Ashley Twichell

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Ashley Grace Wall (born 16 June 1989) is a 31-year-old world-class pool and open water swimmer from the United States and a member of the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team. She trains under coach John Payne at the SEAL Innovation Team.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Results[edit]

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil, 29) 1:59:30.90
2. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands, 27) 1:59:31.70
3. Kareena Lee (Australia, 27) 1:59:32.50
4. Anna Olasz (Hungary, 27) 1:59:34.80
5. Leonie Beck (Germany, 24) 1:59:35.10
6. Haley Anderson (USA, 29) 1:59:36.90
7. Ashley Twichell (USA, 32) 1:59:37.90
8. Xin Xin (China, 24) 2:00:10.10
9. Lara Grangeon de Villele (France, 29) 2:00:57.0
10. Finnia Wunram (Germany, 25) 2:01:01.90
11. Samantha Arévalo (Ecuador, 26) 2:01:30.60
12. Cecilia Biagioli (Argentina, 36) 2:01:31.70
13. Yumi Kida (Japan, 36) 2:01:40.90
14. Rachele Bruni (Italy, 30) 2:02:10.20
15. Anastasiia Kirpichnikova (Russian Olympic Committee, 21) 2:03:17.50
16. Paula Ruiz Bravo (Spain, 22) 2:03:17.60
17. Angelica Andre (Portugal, 26) 2:04:40.70
18. Kate Farley Sanderson (Canada, 21) 2:04:59.10
19. Alice Dearing (Great Britain, 24) 2:05:03.20
20. Paola Perez (Venezuela, 30) 2:05:45.00
21. Michelle Weber (South Africa, 24) 2:06:56.50
22. Krystyna Panchishko (Ukraine, 23) 2:07:35.10
23. Li-Shan Chantal Liew (Singapore, 22) 2:08:17.90
24. Spela Perse (Slovenia, 25) 2:08:33.00
25. Souad Nefissa Cherouati (Algeria, 32) 2:17:21.60


  • Twichell is a native of Fayetteville, New York.
  • She is a graduate of Duke University in 2011.
  • She is the daughter of Terry and Deirdre Twichell. She has three older siblings Brandon, Ryan, and Carly.
  • She trained with fellow USA Swimming national team members Chloe Sutton and Christine Jennings at the Mission Viejo Nadadores in Mission Viejo, California under the direction of coach Bill Rose.

International Career[edit]

She teamed with Andrew Gemmell of the University of Georgia and Michigan University's Sean Ryan to record a time of 56:00.6, winning the gold medal at the 5 km Mixed Relay Event at the 2011 FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China. Twichell also earned the bronze medal in the women's 5K event at the World Championships in a tight race. It was her first international competition. She won the grid race at the 2012 King and Queen of the Sea competition and the 2012 Queen of the Sea race, both televised nationwide by TV Globo, on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Domestic Career[edit]

She won the 5 km race at the 2011 USA Swimming National Open Water National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and finished third in the 10K to earn a spot on the USA Swimming national team. She was also selected as the 2011 Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming.

Twichell's busy summer of competition also included a third-place performance in the women's 800 free at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships in August. She notched a time of 8:45.20 in the finals of that event to qualify for the Olympic trials next June.


Sam Kendricks interviewing Ashley Twichell after she won the 10 km marathon swim at the 2016 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Fort Myers, Florida

Sam Kendricks interviewing Ashley Twichell after she won the 10 km marathon swim at the 2018 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Tempe Town Lake, Arizona

Haley Anderson, Jordan Wilimovsky, Ashley Twichell, and Michael Brinegar finished 3rd in the 5 km Mixed Relay race at the 2019 FINA World Championships in 53:59.00 on 18 July 2019in Gwangju, South Korea.

BiPro Advertisement[edit]

Twichell is a spokeswoman for BiPro USA.

Swimming World TV Interview[edit]

David Rieder interviews Ashley Twichell

2018 RCP Tiburon Mile Broadcast[edit]

Twichell won the 2018 RCP Tiburon Mile

2020 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Qualifiers[edit]

Twichell qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games at the 2019 FINA World Swimming Championships 10 km marathon swim held in Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park in Gwangju, South Korea on 14 July 2019:

1. Xin Xin (China) 1:54:47.20
2. Haley Anderson (USA) 1:54:48.10
3. Rachele Bruni (Italy) 1:54:49.90
4. Lara Grangeon (France) 1:54:50.00
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:54:50.50
6. Ashley Twichell (USA) 1:54:50.50
7. Kareena Lee (Australia) 1:54:50.50
8. Finnia Wunram (Germany) 1:54:50.70
9. Leonie Beck (Germany) 1:54:51.00
10. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 1:54:51.10

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Marathon Swim Coverage[edit]

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