2022 MSSA Open Water Swim Championships Summary
The 11th annual MSSA Open Water Swim Championships were held on 16 January at Somerton Beach. There was a record 168 entries (161 who swam) in the 1 and 3 km events. Conditions were superb on the day.
The overall Female and Male winners in the 3 km event were Leila Nazimi (SHB) and Liam McHugh (SUS) while the 1km winners were Stephanie Palmer White (SAM) and Mark Preiss (SAO).
Team Trophies were hotly contested with Marion winning the Aggregate Points Trophy (ahead of Atlantis and Phoenix) while Uni SA won the Average Points /Swimmer Trophy (just ahead of Aquadome Otters and Phoenix).
Golden Marlin trophies for completing 10 Marion swims were presented to Joe Bayer(SPM ), Andrew Cranley (SNO), Ron Hardie (SMR), Leila Nazimi (SHB), Grant Simpson (SPM) and Andrew Smith (SMR) while Roman Zaika (SAM) was presented with a 20 year award.
The Barb Pearce Trophy, awarded to the oldest female to complete all open water swims in the 2020-21Channel Nine Open Water Swim Series season was awarded to Pauline Smith (SHB), age 79.
Thanks to Ben Warr, Open Swim Coordinator and all the Marlins who assisted on the day and Somerton SLSC for providing excellent water cover.