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Former Providence swimmer competes at world open water championships

Former Providence High swimmer Pierce Bradshaw represented Team USA in the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships on Sept. 5-7 in Hungary.

Bradshaw finished with a time of 1 hour, 32 minutes, 45.12 seconds in the boys’ (17-18 years old) 7.5-kilometer swim, good for 26th place.

Bradshaw was selected for the team after finishing 18th at the USA Swimming 5K National Championships in June at Castaic Lake, Calif. He finished in 57:23.035.

Bradshaw is a freshman swimmer at West Virginia.

“When they called me to tell me I was selected, I was really excited, and ready to face the challenge,” Bradshaw told before the world championships. “The open water events are my forte.”

As a senior at Providence, Bradshaw finished sixth in the 500-yard freestyle and helped the 400-yard freestyle relay team finish sixth at the N.C. 4A state meet. He also made the All-Observer boys’ swimming second team as part the relay.