The 30th edition of the Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims from Yarralumla Bay swimming beach was held in perfect conditions on the morning of Sunday 21 February 2016. Cloudy skies overlooked a still, calm lake as 106 swimmers covered the various distances of 5km, 2.5km or 500 metres.
The brother-sister combination of Ben and Jenna Freeman dominated the 2-lap 5km race: Ben just a minute outside the course record with his 1:05:35, while Jenna was similarly dominant in the women's race, winning in 1:10:21 which also placed her 3rd outright. Splitting the siblings was outstanding junior talent, 14-year-old Eskindir Gavel with a spirited swim of 1:08:21. These 3 were in a league of their own, even lapping several of the 2.5km swimmers.
In the Males 50-59, Keith Bennett (1:35:41) won despite Greg Gourley and Alex Gosman both finishing within a minute of him. Evergreen Geoff Llewellyn took out the Male 70+ with a gallant 3:09:04. Marianne Tecsy, visiting from France, won the Women 50-59 in 1:39:49; and Janet Gorst the Women 60-69 in 1:47:13.
James Johnston won the Men's 2.5km swim in en excellent 37:41; Phil Aungles the Males 50-59 in 46:22; the impressive Tim Booth the Males 60-69 in 44:20 and Tim Mather the Males 70+ in 49:16. Georgia Hardy swam fluently for her 39:49 to take out the Women's 2.5km race; Anne Smyth not far behind with her winning 40:25 time in the Females 50-59; and Christine Stock the Female 60-69 in 52:55.
In the 500 metres swim, Oscar Johnston took our the race outright and won the Boys Under 17 in 8:06; Morgan won the Boys Under 13 in 10:19; and Mick Hanbury the Male 17 and Over in 8:51. Jocelyn Mara won the Women's race in 9:10 in a sprint from Leisa Cass' 9:12; while Abigali Adera won the Girls Under 17 in 9:48.
Enjoy the excellent photo album from the morning.