The 2019 State Open Water Swim Championships were held today at Brighton under the auspices of both Swimming SA and Masters Swimming SA. This the first time these events have been held concurrently. Conditions were generally favourable although a strong SW breeze made the downward leg more challenging. A new venue and in-water finish with electronic timing added appeal while the combined resources of the two organisations ensured the event ran smoothly. There were a total of 170 entries (163 who swam) in the jointly sponsored 1.25 and 2.5 km events (146 Masters and 24 Swimming SA members).
The overall Masters Male and Female winners in the 2.5 km event were Mark Preiss (Aquadome Otters) and Steph Palmer White (Adelaide Masters). The 1.25 winners were Ian Young (Marion Marlins) and Jo Sutcliffe (Henley Beach).
Three SA Masters also contested the longer Swimming SA events with Leila Nazimi (Henley Beach) finishing second in the 7.5km event.
Team Trophies were hotly contested with Marion winning the Aggregate Points Trophy (ahead of Henley Beach and Atlantis) while Aquadome Otters won the Average Points /Swimmer Trophy (ahead of Marion and Atlantis).
The Marie Dingwall trophy for contribution to open water swimming was awarded to Garth Hayter of Marion Marlins.
The Barb Pearce trophy for oldest Female to complete the 2017-18 Open Water Series was presented to Pauline Smith (Henley Beach).
Thanks to Garth Hayter and his Marion Team and Leanne Beames, working on behalf of Swimming SA and Masters Swimming SA, for an extremely well organised event. We hope to build on this success!