Endurance swim goes swell for youngster
Hayden Squance took advantage of ideal conditions to dominate the opening race of the Clements Endurance Series from Tahunanui Beach to the Nelson Yacht Club yesterday.
A field of 103 took part in either the 2km long event or the shorter option from the Richardson St steps to the yacht club.
After a short series of swells from the beach, conditions were near perfect as swimmers splashed north parallel to Rocks Rd.
Simon Kneebone was intent on crashing the party, but the teenaged Squance swam steadily to finish in 25 min 15 sec with a lead of more than a minute.
Jody Keefe-Laing was next, ahead of Blenheim's Paul Sell.
Christchurch swimmer Lynette Griffith belied her 52 years as she cruised to fifth place in 27 min 18 sec, well clear of Matai McGuinniety, Denis Cooper and Chris Vincent, with Pip Dwyer taking ninth spot, ahead of Matt Newberry.
Kerry Mathieson and Jude Vincent took the third and fourth women's spots ahead of Marlborough swimmers Emma Moore and Jodie Lovell.
In the 600m short event, brothers Harry and Charlie Perkins battled stroke for stroke, with Harry, 14, having the edge over Charlie, 12, by two seconds at the finish.
Jane Alloway, Nadine Ford and Su Scott were next to finish.
The next race in the Clements series is the 28th Eyebright Mile on January 4, while the weekly Port Nelson series continues on Thursday.
Results and information can be found at nelsonseaswims.co.nz.
- The Nelson Mail