Melissa Gorman Wins New Zealand Ocean Swim Series

Melissa Gorman Wins New Zealand Ocean Swim Series

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Australian Olympian Melissa Gorman comfortably won this season’s State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series and the final race of the season on Auckland’s North Shore today.

Her victory at the State King of the Bays, a 2.8 km swim from Milford Beach to Takapuna Beach, enabled her to take home a $10,000 cash prize.

For Gorman, the series win is her third in a row as she proved too strong for her rivals, finishing more than a minute clear of Wellington’s Emma Robinson and Charlotte Webby. Her focus now is a World Cup race in Portugal in June in which he hopes to grab a spot in the Australian team for the Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast in August, as she continues her recovery from shoulder surgery last year.

I’ve felt better and better as the series has gone on, which means I’m slowly getting fitter and faster. I’ve now got a couple of months to get ready for that race in Portugal, so winning here is good confidence going into that.”

Today’s race was held in superb conditions with sunny skies and a flat sea. The sun definitely shown on event director Scott Rice’s series. “This season we’ve seen the strongest elite fields that we’ve ever had. This series is now premiere ocean swim series in Australasia and it will be back again next year.”

2014 State King of the Bays Results:

1. Melissa Gorman (Gold Coast) 29:37
2. Emma Robinson (Wellington) 30:41
3. Charlotte Webby (New Plymouth) 30:53
4. Jessica Walker (Gold Coast) 31:43
5. Stefannie Gillespie (Invercargill) 32:39

2013/2014 Series Standings:

1. Melissa Gorman 400.00
2. Charlotte Webby 391.86
3. Emma Robinson 391.83
4. Jessica Walker 386.99
5. Courtney Carson 289.87

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