Trio in tight finish at classic
A RECORD 1100 swimmers, malibu and stand-up paddle boarders, and runners competed in the 2.2km Swanny Ocean Classic on Saturday.
“This event, run by over 120 volunteers, raised more than $10,000 for the club, which will allow for the purchase of new surf lifesaving equipment,” organiser Nick Hudson said.
The three top male swimmers racing from Cottesloe to Swanbourne beaches reached the finish with less than three seconds separating first-placed William Rollo (20) in 22m 3s, Tim Hewitt (43) 22m 4s and Andrew Donaldson (25) in 22m 6s.
The first woman across the line was Jaime Bowler (35) from City Beach in 23m.
The annual race featured a run between the beaches won by Michael Martin (18) from City Beach in 5m 48s and the first woman Ari Foster (16) from Wannanup in 6m 56s.
Malibu board racer Joseph Anderson (19) from Nedlands was the first man to arrive in 13m 23s and the first woman was Cottesloe’s Sophie Lloyd (15) in 13m 53s.
The stand-up paddleboard section was won by Luke Hallam (26) in 12m 4s and the first woman was Nicki Jones (43) 14m 48s.
The youngest swimmer was Dolce Walker (12) who completed in 34m 12s, while the oldest was Tony Harris (78) who took just over 58m.
Winning swimmers Tim Hewitt, William Rollo and Andrew Donaldson.