De Swart wins gold at EP Champs

Jeffreys Bay swimmer Seth de Swart dominated the 3 Km swim at the Metsi EP Open Water Swim Champs and claimed the gold medal at Marina Martinique in his age group last weekend.

JBay local Seth de Swart in action at Marina Martinique
JBay local Seth de Swart in action at Marina Martinique

Seth dipped under 40 minutes and highlighted his undoubted talent in open water and will be a name to look out for in future.

Amika De Jager from St Francis Bay won the women’s 3 km swim and also swam under 40 minutes.

Byron Lockett, a former Marina Mile winner won the 3 km and doubled up by winning the 1 km swim later in the day.

Alan Searle (Humansdorp) and Michelle Strydom (JBay) both claimed 3rd position in the 3 km in their respective age groups.

Rebecca Newman won the 10 km swim in a national qualifying time, with Amy Mardon finishing in second position.

Haydn Holmes from Cape St Francis won the men’s division in the 10 Km, from Dylan Smith.

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Local swimmer JC Van Wyk won the 5 Km swim with Jenny Potts being the first woman home.

Kirsten Marriott won the 1 Km swim, with Byron Lockett taking gold in the men’s race.

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Alan Searle won his age group in the 1 Km swim as did Hannalo Cilliers, while Elza Cilliers took second place with Maarten Oostuizen and Anne de Swart also winning the silver medals.

A bunch of young Jeffreys Bay swimmers all completed the 1 Km swim with Piet and Steyn Foley (9 yrs) leading the charge. Noah de Swart and Dempers Meyer both completed their first ever 1 Km swim as well.

“Conditions were perfect for open water swimming and some fast times were recorded,” said event organiser Brenton Williams.

Round two of the Metsi EP Open Water Swim Champs will take place on 22 February, also at Marina Martinique. The event is sponsored by Metsi Water Solutions.

Entries have opened at www.swimmingplus.com

The JBay Swim Club train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Marina Martinique at 5:45 Pm from the beach at Infood Blu.

All swimmers are invited to join in the training session.

Learn to swim and squad training takes place at Edge Fitness Club during the week and more information can be obtained by emailing [email protected]

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