Hayden Squance and Flossie Van Dyke shine in rough seas at Port Nelson swim series
Hayden Squance and Flossie Van Dyke dominated the longer event at Thursday's Port Nelson Sea Swim, while Matai McGuinniety and Sierian Tranter were first to finish in the short event.
Rough seas on the back of Wednesday night's big weather event caused a shortening of both races, making them a fast and exhilarating slog into the waves. The rough conditions combined with the absence of many young swimmers at national events meant numbers were down, with 113 taking part compared the season average of 140.
Squance led out over the triangular course of about 700m to finish in a time of 7 minutes 38 seconds, comfortably ahead of Luke Kelly (7.53), Terry Bone (8.09), Jody Keefe-Laing (8.24) and Matt Hansen (8.28).
Flossie Van Dyke (8.54) was the fastest female swimmer, finishing in eighth overall ahead of Kerry Mathieson (8.58).
The competition continued in the F50-59 section, with Christine Harris reversing the trend of recent weeks, finishing in 9min 19sec, ahead of Jude Vincent (9.36).
After ten swims, that leaves Vincent with a narrow advantage of two points in the season table, with the eventual winner being taken on the best twelve results of the possible 17 swims.
Other age groups are far more clear cut, with Hamish Neill (8.32) continuing to dominate M50-59 after a sixth place finish this week, two places ahead of Denis Cooper (8.52).
Margaret Johnston continues her domination of the F60-69 section, finishing in 43rd in a time of 11min 21sec.
Derek Eaton has been busy travelling the country competing in national events, so only has seven swims under his belt, his win this week leaving him in third place on points behind regular attendees Ralph Hetzel and Les Le Bas in M70-79.
Matai McGuinniety stepped down in distance and easily burgled the short swim over 400m, finishing in 4min 29sec, ahead of Seirian Tranter (5.22), Gemma Langley (5.23), Nicholas Paulin (5.30), Robert Sheridan (5.31) and Mia Langley (5.46).
The series continues next Thursday.