Sean Seaver of Ketchikan finished in 24th place during Saturday's 25-kilometer race at the World Open-Water Swimming Championships in Montreal.
Seaver, a Ketchikan High School graduate who now lives and trains in the Seattle area, was one of two American men to finish the event. Seaver took 24th place in 5 hours, 30 minutes, 10.9 seconds. The other American, John Kenny, finished 19th in 5:17:33.2.
The two Americans struggled to keep up with the intense early pace. Spain's David Meca won the race in 5:00:21.4, followed closely by Australia's Brendan Capell in 5:00:23.6 and Bulgaria's Petar Stoychev in 5:00.28.4. The top seven swimmers finished within 14 seconds of the winner.
"We had a tough day," U.S. open-water swim team coach Rick Walker said in a press release. "The pace set at the beginning of the race was amazing."
Seaver, Kenny and top American female swimmer Erica Rose, who took ninth place in 5:26:47.9, combined to give the U.S. fifth place in the team standings. Rendy Lynn Opdycke, the other American female in the 25K race, wasn't able to complete the course.
When results from the 5K and 10K races earlier last week were added into the team standings, the United States took fourth place overall and won three medals - one gold and two silver - in the two shorter races.
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