Port Nelson Swim
By Peter Gibbs
Luke Kelly and Abbey Smale continued their winning form at race four of the Port Nelson Swim Series on Thursday.
On a gloomy night with a very low tide, swimmers took on a 900m triangular course, heading south to round one of the boats moored offshore before heading out to the 'dolphin' navigation marker then back to shore at the Nelson Yacht Club ramp.
As has become the pattern, a bunch of about a dozen stuck together on the first leg, spreading as they headed towards the dolphin with Luke, Fergus Drummond and Bendi Kepess breaking away.
Abbey Smale continued her dominance of the Port Nelson Series in Thursday's 900m swim.
Photos by Pete Marshall
These three stayed together with the final sprint separating them by fractions of a second: Luke Kelly 10min 5.6sec, Fergus Drummond 10m 6.2s, Bendi Kepess 10m 6.7s.
Oxford Bayley (10.23) and Hayden Squance (10.27) led in Abbey Smale (10.46) with Sophie Alexander taking the second women's spot in 11.44.
The top of the points table has become a battle between 22-year-old Luke Kelly and a bunch of 15 and 16-year-olds who train together at the Richmond Aquatic Centre, with triathlete Hayden Squance (22) also in the mix.
While there's nothing to separate many in this group on speed, Luke, who trains with older swimmers at Riverside Pool, often has the upper hand when it comes to a determined sprint.
In the short swim over 400m, 13-year-old Brooke Swan remains unbeaten this season, while 12-year-old Corey Tremblay leads the men's field - also unbeaten within this group.
Swimming continues each Thursday over the summer.
Full results nelsonseaswims.co.nz.