Stefannie Gillespie Sprints To Victory In Akaroa

Stefannie Gillespie Sprints To Victory In Akaroa

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Stefannie Gillespie was dominant at today’s 2.8 km State La Grande Swim in Akaroa, New Zealand.

Gillespie was tied with New Zealand national 5 km open water champion Penelope Hayes with 500 meters to go, but a burst of speed saw her surge into the lead and enabled a comfortable 21-second advantage at the finish.

New series leader Abi Chapman finished second while Hayes settled for third.

With the season heading towards its culmination, the State Ocean Swim Series now heads to Mount Maunganui next month, for race #5 of the 6-race series.

2014 State La Grande Swim Results:
1. Stefannie Gillespie (Dunedin) 35:05
2. Abi Chapman (Auckland) 35:27
3. Penelope Hayes (Cambridge) 35:33
4. Sam Winward (Christchurch) 36.40
5. Gendi Roberts (Christchurch) 36:46

2014/2015 Series Standings (after 5 rounds):
1. Abi Chapman 287.16
2. Gendi Roberts 285.06
3. Aimee Moss 284.80
4. Charlotte Webby 200.00
5. Laura Crockart 197.72

Photo of Stefannie Gillespie, courtesy Simon Watts/BW Media.

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Steven Munatones