Will Youth Be Served At Swim The Swam?

Will Youth Be Served At Swim The Swam?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

National teams from Australia, United States, Malaysia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Canada, Japan, France and the Netherlands are supporting the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series Open Water Challenge.

Also known as the Swim the Swan, the BHP is a pool swimming, open water swimming and water polo extravaganza in Perth, Western Australia.

The 2013 event’s 10 km race was won by Rhys Mainstone and 2-time Olympian Melissa Gorman. The 2014 event was won by Jarrod Poort of Australia and Ashley Twichell of the U.S.A.

But the race – on both the men’s and women’s sides – may be the most competitive elite 10 km marathon race of the 2015 season other than the 2015 FINA World Championship 10 km race which serves as the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim qualifying race.

The youngest, hottest open water swimmers like Chelsea Gubecka, Becca Mann and Sharon van Rouwendaal will not only face Olympic medalists Haley Anderson and Keri-Anne Payne, Olympians Heidi Gan, Melissa Gorman, Yumi Kida, Aurelie Muller as well as FINA World Cup and Grand Prix winners Eva Fabian and Christine Jennings.

Women’s 10 km Marathon Swim start list:

1. Haley Anderson (23) U.S.A.
2. Miki Asayama (19) Japan
3. Tristin Baxter (22) U.S.A.
4. Alessandra Colombini (17) Australia
5. Bianca Crisp (15) Australia
6. Alice Dearing (17) Great Britain
7. Sacha Downing (17) Australia
8. Zoe Elkerton (21) Australia
9. Jessica Errington (22) Australia
10. Eva Fabian (21) U.S.A.
11. Heidi Gan (26) Malaysia
12. Melissa Gorman (29) Australia
13. Chelsea Gubecka (16) Australia
14. Chloe Gwynne (16) Australia
15. Penelope Hayes (23) New Zealand
16. Danielle Huskisson (21) Great Britain
17. Caitlyn James (19) Australia
18. Christine Jennings (27) U.S.A.
19. Yumi Kida (29) Japan
20. Savannah King (22) Canada
21. Kareena Lee (21) Australia
22. Bridget Maher (26) New Zealand
23. Rebecca Mann (17) U.S.A.
24. Victoria Mock (17) Canada
25. Aurelie Muller (24) France
26. Miho Nakayama (18) Japan
27. Nao Okubo (21) Japan
28. Keri-Anne Payne (27) Great Britain
29. Risa Yoshioka (19) Japan
30. Suzanne Ryan (17) Australia
31. Nerice Smith (19) Australia
32. Yura Taniguchi (17) Japan
33. Sarah Thompson (16) Australia
34. Sharon van Rouwendaal (21) Netherlands
35. Jessica Walker (25) Australia
36. Samantha Watts (21) Australia
37. Charlotte Webby (26) New Zealand
38. Alice Whiley (23) Australia
39. Kaoru Yamanaka (26) Japan

Women 5 km Start List:
1. Kate Bird (21) Australia
2. Lily Cawood (14) Australia
3. Sigrid De Vries (22) Australia
4. Isabel Dubois (15) Australia
5. Nicola Hamilton (17) Australia
6. Rebeka Weller (20) Australia

The 2015 Swim The Swan will be held in Perth’s Swan River on February 1st, starting at the Barrack Street Jetty – WA Rowing Club where there will be 500m, 1.25 km, 2.5 km, 5 km and the 5 km team challenge in addition to the elite and amateur 10 km race.

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