Sub­urbs to City at­tracts 200

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

MORE than 200 swim­mers took to the Swan River on March 18 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 start­ing 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 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,” she said.

Ad­mit­ting her com­pet­i­tive spirit never re­ally left her, Trick­ett was ec­static to place third in the swim.

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

“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.

Break­ers Swim­ming Club’s Bradley Smith nar­rowly took out the open male cat­e­gory, a tough com­pe­ti­tion all sea­son.

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

Olympic cham­pion Libby Trick­ett with swim­mers Phoebe Macgillivray and Breaze James.

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