Hayden Squance still ahead in Port Nelson sea swims
Xavier Anderson came close to upsetting Hayden Squance's domination of the Port Nelson sea swims on Thursday night.
With the first leg of the 950m race heading south against the tidal flow, Squance chose the tactical, but slightly longer option of swimming closer to Rocks Rd. However, the current wider out was less than expected, so Squance rounded the first mark in third place with work to do.
It was a flurry of arms and legs towards the finish, as Squance hauled in Anderson and Matai McGuinniety on the return.
In a virtual photo finish, Squance took the race in 11 minutes flat with Anderson a second adrift and McGuinniety taking third in 11min 24sec, ahead of Terry Bone (11.30) and Benjamin Munro (11.52).Bree Anderson (11.54) was the first woman to finish from Piper Riley (12.07), Sierra Thomas (12.15), Georgie Trengrove (12.19) and Leah Friend (12.21).
With many regulars away, the field of 105 was the smallest in recent seasons, far below the average turnout of 150, giving many swimmers the chance to gain valuable season points.Husband and wife duo Bill Revell and Karen Nancarrow made the most of things, both moving to the top of their respective 60-69 age groups and showing good form as they focus on this weekend's Port of Tauranga Half Ironman.
Ralph Hetzel clung to the top of the leaderboard in M70+, ahead of Les Le Bas and Derek Eaton, who is clawing his way back after missing a couple of swims early in the season.
Christina Harris followed Squance on the longer route in the early leg and that may have opened the door for Jude Vincent (13.20), who needs no encouraging and led her opponent home by ten seconds to take a one point lead in F50-59.Greg Dykzeul (13.38) now leads M30-39 while Ruth Thomas (14.47) took full points in F30-39 to move to the top of the table ahead of Megan Begg.In the short race over 550m, Zara Aydon (6.48) had a clear win from Skye Humphries (7.23), Robert Sheridan (7.47), Emily Dalton (8.16), Lucy Martin (8.19) and Lauren Penney (8.20).Swimming continues in the series on Thursday.
Information and full results at nelsonseaswims.co.nz.