Fifth Annual Mooloolaba Mile Ocean Swim
Thousands of Queenslanders and visitors lined Mooloolaba Beach on Sunday for the 5th annual Mooloolaba Mile Ocean Swim, hosted by World Series Swims.
Swimmers of all levels and motivations stepped up for the challenge, and conditions did not disappoint.
The most popular distance of the day, the 1.6km Mooloolaba Mile is always a hot contest between the pool stars and surf specialists with a keen eye on the prizemoney and annual trophies.
It was Nick Sloman who took out first place in the men’s division, with a sharp time of 16:51. Not far behind, was Bailey Armstrong in 2nd place and Hayden Cotter 3rd for the men’s.
In the women’s division, Moesha Johnson was the quickest over the finish line with an incredible time of 18:01. Dahlas Rogers finished in second place, and Jessica Lavin in third.
In 2016 a new 3.0km long course distance was introduced and this year popularity swelled with close to 200 swimmers stepping up in distance.
Michael Sheil hit the finish tape first in the men’s division and finished with a time of 30:37, and Moesha Johnson placed first in the women’s division with a stellar time of 30:21.
The Mooloolaba Mile distance, 1.6km, has become a favourite for Queensland swimmers and is set to become part of two day beach festival on the Sunshine Coast in 2018.
“In 2018 the Mooloolaba Mile will headline a new two day beach festival with new long course ocean swims, free community activities and great spectator events” said World Series Swims Director, John Guise
The next stop for World Series Swims is St Kilda Beach in Melbourne on March 18, then back for the finale at Coolangatta on April 8th - the Cooly Classic.
The Mooloolaba Mile Ocean Swim is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council, The Kids Cancer Project and Sea FM
For more information on World Series Swims visit worldseriesswims.com.au