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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Swimming In Smoothy Waters

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

A father, son and daughter have all completed the inaugural 25 km marathon swim in the Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub event in Perth, Western Australia, across the iconic Rottnest Channel from Leighton Beach to Rottnest Island.

The first ever Port to Pub event was held on March 19th with two races open to swimmers – a 20 km race for solos, duos, and teams of 4 and 6 swimmers, and the 25 km marathon solo swim, the longest open water swim in Australia.

17-year-old bone cancer survivor Samuel Smoothy (7 hours 15 minutes) led the way, with 55-year-old dad Martin Smoothy following in 8 hours 30 minutes, and 16-year-old sister Esther Smoothy finishing in 9 hours 36 minutes.

Coach Shelley Taylor-Smith said of the Smoothy Train, "Father Martin and son Samuel completed the first father-and-son duo relay swim across the English Channel last year. Samuel is leukaemia survivor who was on steroids for years for his recovery.

Sister Esther swam her first Rottnest Channel solo 20 km in February and then backed up with her first solo 25 km ultra-marathon in the inaugural Port to Pub swim in March. Meanwhile, Martin and Sam swam their first 20 km solo Rottnest Channel swim in 2015, and then decided to take on the English Channel.

A fourth Smoothy family member, 13-year-old son Luke swam his first duo race in Port to Pub 20 km category with coach Claire Evans because he was too young to compete in the solo category. Luke turns 14 in May and we will coach him through a solo that weekend or the following so he can achieve his goal to swim across the Rottnest Channel

25 km Results
1. Bradley Smith 5:34:33.1 (13:22 min/km)
2. Rebekah Weller 6:08:57.0 (14:45 min/km) first female
3. Naomi Watters 6:18:06.9 (15:07 min/km) second female
4. Jon Harrison 7:00:54.0 (16:50 min/km)
5. Damon Brown 7:10:35.2 (17:13 min/km)
6. Samuel Smoothy 7:15:20.0 (17:24 min/km)
7. Rob Herkes 7:32:31.0 (18:06 min/km)
8. Michael Berry 8:20:23.6 (20:00 min/km)
9. Martin Smoothy 8:30:25.8 (20:25 min/km)
10. Esther Smoothy 9:36:56.3 (23:04 min/km) third female
DQ Tim Garrett
DNF Megan Stephens

The Port to Pub 20 km race was similarly a family affair for Perth’s Prendiville family. Mark Prendiville (5 hours 53 minutes 54.5 seconds) and Michael Prendiville (5 hours 53 minutes 55.3 seconds) finished in front of Patrick Prendiville (6 hours 34 minutes).

The next Port to Pub swim will be held on March 25th 2017 with registrations opening in October 2016.

20 km Results
1. Sian Williams 4:57:51.2 (14:53 min/km) first female
2. Kieren Jon Lawrenson 5:15:51.3 (15:47 min/km)
3. Lucy Gibson 5:35:33.0 (16:46 min/km) second female
4. Stephen Junk 5:37:32.5 (16:52 min/km)
5. Mark Murphy 5:45:17.3 (17:15 min/km)
6. Mark Prendiville 5:53:54.5 (17:41 min/km)
7. Michael Prendiville 5:53:55.3 (17:41 min/km)
8. James Julian 5:58:08.5 (17:54 min/km)
9. John Edwards 6:02:07.8 (18:06 min/km)
10. Stephen O'Keefe 6:02:54.7 (18:08 min/km)
11. Russell Lyton-Brown 6:03:57.7 (18:11 min/km)
12. Shane McGurk 6:07:59.4 (18:23 min/km)
13. Jonathan Timms 6:12:31.3 (18:37 min/km)
14. Rowena Burch 6:19:02.8 (18:57 min/km) third female
15. Jon Turner 6:19:17.4 (18:57 min/km)
16. Alana Dennis 6:27:46.2 (19:23 min/km) fourth female
17. Andrew Mitchell 6:32:11.3 (19:36 min/km)
18. Patrick Prendiville 6:34:13.7 (19:42 min/km)
19. Rochelle Haynes 6:35:10.5 (19:45 min/km) fifth female
20. Andrew Page 7:04:39.2 (21:13 min/km)
21. Miecha Bradshaw 7:34:10.7 (22:42 min/km) sixth female
22. Hannah Mae Brown 7:48:01.4 (23:24 min/km) seventh female
23. Di Twigg 10:10:58.7 (30:32 min/km) eighth female
DNF Deirdre Kelly

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