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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Chelsea Gubecka Swimming Well Towards Rio

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

On the international scene, there may not be many expectations to see Chelsea Gubecka on the Olympic podium at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, but the 17-year-old Australian will carry the hopes of the proud freestyling lifesaving nation on its shoulders in Copacabana Beach this August.

Taking the mantle from world champion and 2-time Olympic marathon swimmer, Gubecka absolutely dominated the 2016 Australian Open Water Championship 10 km race in Mooloolaba, a tourist resort on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia.

Gubecka and local Mooloolaba swimmer Kareena Lee will represent Australia at the final Olympic qualification race in Portugal this June.

Gubecka, Kareena and Japanese hopeful Yumi Kida will next meet in the 5 km race tomorrow and in Portugal where they must finish in the top 9 or be the first in their continent (Oceania or Asia) in order to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

2016 Australian Open Water Championships 10 km Results:
1 Chelsea Gubecka (17) 2:04:29.37
2 Kareena Lee (22) 2:06:08.98
3 Yumi Kida (30, Japan) 2:06:12.02
4 Sarah Thompson (17) 2:07:09.12
5 Niikura Minami (17, Japan) 2:07:15.32
6 Zoe Elkerton (22) 2:07:20.53
7 Stephanie Horner (26, Canada) 2:07:23.41
8 Charlotte Webby (27, New Zealand) 2:08:53.30
9 Samantha Watts (22) 2:14:43.22
10 Penelope Hayes (24, New Zealand) 2:14:47.56
11 Vicky Mock (18, Canada) 2:15:11.81
12 Sofia Jenson (20) 2:15:16.96
13 Emily Seymour (19) 2:16:39.02
14 Yuriko Hirano (17, Japan) 2:18:19.14
15 Holly Dever (19) 2:19:52.12
16 Zoe Whitfiled (23) 2:21:58.46
17 Sarah McNevin (19) 2:22:21.18
18 Nerice Smith (20) 2:24:54.43
19 Jenna Freeman (19) 2:26:55.97
20 Bridget Maher (27, New Zealand) 2:27:31.75
DQ Jessica Errington (23)

Warming up for the 5 km and 10 km races, both elite and age-group:

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