From the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere, from solo swimming to mass starts, with and without wetsuits, English Channel record holder Trent Grimsey is on the hottest streak in the open water swimming world.

After dominating the ultra-marathon swimming circuit, the 2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix champion also destroyed the field at the State Paihia Classic, the kick-off event of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series.

The 24-year-old Queenslander started fast and ended even faster. He distanced himself by a huge margin over second-place Kane Radford over the 3.3 km race from Russell to Paihia.

His winning time of 40:34 was exactly one minute ahead of New Zealand’s Radford, who finished just ahead of Auckland’s Phillip Ryan, and Codie Grimsey in fourth.



Grimsey was 50 meters ahead at the one kilometer mark, and doubled his lead to 100 meters by the 2K mark. “This was the first time I’d swum in a wetsuit since last year, so that took about 200 meters to get used to, but after that I felt really good,” said the Queenslander.



In the women’s race, Charlotte Webby (shown on left) was even more dominant. She won by over two and a half minutes, ahead of 17-year-old Aucklander Kirsty Wannan. Webby is looking for even better performances in the future. “My goggles kept fogging up today, which wasn’t ideal. But in a way I’m pleased these kind of issues came out today, so I can sort them out ahead of other five races in the series.”

The racing conditions were flat under bright skies for the over 600 swimmers competing on the day.

Both Webby and Grimsey earned 100 series points for their wins which puts them in the driver’s seat to earn the $20,000 grand prize for the series.

And it looks like Grimsey will add to his air miles in order to go after the grand prize. He confirmed that he will enter all of the other five rounds of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. The other rounds include Auckland’s State Harbour Crossing on December 2nd followed by four races held in the new year in Wellington, Akaroa, Mount Maunganui and Takapuna.

2012 State Paihia Classic Results:

Mens Elite:
1. Trent Grimsey (Cashmere, Queensland) 40:34
2. Kane Radford (Auckland) 41:34
3. Phillip Ryan (Auckland) 41:38
4. Codie Grimsey (Cashmere, Queensland) 41:39
5. Jonathan Whittle (Auckland) 46:00

Womens Elite:
1. Charlotte Webby (New Plymouth) 45:14
2. Kirsty Wannan (Auckland) 47:48
3. Courtney Carson (Lower Hutt) 47:59
4. Natalie Woodgate (Auckland) 51:08
5. Bridget Maher (Auckland) 51:41



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