Mann Up.  Will Mainstone Rhys To The Occasion Again?

Mann Up. Will Mainstone Rhys To The Occasion Again?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Two-time defending champion Rhys Mainstone of Australia has entered again in Monday’s Waikiki Roughwater Swim, a day after he will compete in the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Maui.

He has the potential to become the first man to three-peat in the iconic 2.4-mile race off the shores of Oahu.*

But Mainstone’s tough competition and travel schedule will be matched by Becca Mann.

Mann is also another previous champion of the 2.4-mile race from under Diamond Head volcano to the end of Waikiki Beach, winning in 2012, the last time she entered the race…only days after winning the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 10 km marathon swim.

* Luane Rowe of Australia and local Nadine Takai-Day of Hawaii are the only athletes to have won the Waikiki Roughwater Swim four consecutive times.

Rowe’s recent history in the event is remarkable: she was the first women who finished 8th overall in the 2008 race, first woman finishing 10th overall in the 2009 race, first woman finishing 23rd overall in the 2010 race, first woman finishing 18th in the 2011 race, second to Mann in the 2012 women’s race, and second to Miranda Bell in the 2013 women’s race.

Nadine Takai-Day was the first athlete to four-peat when she won in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988.

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Steven Munatones