Record field for 100th Perth Swim Thru

The start line of the 3.5km Challenge at the Perth Swim Thru
The start line of the 3.5km Challenge at the Perth Swim Thru

BYRON Kimber (17) beat Rhys Mainstone (28) for line honours in the 3.5km Challenge at the 100th Perth Swim Thru that raised $16,000 for Telethon Speech and Hearing on Sunday.

Kimber finished the swim in 38 minutes 37.3 seconds, just one 100th of a second in front of Mainstone.

Byron Kimber and Rhys Mainstone

Nicola Fraschini (37) was third with a time of 39:39.

Jaime Bowler (37) continued her winning streak as the first female across the line in a time of 41:25 ahead of Laura Shyrock (30) in 42:07 and Kristy Brackstone (39) 46:09.

There was a record field of 440 registered swimmers for Australia’s oldest open water swim that finished at Matilda Bay near the UWA Water Sports Centre.

The Ron Grannery Trophy for youngest swimmer to complete the 3.5km swim from the city to Matilda Bay was 14-year-old Ashley Blaquiere who finished in 49:50.

Subiaco Primary School was heavily represented in the 250m Try-It category and took out the Primary School Swim-Off for the third consecutive year while the team from Carbon Group won their own inaugural Carbon Group Corporate Cup in the 800m Splash.

The hotly contested Australian Animal floatie CEO Challenge was won by Reconciliation WA’s James Back.

1.6km Classic finisher Andrew Goldswain

The first male and fastest swimmer in the 1.6km Classic was Rahul Jegatheva (17) in a time of 21:23, while the first female and second overall was Nicola Corsbie (56) in 24:26.

Line honours and first female in the Carbon Group 800m Splash went to Ashley Aranda (28) who completed the swim in 13:07 and second overall and first male was Damon Pavlos (35) in 13:49.