Finella Gibbs-Beal, Josslyn Wishart Win At Australian Open Water Championships


It was another action-packed day at Brighton beach in Adelaide, with the Boy’s and Girl’s 14 and 15-year-old 5km races kicking off the program on day two of the 2019 Australian Open Water Championship.

Hitting the water in a staggered start with boys’ races, the 15-year-old girls category saw Noosa’s Finella Gibbs-Beal take home the gold in a time of 1:03:23.65, with Ally Moss-Hamilton (Mountain Creek Mooloolaba) grabbing the silver in 1:04:26.17 and Jacqeline Davison-McGovern finishing with bronze in a time of 1:05:42:08.

Josslyn Wishart (1:07:41.26) from Manly claimed the gold in the 14-year-olds race, while Ava Jankovic (1:09:26.27) picked up the silver and St Peters Western’s Alexis Barnett (1:12:22.11) the bronze.

The 14 and 15-year-old boys made a splash first thing this morning, with Miami’s Lucas Miller (1:02:42.08) taking out the title and Revesby Workers teammates Kai Robertson (1:03:52.30) and Fletcher Warn (1:04:02.11) claiming the silver and bronze respectively.

In a tight race for the finish, Carlile’s Robert Thorpe (1:02:07.08) took out the gold in the Boy’s 15-year-old race with Miami teammates Bailey Wellam (1:02:07.11) claiming the silver and Kai Harland (1:02:27.70) receiving the bronze medal.

Miami’s Ruben Rees (59:59.06) continued his hot form, picking up gold in the Boy’s 16-year-old 5km race to match his gold in the 7.5km race yesterday. Rees’ teammate Kaiden Hubbard (1:00:26.01) secured the silver medal and Southside Aquatics’ Jackson Clarke (1:00:29.80) claimed the bronze.

Kyle Lee (59:45.91) from Bunbury also won back-to-back gold following his win in yesterday’s 7.5km for 17-year-old boys. In a repeat of yesterday, international swimmer William Thorley (59:47.79) touched in second and Manly’s Kaye Logan (1:00:07.45) and Kawana Waters’ Zachary Bromage (1:00:10.54) picked up the silver and bronze respectively as the second and third placed Australians.

New Zealand swimmer Ashleigh Allred (1:04:39.65) touched first in the Girl’s 17-year-old 5km, with Pelican Waters’ Ella Wassing (1:08:00.16) claiming the gold medal as the first Australian home. Randwick City’s Isabella Coghlan (1:09:03.47) was the silver medallist and Miami’s Caitlyn Miller (1:09:52.89) picked up the bronze medal.

Miami’s Sara Tazaki added another gold to her collection from the championships, winning the Girl’s 16-year-old 5km which followed her win the 7.5km race on Saturday. Hayley Rowlands from Revesby Workers was the silver medallist and Sunshine Coast Grammar’s Chole Trevitt took home the bronze.

The Boy’s and Girl’s 18 and 19-year-olds 5km and the 14-and-over Boy’s and Girl’s Multi-Class 5km took to the water for the final race of the day.

In a mirror of the 19-year-old boys 7.5km race from Saturday, Perth City’s Reilly Kennedy (58:17.48) secured his second national title with Riley Clout (58:18.81) from Palm Beach Currumbin again taking silver. Melbourne Vicentre’s Lachlan Schwarz (59:36.03) claimed the bronze.

Following his bronze in the Boy’s 18-year-old 10km yesterday, North Coast’s Byron Kimber (58:19.03) won the gold in the 5km, followed by Blacktown’s Matthew Galea (58:27.05) in the silver medal position and Cronulla’s Harry Came (59:35.85) took home the bronze.

Melbourne Viccentre’s Ben Morrison (1:14:38.08) won gold in the 14-years and over Multi Class 5km with Revesby Workers’ Lachlan Hanratty (1:24:24.85) winning silver.

Megan Botha from CA Tritons claimed gold in the Women’s 14 and over Multi-Class race in a time of 1:32:42.46.

Jessica Mouatt (1:05:39.08) from Nudgee College added a gold to her silver from yesterday’s 10km after winning the Girl’s 18-year-old 5km event. Frances Shires (University of NSW) and Kelsey Eastwood (Perth City) picked up the silver and bronze medals respectively in 1:06:02.15 and 1:07:09.67, as the second and third Australians home after Mia Yamamoto (1:05:40.57) from Japan touched in second place.

In an exact replica of the Girl’s 19-year-old 10km from day one, Madisyn Armstrong (1:05:36.57) from Kawana Waters claimed her second championship title with Laura Bronson (1:06:03.11) from Yeronga Park taking the silver medal and Miami’s Jade Slee (1:06:05.59), the bronze.

The final day of action kicks off at Brighton Beach at 7.30am with the Men’s and Women’s 5km time trial.

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