Sunny conditions, 22 degree water temperature and enough easterly wind to present a challenge, ensured the success of Round 2 of the Metsi Open Water Swim Series at Marina Martinique on Sunday.
The 5 K was the first event in the water and a nice tussle developed between Chris Reid, Daniel Jones and Byron Lockett, with Reid eventually taking the honours in a time of 1:02:17, with Jones finishing a mere 3 seconds behind.
“It was a tough swim especially on the leg where we swam against the chop but I enjoyed it”, said Chris Reid afterwards.
Metsi Water Solutions have sponsored R 6 000 in the 5 K swim, making the event worthwhile for open water swimmers to visit Jeffreys Bay and take part in the World Championship distance.
Kirsten Marriott completely dominated the women’s division in a time of 1:08:26 with up and coming open water swimmer Nepo Ntsono coming second and Amy Mardon third.
Veteran swimmer PJ Duffy had a good 5 K swim and finished in a time of 1:12:17.
The bank to bank (75m) swim took place next with Noah de Swart, Issataya Bredell, Abriella Bredell and Christiaan Van Wyk all having good swims.
Nine years old Nadia Van Zyl and Matthew Grey were the only two entrants in the 500 m with Nadia taking the honours after a tough swim in testing conditions.
Dylan Smith was the overall winner of the 1 K swim with Jade Grobbelaar the first female to finish the swim.
Kaylene Corbett, Erin de Swart, Margie Young and Anne de Swart were the respective age group winners in the women’s divisions while Joel Carlse, Hennie Theron and Rencke de Swart won the men’s age group categories.
Phil Weddell won the wetsuit division.
Jamie-Lee Engelke won the womens division in the 3 K swim with Hannah Haswell, Tammy Geyer, Angela Finlay, Adele Hunter-Smith, Denise Bosman and Elsa Craig winning their respective age groups and Michelle Enslin won the wetsuit division.
Credence Pattinson won the men’s 3 K swim with Kyle de Lange, Ryan Lopes, Alan Searle, Duncan Edwards, Ralph West and Francis Searle winning the age group categories.
The next open water event is the Aquabear 2 K which comprises of a team trial event as well as a 2 Km swim at Marina Martinique on 16 December.
The ever popular Marina Mile will take place on 21 and 22 December. Visit www.swimmingplus.com for more information.