Jordan Wilimovsky of Malibu won the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle Saturday at USA Swimming’s Winter National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, his third victory in four days.
Wilimovsky won in 15 minutes, 5.96 seconds, 9.36 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Anton Ipsen of Denmark.
The 24-year-old Wilimovsky won the 800-meter freestyle Wednesday in 7:56.88, 13.07 ahead of Brennan Gravley of Las Vegas, and the 400-meter freestyle Thursday in 3:50.78. Mitch D’Arrigo, a Gainesville, Florida resident who competed for Italy in the 2016 Olympics and switched his affiliation to the U.S. in 2017, was second in 3:51.91.
Wilimovsky won the men’s 10-kilometer open water race at the 2015 FINA World Championship and was fifth in the event in the 2016 Olympics.
Wilimovsky graduated from Malibu High School in 2012. He completed his college swimming career at Northwestern in 2017.
Wilimovsky said he began swimming when he was 9 years old to qualify for the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division’s Junior Lifeguard Program, which required participants to swim 100 yards in one minute, 50 seconds.
Wilimovsky failed to meet that standard in his first attempt, then joined the swim team at the Palisades-Malibu YMCA in 2004 and qualified for the Junior Lifeguard Program.
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