Marina Martinique hosted the fourth event of the Eastern Province Open Water Swim Challenge on Sunday in blustery conditions.

The surface chop made for some tough swimming, especially in the longer distance events.

Rebecca Baard (11yrs) on her way to 3rd place in the 5 K swim.

Caro de Jager once again won the 1 K swim with Anne de Swart winning her age group. Gitta Seyfert and Erin de Swart both came third in their respective age groups.

De Jager backed up her win in the 1 K with a second place in the 3 K, rounding off a good weekend’s swimming. Phil Weddel came third in the Master’s race.

Danie Rautenbach displayed a lot of courage in completing the 3 K swim, after undergoing medical treatment during the week preceding the swim.

The star of the Swim Challenge Series was undoubtedly Rebecca Baard (11 yrs) who swam her first 5 K swim and came out the water in third position in the open category.

“It was the most tiring swim I have ever done and all I wanted to do is finish. Coming third was such a bonus and my coach gave me an easy session on Monday to recover”, said an elated Becky about her swim.

Brenton Williams during the 7.5 K swim using the butterfly stroke. Photo: Carl Newman

JC Van Wyk claimed second position in the Masters 5 K event, narrowly missing a South African qualifying time.

John Abbot, who used the 5 k as a Bell Buoy qualifier, came third in the 5 K masters swim.

The Original Jeffreys Bay Ugg Boot - by Instep Leather

A new event was introduced at the weekend’s swim – a 7.5 K, which is the new distance being introduced by FINA this year.

Jeffreys Bay butterfly swimmer Brenton Williams tacked the distance and completed his swim in 2 hours 35 minutes to claim second place in the event. He was followed by Buzz Friday who is also in training for the Bell Buoy Challenge.

The next open water event is on 1 April at Marina Martinique. Online entries can be done at www.ecswim.co.za

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