EILAT, Israel – University of Alabama freshman Kensey McMahon battled to a sixth-place showing in the 10,000-meter race at the FINA World Junior Open Water Championships being held in Eilat, Israel this week.

McMahon finished less than three seconds behind fellow American Erica Sullivan, with a time of one hour, 57 minutes and 47.4 seconds over the 10k course. McMahon, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., stayed with the lead group throughout the swim, moving up from ninth over the last third of the race.

Sullivan and McMahon made the USA the only nation with two finishers in the top nine. The USA was also the only squad with two swimmers under two hours in the race. Spain’s Paula Ruiz Bravo took the gold with a time of 1:57:21.9.

This was McMahon’s second trip to the World Junior Championships after competing for the United States at the 2016 championships.