George O'Brien, Sarah Thompson Win Noosa Summer Swim

George O’Brien, Sarah Thompson Win Noosa Summer Swim

The weather was anything but bright for the start of the inaugural Noosa Summer Swim held last weekend, but the over 750 swimmers brought a whole lotta bright smiles to an otherwise damp morning.

The Noosa Summer Swim is the latest addition to the Milk & Co Queensland Ocean Swim Series. Olympian Michael Klim took part, “What a fantastic start to the Series. The atmosphere was amazing, I can’t wait for [the next race in the series at Mooloolaba on February 16th.”

George O’Brien took it right at the veterans in the field, English Channel record holder Trent Grimsey and Klim. O’Brien came out on top, but was closely followed by Shane Barrie in second and Josh Ben Squiers in third. Youth won again in the women’s 2 km event with 15-year-old Sarah Thompson taking first in 23 minutes 37 seconds, followed by Pheobe Hines.

The new elite championship that offered prize money for the best overall performer across the 1 km and 2 km events was won by Thompson among the women and O’Brien among the men.

Weekend Warrior Events Director John Guise expects the new event to gain a strong following. “The distances hold appeal for a range of abilities and ages and it’s that diversity that we love to see on the start line. I think we saw the start of something special here at Noosa.”

The next stop for the Milk & Co Queensland Ocean Swim Series is the Mooloolaba Mile. The final two events are Caloundra on March 10th and Coolangatta on March 30th. For more information, visit here.

300m Kids Dash
1. Zoe Hilditch 4:48.99
2. Jake Mckay 5:19.85
3. Matthew Lewis 5:21.66
4. Charli McKinley 5:45.70
5. Chloe Mclennan 5:57.99

Noosa 1 km Swim
1. George O’Brien 10:30.99
2. Sarah Thompson 11:18.43
3. Reece Southall 11:21.82
4. Trent Grimsey 11:22.29
5. Jay Hilditch 11:27.95

Noosa 2 km Swim
1. George O’Brien 21:44.03
2. Shane Barrie 21:52.45
3. Ben Squiers 21:58.19
4. Trent Grimsey 23:23.66
5. Jackson Van Der Zant 23:24.22

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Steven Munatones