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Open Water Swimming Series ends on a high

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Saturday 18 March saw more than 200 eager swimmers take to Perth’s Swan River for the 14th and final round of the 2016/17 Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series. 

The inaugural “Suburbs to City” swim saw competitors dash 1.3km from South Perth Foreshore to Elizabeth Quay.

While the conditions were rainy and cool, there was no dampening the excitement at the start line as local swimmers eagerly welcomed Swimming WA ambassador and three time Olympian Libby Trickett, who flew to Perth to be a part of the event. 

“I still try and swim two or three times a week, it’s always following the black line up and down the pool though, so open water is a very welcome change,” said Ms. Trickett.

Admitting her competitive spirit never really left her, Trickett was estatic to place third in this morning’s swim.

“I’m in it for fun and fitness but being up on the podium will always be a bonus for me.

“Having competed at an elite level for so long, a little bit of that competitive nature never really leaves.”

Suburbs to City was also a very important event for those swimmers who have been competing since October to earn points on the Open Water Swimming Series leader board. 

With 13 rounds taking place over the summer, the river rush represented the last opportunity for WA’s best open water swimmers to earn series points. 

“We went into the swim with some extremely tight point scores, with some categories having as little as two points separating first and second place,” said Swimming WA Events Manager Natalie Woolfitt.  

The open male category, which has proved a tough competition all season, was narrowly taken out by Breakers Swimming Club’s Bradley Smith. 

“The leader of the male open category has changed after almost every round, so we knew it would all come down to what they could do this weekend,” said Ms Woolfitt. 

The female under 18s was another competitive category, with Bunbury Swimming Club’s Tahlia Jenson taking out the title after a speedy 15 minute crossing.

“It’s great to see a regional Club being represented at the top of the leader board,

“Tahlia’s been a fierce competitor all season. She’s made some pretty big road trips to Perth and beyond to defend her title, just a few weeks ago she flew from a pool meet in Kalgoorlie, back to Perth to compete in Round 13: Leighton.

“She’s certainly a worthy winner and we’re looking forward to seeing what she can do when she moves into the open category next season.”  

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