Wa­ter polo team vic­to­ri­ous

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha’s male wa­ter polo swim­mers blitzed the Vir­tual Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim in just un­der four hours on Satur­day morn­ing as en­thu­si­as­tic swim­mers from across the re­gion dived in for the pop­u­lar an­nual event.

The Kar­ratha Leisure­plex, Wick­ham Re­cre­ation Precinct and Ex­mouth’s Pal­tridge Me­mo­rial Pool all hosted the sim­u­lated Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim this year.

In Kar­ratha, the com­pe­ti­tion’s other wa­ter polo team Mar­lins women came in sec­ond at 4hr 57min, just un­der an hour later than their male coun­ter­parts.

The other teams of 10 com­pleted their swims in close suc­ces­sion with the Chlo­rine Trouts fin­ish­ing in 5hr 36 min., the Pil­bara Red Dogs in 5hr 59min., and the Sharks in 6hr 9min.

Kar­ratha’s only team of four, Cryp­tos wimid­ium, which in­cluded City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long, came in at 7hr 2min.

Mar­lins men’s team mem­ber Tris­tan Lynn said his team were pleased to have beaten their record time from last year by about 10 min­utes af­ter a mid-swim switch from al­ter­nat­ing 100m sprints to 50m sprints.

“We were do­ing 100s first, and once we got to about 4km out we thought let’s move to do­ing 50s be­cause we were all feel­ing in the arms, par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond 50,” he said.

“That helped bring our aver­age down quite a bit.”

The Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion also ran this year’s Kar­ratha event, now in its fifth year, tak­ing over from pre­vi­ous or­gan­iser Tepi Smith.

Mr Lynn said it was en­cour­ag­ing to see such a va­ri­ety of swim­mers get in­volved in the vir­tual swim.

“We’ve got a cou­ple of new­com­ers, we’ve got a cou­ple of peo­ple who have come back for the sec­ond time, so I think we have a re­ally good va­ri­ety and re­ally good rep­re­sen­ta­tion,” he said.

Team of four the Wick­ham Wa­hoos held a sep­a­rate event at the Wick­ham Re­cre­ation Precinct swim­ming pool and pushed them­selves hard to fin­ish in a time of 7 hr 47 min.

Swim­mer Sue Har­ris said the team had all taken on the vir­tual swim chal­lenge for the first time as a per­sonal fit­ness chal­lenge and were proud of their ef­fort.

“By the time we’d fin­ished we were pretty ex­hausted,” she said. “We did it in 500m in­cre­ments, so we did 10 lots of 500m each, which equalled our 5km (per per­son).”

In Ex­mouth, team of 10 called 10 Lit­tle Fishes fin­ished first in a time of 6hr 24min. at the Pal­tridge Me­mo­rial Pool.

Not far be­hind, also com­ing in at un­der the seven-hour mark, was Mother Ducks at 6hr 52min.

Round­ing out the swim were the Nin­ga­loo Ne­mos, Nor­west Blowies, Team Koontz, Sink or Swim and fi­nally the well­named In It To Fin­ish It.

Shire of Ex­mouth act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Keith Wood­ward con­grat­u­lated the young 10 Lit­tle Fishies team on their first-placed ef­fort.

“It was an awe­some ef­fort from those young swim­mers and they should also be recog­nised for rais­ing money for such a wor­thy cause,” he said.

Money raised will go to the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

The Mar­lins men's team were the first to fin­ish the Kar­ratha Vir­tual Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim.

Cryp­toswimid­ium, in­clud­ing team mem­bers Me­gan Wood-Hill, Dan Ped­er­sen and Vicki Long, was the only team of four in the Kar­ratha com­pe­ti­tion.

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