A mid-race surge by Emily Brunemann broke up the pack and put the Ann Arbor swimmer in the driver’s seat for a spot on the podium at stop No. 4 on the FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup tour in Roberval, Quebec, Canada today.
Brunemann, a former world champion, finished second behind three-time Canadian Olympian Stephanie Horner in a sprint finish at the end of six circuits of the 1.67-kilometer course in Lac St-Jean. Germany’s Angela Maurer was third.
Brunemann’s surge with two laps to go broke up a 10-strong lead pack, leaving the five strongest swimmers to battle for the top three spots.
A standout in the pool while at U-M, Brunemann is in her final season of top-level open water competition and is expected to swim at the next World Cup race on Aug. 13 in Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada.
Brunemann was tied for 20th in the World Cup standings going into today’s race and Maurer was ranked 12th.