By Tristin Baxter, Sun Devil Athletics
BARCELONA, Spain—Incoming Arizona State freshman swimmer Anna Olasz took fifth place in the Open Water 10K race on Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain at her first-ever FINA World Championships. Representing her home country of Hungary, Olasz clocked a time of 1:58:22.4 putting her just 3.2 seconds behind the first place finisher. Olasz also raced in the 5K Open Water race earlier this week where she placed 12th.
In open water swimming, a10K races typically last around two hours, so having a race strategy before hand is important. Olasz knew what she wanted to do from the start of the race.
"My plan was to be at the end of the lead group in the first two laps and try to avoid the fighting [for position] and then to get a better position in the third and forth lap,” said Olasz. “The last 200 meters was especially crazy and I died a bit at the end, but my dream was to be in the top six, so I can't be unhappy with that!"
Olasz's first World Championship experience isn't over yet though, she will be competing on Thurs. July 25 in the 5K teams race. The competition consists of teams of three swimmers from each country with the winning team having all three swimmers cross the finish line first.
Olasz will join the Arizona State swimming and diving program in August for her freshman year.