Former Wolverine Brunemann Captures Open Water 10K World Cup Title
Emily Brunemann

Oct. 9, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Former U-M All-American and NCAA champion Emily Brunemann won the 2013 Federation International De Natation (FINA) 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup following the last race of the season in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday (Oct. 5).

Brunemann is the first American to win the World Cup in the open water 10K circuit since the format began in 2007. She amassed 107 points in the eight-race competition that began on Jan. 27 in Brazil and concluded half a world away in China nearly nine months later. Brunemann won the first two events of the season in Santos, Brazil (Jan. 27), and Viedma, Argentina (Feb. 2), and she took another first-place finish in Lac St. Jean, Quebec, during the summer (July 25). She also placed second in Shantou, China (Sept. 29), and third in Lac Megantic, Quebec (Aug. 10).

While at Michigan, Brunemann set new standards in distance swimming. She captured the 1,650-yard freestyle title at the 2008 NCAA Championships. During that year she also established Michigan records in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyles that still stand today. Her time of 9:36.67 in the 1,000-yard freestyle remains the Big Ten Conference standard. She amassed five All-America citations and seven All-America honorable mentions during her U-M career. In 2008, Brunemann also captured a pair of Big Ten titles (500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle) and was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year.

Brunemann continues to train with Club Wolverine and is a current member of the USA Swimming National Team. The World Cup champion spoke with shortly after wrapping up her title.

On becoming the first American to win the 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup ... "The result is significant to me for a couple of reasons. First of all, I learned just about everything I know about open water swimming from my dear friend Fran Crippen, who unfortunately passed away during an open water race in 2010. Winning this circuit was something I wanted to do in honor of him and his contributions to my life and this sport. Second of all, I feel that this will raise more awareness in the sport of open water swimming and hopefully encourage younger American swimmers to try it."


On what she learned about herself throughout the season ... "This year I learned that perseverance is everything. I had a couple of rough years and did not know if I would continue swimming. But there was always something pulling me back and I just never felt finished. The year I had renews my passion for what I am doing and fuels my drive to continue."

On her keys to staying focused through nine months of competition ... "My key to staying focused was believing in what I was doing and always having a goal to shoot for. It was pretty easy to stay focused when you have people to train with, but when August hits -- and all the pool swimmers are taking their break -- it is hard to train by yourself without getting a little discouraged if there is no goal in sight."

On her favorite venue to swim in and favorite city to visit during the eight-race schedule ... "I would say Hong Kong, even though it was my worst finish (10th). It has always been one of my favorite races and favorite cities to visit."

On how she will spend the two-week break she is allowing herself ... "This will be my first real break from swimming in about five years. I used to do pool and open water swimming and the seasons overlap so it was difficult to take a break. I am very excited about my break this time, however I will continue with out-of-the-water training to stay in shape. I am only taking a break from swimming."

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