On Sunday, February 4, Tristan Thompson 2019 won the Men's 5-kilometer Open Water Swim event in the Atlantic Medical Barracuda Invitational Swim Meet held in Nassau.
This race marked Thompson's first full 5k and first open water race, yet he was still able to dominate the competition, finishing a full two minutes ahead of the second-place contender.
"I was honestly very surprised," Thompson said of his time. "Even though I have done extreme sets such as 100x100s (400 laps) on a low rest interval in practice, that set didn't compare to this 5k full of rough waves and foggy goggles."
You can see the full results from the Atlantic Medical Barracuda Swim Meet here.Thompson is working hard to earn a spot on the Bahamas National Team for the 2018 CARIFTA Swimming Championships, an annual aquatics event for Caribbean nations held by the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees. Thompson says that his win has given him confidence and he looks forward to competing in upcoming qualifying meets for his chance to swim for the Bahamas.This feat was no easy task. Thompson trains up to four hours per day, swimming with Asheville School's team and the Asheville Swim Club and punctuating his practice schedule with three days a week of strength and conditioning. "Tristan has trained very hard this past year and has improved significantly," said Asheville School Swim Coach Frank Kriegler. "He is a leader on the team in terms of his commitment and attitude."