DANIEL Jones showed his supremacy in open water swimming on Sunday morning after winning the 5km swim at Settlers Dam in the second round of the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics’ EC Swim Series.
Leading from start to finish in the tough windy conditions on Sunday morning, Jones held off a spirited challenge from young Dylan Smith to win the 5km swim in a SA qualifying time of 1hr 6min with Smith just 3 seconds back and Nicolas Adam finishing in third place in 1hr 9min.
In the ladies’ 5km swim PEA’s Jessica Canter won in a qualifying time of 1hr 9min from Amy Mardon who also qualified in 1hr 22min.
Disabled swimmer Standford Slabbert, swimming his first 5km of the season, fought conditions particularly difficult, finishing in a time of 1hr 44min. Rebecca Newman withdrew from the 10km swim after 7.5km due to concerns of a shoulder injury. The wind caused havoc in the late morning, ripping one of the marker buoys off out of position causing the cancellation of the 3km swim as the leading swimmers were starting their last lap.
In the 1km swim it was 14-year-old Teagan Strydom who won in a time of 15min 10sec from Oscar Liss and Heinrich Vorster whilst 11-year-old Grahamstown swimmer Shaelyn Walker won the girls’ race in 18 min 19 sec from Leebe Venter and Emma Koster.
The youngest swimmer on the morning, 9-year-old Jodi Hobson from Grahamstown, finished third in the 13 and under age group in a time of 27min and 23sec. Graeme van Zyl and Liesl Brown were the victors in the 1km wetsuit category. The next EC Swim Series event will be taking place on the January 15, 2016.
aQuellé Ocean Racing Series Sunday
This Sunday sees the return of the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series to Hobie Beach for Round 4 following the record breaking attendance at Round 3 a fortnight ago. All the action on Hobie Beach starts at 9am with the start of the 3km Ocean Swim, followed by the 5km Beach Walk, 2km Ocean Swim, 5km Beach Run, 1km Ocean Swim and the Kids 1km Beach Run.
The Series is only open to Series Members, with a once off membership fee of R50 possible online (www.oceanracingseries.com) or on Sunday morning at the venue. Entry into the swim events is just R60, beach events are R40 and the kids 1km run is just R30. The Series concludes for 2015 on Sunday, December 6 and will take a break till Sunday, January 10.
December sprint distance triathlon
Entries for the 2015 About IT Triathlon Summer Series are open ahead of this popular fun sprint distance triathlon which takes place on December 13, 16, 20 and 26. For entry and other info see www.TriSummerSeries.co.za.