Kouga Express EP Open Water Swim Series ends on a high note
Michael Marais and Jessica Roux emerged as the leading swimmers in the Eastern Province Open Water Swim Series that was held at Marina Martinique, Jeffreys Bay during the 09/10 swim season.
Six events, sanctioned by Swim South Africa were held during the summer which catered for the different distances in open water swimming from the 10 K right through to the entry level 1 K.
Marias and Roux will be competing in the 10 K swim at the South African Senior National Swim Championships in Durban during April after having recorded qualifying times in their first attempt over this distance in January.
Both swimmers improved their times dramatically over the past weekend when the last event of the series was held in Jeffreys Bay. Marais swam a 2 hours 09:19 while Jessica Roux recorded an solid 2 hours 12:29 which should ensure that she will be at the business end of the 10 K women’s race at the South African Championships.
Mike Zoetmulder, the organizer of the Series said he was impressed with the entries for the last 10 K event of the season. “In addition to our top competitive swimmers, we had another six entrants in the 10K, all of them over the age of 40 which shows the sport has appeal to the top master’s swimmers as well as the open age group”, said Zoetmulder.
Brenton Williams, the coach of the Kouga Swim Club won the 10K master’s race from Russel Tucker with Greg Tucker, both from Port Elizabeth taking third spot. SanMarie Woithe won the women’s masters race.
Michael Marais then followed up on his 10K win by taking the honours in the 5K swim the following day, beating the ever improving Jonathan Roux into second position. Tammy Geyer won her first 5K swim of the season, finishing ahead of Mary Anne Stott.
Burgert Van Der Westhuizen had a fine swim in the 3 K event
Open water swim stalwart Rebecca Newman won the 3 K event from Chane De Jager and Francesca Pedrosa while master’s swimmer JC van Wyk had an impressive swim to win the men’s race from Brenton Williams and Richden Jute. Burgert Van der Westhuizen (70 yrs) from Jeffreys Bay swam strongly to complete the 3K swim in less than an hour, beating some younger competitors along the way.
Danielle Van Os won the 500m girl’s race from Kim Seyfert (both from Jeffreys Bay). Andre Saunders did well in his first 500m swim of the season.
Dominic Greeff won the 1K swim while Lauren Munton took the women’s race. Pieter Ellis (9 yrs) was the youngest swimmer to tackle the 1K event and finished in a strongly in 12th position overall.
The Club's newest member Sandile Ndabeni completed the 1 k race after just one open water training session.
The bank to bank swim continues to attract more and more swimmers entering the event. 18 brave young aspiring open water swimmers took to the water in an attempt to complete their swim. Many of these swimmers are in the junior squads of the swim club and will be moving up to the more demanding races in seasons to come.
The Club's younger swimmers entered the bank to bank swim and were exposed to all the elements of open water swimming. Johan Smit and Demi Meyer no quarter asked or given on the way to the finish of their race.
The following club members swam in the event:
Brenton Williams 1st 30 and over
JC Van Wyk 1st Open Men
Brenton Williams 2nd Open Men
Alan Searle 6th Open Men
Tanja Lategan 6th Open Women
Burgert V/D Westhuizen 10th Open Men
Danie Rautenbach 12th Open Men
Kendal Wright 4th Boys U/14
Pieter Ellis 5th Boys U/14
Kyle Heyman 3rd Men 14 -39
Cheryl Gibson 1st Women Over 40
Danie Ellis 8th Boys U/14
Sonja Saunders 4th Women 14 -39
Lydia Agenbach 2nd Women Over 40
Arno Seyfert 4th Men Over 40
Gitta Seyfert 4th Women Over 40
Sandile Madabeni 5th Men 14-39
Alta Herman Women O/50
Danielle Van Os 1st Women
Kim Seyfert 2nd Women
Nikita Meyer 4th Women
Andre Saunders 4th Men
Full results can be found here