The 2020 SA State Open Water Swim Championships returned to West Beach on 12 January for the 9th annual event. Competitors enjoyed near perfect conditions with warm air and water temperatures, light wind and calm seas. There was a total of 124 entries (121 who swam) in the 1 and 3 km events (100 Masters and 24 Non-members).
The overall Male and Female winners in the 3 km event were San Tebeck (Non-Member) and Leila Nazimi (Henley Beach). The 1km winners were Mark Preiss (Aquadome Otters) and Lee O’Connell (Adelaide Masters).
Team Trophies were hotly contested with Marion winning the Aggregate Points Trophy (ahead of Tea Tree Gully and Adelaide) while Western Districts won the Average Points /Swimmer Trophy (ahead of Tea Tree Gully and Atlantis).
The Marie Dingwall Trophy for contribution to open water swimming was awarded to Yumi Brown of Aquadome Otters who certainly embodies the Masters’ spirit of friendship, fitness and fun.
The Barb Pearce Trophy for Oldest Female to complete the 2018-19 Channel 9 Open Water Swim Series was presented to Terry Carter of Atlantis.
Golden Marlin trophies for completing 10 Marion swims were presented to Meredith Ryan (Marion), Lee O’Connell (Adelaide), Vanessa Tricker (Tea Tree Gully), George Crowder (Marion) and Stephen Carthew (Marion). Madeleine Edgley-Smith and Eithne Mayton received trophies for completing their 20th swim.
Thanks to Ian Young and his Marion Team for an extremely well organised event. Special thanks to Mike Perkins and his Team for preparation of the results and to Stephen Carthew for once again ensuring that almost everyone left with a prize.