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Open Water Swimming Series: Suburbs to City

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Monday 13 March 

With 13 rounds of competition in the 2016/17 Open Water Swimming Series completed, WA’s best and brightest open water swimmers are set to battle it out in the Swan River for one final show down.

On Saturday18 March the Series will culminate with its 14th and final round – Suburbs to City - a 1.3km dash from South Perth Foreshore to Elizabeth Quay.

“This is a really exciting event and a great way to end the season,” said Swimming WA Events Manager Natalie Woolfitt.

“We’ve seen some photo finishes over the summer and I’m sure Saturday’s swim will be one to remember. The points are razor thin across some categories so it top three places will come down to who can make it from the suburbs to the city the fastest.”

The open male category remains the tightest race with just 20 points separating leader Bradley Smith and second place holder Will Gurr.

26-year-old Smith had a later start to swimming, joining his local swimming club at age 23 to train for a solo Rottnest Channel crossing. Meanwhile18-year-old Gurr has been a regular on the open water circuit since 2013, and has moved up to the open category for the first time this year.

“Will has been making waves in the Series for a long time now so it’s very exciting to see him doing so well in the open division,” said Ms Woolfitt

“He’s up against some tough competition including national competitors, but his consistency over the Series could pay off if he records a fast swim next weekend.”

Both competitors will be in good company for their Swan River sprint as they’re joined by four time Olympic gold medalist Libby Trickett.

“Libby will be flying over to compete in the event” said Ms Woolfitt.

“She’s still very quick in the water and she’ll be giving our Series regulars a good run for their money.”

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