Heaton and Squance dominate Sunday's Opening Splash sea swim

Competitors set off on Sunday's Opening Splash sea swim from Tahunanui Beach to the Nelson Yacht Club.
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Competitors set off on Sunday's Opening Splash sea swim from Tahunanui Beach to the Nelson Yacht Club.

Conditions were dodgy in the leadup to race one of the Clements Windows and Doors Endurance Swim Series on Sunday.

Sunshine gave way to a chilly rain squall as competitors signed up on Tahunanui Beach for the Opening Splash to the Nelson Yacht Club, but the sun came out and apart from a rough section in the opening few hundred metres the 2km swim took place in good conditions.

Two teenagers have had a stranglehold on the Port Nelson swim series this summer and they weren't letting go of their domination.

Thomas Heaton of Nelson finished first during Sunday's Opening Splash sea swim from Tahunanui Beach to the Nelson Yacht Club.
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Thomas Heaton of Nelson finished first during Sunday's Opening Splash sea swim from Tahunanui Beach to the Nelson Yacht Club.

Thomas Heaton touched down at the yacht club ramp in 24min 58sec, with Hayden Squance continuing the pattern established in every sea swim this season, finishing second in 26min 38sec.

Talya Harwood has been the dominant woman this season. The 16-year-old continued her winning streak, finishing in third place with a time of 27min 48sec.

Terry Bone (28.06) and Matt Hansen (28.08) sprinted to a tight finish just a touch ahead of Jody Keefe-Laing (28.11).

Marlborough swimmer Paul Sell (29.03) took the seventh spot, with Simon Kneebone (30.08), Jon Linyard (30.18) and Denis Cooper (31.54) bringing up the top 10.

Another Marlborough swimmer, Jodie Lovell, took the second female spot, finishing in a time of 32min 1sec.

Christine Harris (32.20), Kerry Mathieson (32.45), and Jude Vincent (33.03) were the next women to finish.

In the short swim over 600m from the Richardson St steps to the yacht club, Cheryl De Lange (16.35) finished ahead of Annie Jones (16.49) and Alison Couldrey (17.15).

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On Saturday, 10 Nelson sea swimmers were among 1232 swimmers to take part in race two of the national ocean swim series, the 2.9km Harbour Crossing, from Devonport to the Viaduct Basin in Auckland.

Christine Harris was the sole Nelson medallist, taking bronze in F50-54 in a time of 48min 38sec.

Other Nelson results: Terry Bone 43.33 4th M40-44,  Paul Fisher, 53.40 23rd M45-49, Stu Hebberd 55.04 4th M65-69, Roger Matheson 56.20 32nd M50-54, Brian McGurk 59.58 20th M55-59, Debbi Bamfield 1.06.08 21st F50-54, Les Le Bas 1.11.39 9th M70-74, Richard Bamfield 1.13.23 77th M50-54, Ralph Hetzel 1.15.57 12th M70-74. 

 - Stuff

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