Rylock Endurance Series, Race One, Opening Splash

Conditions were perfect for the 15th Rylock Opening Splash since the race began in 2008.

Hayden Squance and Blenheim swimmer Chris Smithers reversed their finish order from last year, with Hayden taking first place in 24.56.

Marcell Kepess finished third, ahead of Waimea College principal Fraser Hill, then Hayden Lockie.

Keshia Linyard took sixth place (just ahead of her father Jon) to win the women’s section from Jodie Lovell from Marlborough, Sophie Pahl and Christina Harris – these three separated by only three seconds.

Doug Hancock and Rosie Pope took the first two places in the short swim.

Here’s the results

Here’s a story by Peter Gibbs on Sportzhub.

No photographer available today, but here’s a few taken afterwards, click here.

Here’s the full set of best times since the Splash began.

Meanwhile, in Auckland, Abbey Smale announced she was back to her best as she won the women’s section of the Rangitoto swim, finishing third overall, just two seconds behind the second-placed swimmer. Raphael Borborema and Stu Hebberd also raced in Auckland, with Stu picking up bronze in M75-79. For full Rangitoto results, click here