Young duo mix it with the best, smash 10-year mark

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way -

SWIM part­ners Alyssa Ge­orge from St Hilda’s Angli­can School for Girls and Isaac Pol­lard, both 14, com­pleted the Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim on their first at­tempt last week­end, win­ning their age cat­e­gory against oth­ers much older and plac­ing eighth over­all out of 149 duos.

The pair swam an im­pres­sive time of 5 hours and 19 mins, break­ing a 10year record for the youngest mixed duos by nearly half an hour.

They both swim with the Bay View Saints in Mos­man Park and have com­peted at na­tional level meets but this has been their big­gest chal­lenge so far, said Alyssa’s mum Ari­anne Ge­orge.

“They have a rig­or­ous train­ing sched­ule in the pool with up to eight ses- sions a week,” she said.

“Both com­peted in the Rot­tnest Swim Through (1.6km) in De­cem­ber, where Isaac won his age di­vi­sion. He is a na­tional medal­list for his age group for breast stroke.

“Alyssa pre­pared for this chal­lenge by com­pet­ing in a num­ber of open­wa­ter events over the last few months in­clud­ing the BHP Bil­li­ton Su­per Se­ries on the Swan River (2.5km) where she came sec­ond in the 17 and un­der age group.

“She also com­peted in the 3.6km Bus­sel­ton Jetty Swim a few weeks ago. Both found the Rot­tnest Swim dif­fi­cult given the con­di­tions. How­ever they were determined to fin­ish and would not have achieved this with­out the sup­port they gave each other along the way.”

Isaac Pol­lard and Alyssa Ge­orge won their age cat­e­gory in the duos.

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