McGuinniety makes short work of ebbing tide

PETER GIBBS
Last updated 14:09 07/12/2012

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When the tide is pouring out of the harbour, you can't go far north from the Nelson Yacht Club until you run into the wharf.

That meant last night's race four in the Port Nelson swim series was a little short, making it into a sprint of 800m for the top competitors.

There's not much to choose between the top men until they dig deep into their reserves in the final sprint, and Kaiori McGuinniety proved for the fourth week in a row that he's a master over the last few metres.

He won in 8min 21sec, 10 seconds ahead of Harrison Dean, with Matt Hansen, Luke Kelly and Simon Kneebone not far behind.

Lisa Birkett was consistent too, taking out the women's race for the third consecutive week from Libby Gray, Pip Dwyer, Philippa Kennard and Charlotte Handforth.

Competitors in the short course faced a longer course than usual as they covered more than 400m.

For the first time this summer, Matai McGuinniety was pushed from the top spot by Georgie Trengrove in a thrilling finish that could have gone either way.

Brooke Matheson, Clara Foster, Hannah Clark and Briar Waugh were next to finish.

Swimming continues next week with a longer course and an incoming tide. Results and information at nelsonseaswims.co.nz.

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- The Nelson Mail

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