Van Wyk, Newman triumph at Cold Water Classic

2016-07-21 06:00
Abriella Bredell (9) swam her first ever sub 15°C Mile, wearing nothing more than her costume, goggles and swim cap.                                  Photo: DIRK ERASMUS

Abriella Bredell (9) swam her first ever sub 15°C Mile, wearing nothing more than her costume, goggles and swim cap. Photo: DIRK ERASMUS

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EXPERIENCED open water swimmers JC van Wyk from Jeffreys Bay and reigning Cold Water Classic Champion Rebecca Newman respectively took home the trophy at the fourth annual Cold Water Classic at Marina Martinique over the weekend.

Newman won her third title with a dominant swim in the Triple Mile event with a time of 1:17:47. Van Wyk followed on her heels with a time of 1:19:00.

Allowed to wear only costumes, goggles and a swim cap for the Triple Mile, swimmers braved the cold with the water temperature at 14°C and the wind at a chilly 12°C. This, however, did little to deter some of the most extreme open water swimmers in South Africa from completing the distances ranging from a mile to a triple mile.

“The water was way warmer than last year’s where we had to deal with 11°C water. I felt comfortable the entire swim,” said Newman after her victory.

One of the stars of the Cold Water Classic, presented by Nicholas Melck Properties, was nine-year-old Abriella Bredell, who swam her first ever sub 15°C mile - in just her costume, goggles and swim cap.

“I wear a wetsuit when I surf, but I want to swim Robben Island, so I have to get used to the cold water and swim in my costume,” said a satisfied Bredell after her swim.

Bredell aims to swim the Robben Island – Blouberg Beach crossing in the next few years.

Triple Mile

1. Rebecca Jade Newman (female/23) 1:17:47

2. JC van Wyk (male/50) 1:19:00

3. Brendan Lock (male/46) 1:19:11

Double Mile

1. Slater Black (male/14) 47:16

2. Paige Black (female/13) 50:43

3. Stanford Slabbert (male/57) 54:30

Mile Bioprene Results

1. Manuel Strydom (male/17) 27:00

2. Rolf Kickhofel (male/50) 30:00

3. Jaco Barnard (male/24) 30:47

Mile Neoprene

1. Josh Tucker (male/15) 24:30

2. Greg Tucker (male/49 25:49

3. Wesley Smith (male/37) 29:08

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