’s event, 99 swimmers from Adams State University, Colorado State University, the United States Air Force Academy, and the University of Northern Colorado will compete for individual honors and the women’s team trophy. Colorado State University’s Haley Rowley took last year’s women’s collegiate title with a time of 0:49:52. Rowley went on to break three school records, earned Mountain West Swimmer of the meet at the 2017-18 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championship and she was named Mountain West Swimmer of the Year. Rowley shares her story and her challenge with mental health in “Out of the Depths: Haley Rowley Shares Her Success Story” by Tony Phifer.  Last year, Rowley was chased by UNC Swimmers Holli Johnsonwho finish second with a time of 0:51:36 and  Jennifer Brown with a time of 0:51:41.

On the men’s side, Air Force Academy’s Colin Green looks to defend his title from last year. His time last year was 0:48:51. Green beat out team mates Ben Brockman (0:48:58) and Riley Delahoyde (0:49:19) for the win.   Air Force Academy’s men’s team is the only men’s team that has confirmed at this point and are a lock to bring home the men’s team trophy unless other teams enter the race. Organizers are still waiting to hear from the University of Denver and the University of Wyoming men’s swim teams about their participation and are excited about the prospects of another border war event or an in-state rivalry swim. 

The dedicated collegiate race was added to last year’s Horsetooth Open Water Swim and was made possible when organizers moved the race date from August to September to avoid boat congestion on the reservoir. The addition of collegiate events has led to an increase interest from local teenage and youth swimmers, hoping to be noticed by the collegiate coaches. Organizers are hosting a youth open swim clinic on August 25, 2018 at the Horsetooth Reservoir Swim Beach at 8:00 AM. The clinic will be taught be a number of seasoned endurance swimmers including multiple IRONMAN competitors and English Channel swimmers Joe Bakel and George Thornton.

The marque event of the Horsetooth Open Water Swim is the 10 kilometer race that feature endurance swimmers from across the USA and the world. Anheuser Busch is a proud Title Sponsor of the Horsetooth Open Water Swim 10k race.

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