A bumper weekend of open water events has helped kick off Australia Swims, with nearly 3,000 people pulling on their goggles across Saturday and Sunday.
The Portsea Swim Classic marked the first event of the campaign, while flocks of people headed down the coast for the Queenscliff 180 Family Swim which took place the following day.
With participants pledging their distance to the Lap Australia Challenge, the eight teams currently sit on a combined total of 10,387.04kms, placing them over the most Northern most tip of Australia – Cape York.
Portsea Swim Classic
More than 2,000 swimmers hit the water to take part in the 1.5km race, which saw participants head west around Police Point and finish at Jarman Oval at the historic Quarantine Station in the Point Nepean National Park.
In addition to the ‘Classic’ race, the day also incorporated a 2.5km swim and a ‘Dash 4 Cash’, which was won by Aussie Dolphins Jorden Merrilees and Jess Hansen.
Swimming superstar Sam Shepperd continued his good form from the Lorne Pier to Pub, taking out the men’s open category as well as the 2.5km race, while Dominique Hart proved too fast for Georgia Moloney in the junior female division.
1.5km Classic Junior (Female)
1st Dominique Hart (14:25.9)
2nd Georgia MOLONEY (14:35.4)
3rd Katya RICHARDSON (14:36.8)
1.5km Classic Junior (Male)
1st Tom Regan (14:11.2)
2nd Morgan Morffew (14:18.7)
3rd Malachy Brennan (14:23.6)
1.5km Classic Open (Male)
1st Sam Sheppard (12:58.0)
2nd Jordan Merrilees (13:09.3)
3rd Robbe Dilissen (13:42.1)
1.5km Classic Open (Female)
1st Kelly Stubbins (14:27.7)
2nd Jessica Hansen (14:48.5)
3rd Georgia Stott (14:51.0)
1st Sam Sheppard (M Open) (23:12.2)
2nd Dominique Hart (F Junior) (25:00.2)
3rd James Dickson (M Open) (25:17.0)
Queenscliff 180 Family Swim
Organised through the Great Victorian Swim Series, the Queenscliff 180 Family Swim consisted of two races – a 500m race for juniors and a 1km course for adults.
Enjoying the warm conditions, hundreds lined the foreshore to watch the event, with Kelly Stubbins winning the open female category and Jack Lazzar taking home the men’s title.
It was the second day in a row Stubbins competed, after also winning the women’s open category at Portsea Swim Classic on Saturday.
500m Junior (Female)
1st Taylor Mason (00:06:47)
2nd Miranda Cooney Hunt (00:07:00)
3rd Amber Henderson (00:07:05)
500m Junior (Male)
1st Cooper Edwards (00:06:08)
2nd Alexander Williams (00:06:43)
3rd James Davey (00:06:50)
1km Open (Female)
1st Kelly Stubbins (00:09:05)
2nd Emmason McCurley (00:09:07)
3rd Kiera Bates (00:09:19)
1km Open (Male)
1st Jackson Lazzar (00:08:30)
2nd Darius Schultz (00:08:59)
3rd Kurt McDonald (00:09:02)
This Australia Day weekend will also play host to a number of open water events, with the Swimland Great Australia Day Swim taking place on Saturday at Brighton in Victoria, while Brighton beach in Adelaide will hold the 2019 Australian Open Water Championships.
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