Olympian Tony Dodds shows his class in Port Nelson Sea Swim Series
Olympic triathlete Tony Dodds took advantage of the calm conditions to sneak past Hayden Squance and win by a second in Thursday night's Port Nelson Sea Swim Series, upsetting the teenager's unbeaten record this season.
Race five of the series took competitors from the yacht club out to the dolphin navigation marker before swinging toward Rocks Rd and taking a final leg parallel to the shore and against the tide for a swim of just over a kilometre.
Dodds, who is putting in a training spell with Richmond swim coach Andy Adair, stopped the clock at 11min 7sec, with Squance on 11.08.
Xavier Anderson stayed close throughout, taking third in 11.13, ahead of Wanaka swimmer Janus Staufenber (11.21).
Luke Kelly was fifth to finish in 11.48, ahead of Talya Harwood (11.53), who narrowly turned the tables on Caitlin Delany (11.54).
Julius Staufenber (11.59) joined his brother in the top ten, which was rounded out by Terry Bone (12.16) and Matai McGuinniety (12.28).
With Adair's Richmond swim squad in attendance, the women's field was completely dominated by younger swimmers.
Flossie Van Dyke (13.06) was the only non-teen in the top ten, with Jude Vincent (13.44) 11th, holding off Christina Harris (13.46) to rise to the top of the table in F50-59 by one point.
With many clear age group leaders emerging, Megan Begg 15.27) slipped a point ahead of Ruth Thomas (15.34) in F30-39.
Hamish Neill (12.47) has a clear lead in M50-59, the largest age group in the competition, but Andrew Martin (13.42) and Denis Cooper (13.53) are locked together in second place.
Karen Nancarrow (19.24) and Victoria Martin (19.52) are just a point apart at the top of F60+, but Margaret Johnston (16.41) won that age group this week and seems certain to lead the points table soon.
With some of the short course leaders opting for the longer race in the calm conditions, first-timer Nicholas Paulin (6.37) won over the swim of about 450m from Brad O'Leary (6.55), Gamma Langley (7.07) and Robert Sheridan (7.14).
Attention now moves to the opening race in the Clements Windows and Doors Endurance Series on Sunday.
The Opening Splash starts at 7.30am from Tahunanui Beach, taking competitors on a 2km swim parallel to Rocks Rd and ending at the Nelson Yacht Club.
Full results and details at nelsonseaswims.co.nz.