Swimming WA Open Water series: Alkimos event draws 250

Medallists Byron Kimber (bronze), Kieren Pollard (gold) and Jack Wilson (silver).
Medallists Byron Kimber (bronze), Kieren Pollard (gold) and Jack Wilson (silver).

SWIMMERS had calm conditions when they took to the ocean off Alkimos last month.

More than 250 competitors aged from nine to over 50 participated in the Swimming WA Open Water Swimming series event on February 19.

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The 5km race had a thrilling finish when 17-year-old Kieren Pollard outran his teammate to finish in a time of 57 minutes and 13 seconds, six minutes faster than last year’s winner of the same event.

Kieren praised the conditions on the day and said he was happy with his time.

“It was a tactical race and having Jack there to really push the pace in the second half made for a fast race,” he said.

Other winners were Nelli Johnson (9) in the 500m swim, Daniel Macey in the 1.25km and Guy Davis won the 2.5km race.