A Ripping Time At Swim Classic

07 January 2020
Competitors make their way across the finish line.

More than 1,000 swimmers competed in the 32nd Rip View Swim Classic on Sunday, with favourable conditions making for an excellent finish.

There was a great turnout for the 2020 Rip View Swim Classic.
There was a great turnout for the 2020 Rip View Swim Classic.

Part of the Great Victorian Swim Series and swum over two distances – 1.4km and 3.8km – the race is run by the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club at Santa Casa Beach in Queenscliff, Victoria.

With many swimmers taking part in open water swims each weekend, there was a real sense of community and fun, even at the start line when game faces were on. So much so, the 50-60-year age group were told to quieten down for the starter race call!

More than 200 volunteers, including Red Cross Volunteers who were fundraising for bushfire affected areas across Australia, came together at the event, while race director Liam Petrie-Allbutt was joined by television presenters Matt Preston and Sabina Reid, who were interviewing swimmers and presenting winners over the course of the day.

Matt Preston and Sabina Reid interview the winners fresh from the water.
Matt Preston and Sabina Reid interview the winners fresh from the water.

 

Competitor Helen Whitford – a regular No.1 podium placegetter for her age group – took the spoils in the 1.4km race and has committed to swim 60km throughout January for team Victoria in the Australia Swims challenge.

For all race results, click here.

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed! Make sure you get behind your state in the Australia Swims Challenge and download the iSwim app to track your distance as you go.

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