Debut win for Sam Sheppard in Rottnest Channel Swim

First Female Swimmer across the line Jamie Bowler at the Rottnest Swim 2019 Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au   d491130
First Female Swimmer across the line Jamie Bowler at the Rottnest Swim 2019 Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d491130

FIRST to cross the finish line in Saturday’s Rottnest Channel Swim was Victorian Sam Sheppard.

Sheppard made an impressive debut into the 19.7km iconic and tough West Australian event.

Male Winner and First Swimmer across the line Sam Sheppard at the Rottnest Swim 2019 Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d491130

Despite not breaking the record Sheppard still made good with his four hour, 11 minute and 22 second finish time.

“The last couple of kilometres was pretty tough but I’m pretty happy with that (swim),” he said.

“My plan was to get to 10km and pick it up from there – that was the difference.”

First female to cross the line was Jamie Bowler with a time of four hours, 44 minutes and 41 seconds.

With a smile that lit up the crowd the City Beach resident said things got tougher just after the halfway mark.

“I found it harder after the 10 kilometre mark – everyone was finding it hard.

“I’m so happy I made it.”

First duo to cross line was the Rollo brothers as Team Tommybay with a time of four hours, three minutes and 16 seconds.

In an emotional finish, the pair dedicated the race to their father who passed away from cancer last year.

They raised money for cancer research at Cancer Council WA from their swim.

First female duo; Ella Packer and Mia Harrison who formed team Zem crossed the line in five hours, four minutes and 49 seconds.

First female duo over the finish line Ella Packer of Mindarie and Mia Harrison of Connolly at the Rottnest Swim 2019 Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d491130

Team Kai Eardley Fund was the first to cross the line out of the teams category.

Leaving Cottesloe Beach in the ninth wave of swimmers; Patrick Hoey, Andrew Donaldson, Ryan Roche and Viktor Wallden Fridsjoe set the pace at 13 minutes and four seconds to complete the swim with an overall four 17 minutes and 44 seconds.

First brother and sister duo to cross was Team Sheppard: Bradlee and Kristen Sheppard of Como with a time of five hours, seven minutes and 53 seconds.

Dubbed ‘Queen of the Swim’ Coolup resident Barbara Pellick added the rare few of swims past to have completed their 30th swim.