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Qld success at 2018 Australian Open Water Champs

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Huge congratulations to all the Queenslanders who travelled to Brighton, South Australia to compete at the 2018 Australian Open Water Championships over the weekend! There were some amazing results, check out the recap below, well done everyone!

Nick Sloman (Noosa) was crowned Australian Champion in the Open Men 10km race, while fellow Queenslanders Kai Edwards (TSS), Lachlan Colquhoun (TSS), Jack Brazier (Kawana Waters) and Matthew Robinson (Kawana Waters) were top ten finishers. Chelsea Gubecka (Kawana Waters) claimed the Open Women 10km Australian Champion title, with Kareena Lee (Mt Creek Mooloolaba) in second, Mackenzie Brazier (Kawana Waters) in third; while Queenslanders Chloe Gubecka (Kawana Waters), Phoebe Hines (Mt Creek Mooloolaba)and Alessandra Colombini (TSS) were top ten finishers.

Hayden Cotter (Lawnton) claimed the Australian Champion title in the Open Men 5km, as the first Australian home (finishing second behind the Canadian Swimmer Eric Hedlin), with Bailey Armstrong (Kawana Waters), Nick Sloman (Noosa) and Kai Edwards (TSS) top ten! Chelsea Gubecka (Kawana Waters) claimed her second title of the meet, as the first Australian over the line in the Women 5km event; making her the 5km and 10km Women's Australian Open Water Champion. 

In the 10km Age events, there was a huge number of top three finishes for Queenslanders including Riley Clout (Somerset GC) and Daniel Miller (Miami) second and third respective in the Boys 18 years. Bailey Armstrong (Kawana Waters) finished first in the Boys 19 years, while Laura Brosnan (Yeronga Park), Madisyn Armstrong (TSS) and Jade Slee (Miami) rounded out the top three in the Girls 18 years. Queenslanders claimed the top three spots in the Girls 19 years also, first Mikayla Messer (Chandler) second Bianca Crisp (TSS) and third Jessica Lavin (Rackley).

In the 7.5km Age events, Ethan Nagle (Yeronga Park) finished third in the Boys 16 years, while Ashleigh Allred (Miami) finished third in the Girls 16 years. In the Boys 17 years, Hayden Cotter (Lawnton) finished first and James Otley-Doe (TSS) finished third. Kara Svenson (Indooroopilly) and Nessica Mouatt (Nudgee) finished second and third respectively in the Girls 17 years.

While in the 5km events, there was another full set for Queenslanders in the Boys 15 years, with Thomas Raymond (Nudgee), Jackson Clarke (Southside Aquatics) and Kolby Gubecka (Kawana Waters) top three finishers; while Naia Anderson (Toowoomba Grammar) finished second in the Girls 15 years. In the 14 years events, Jacqueline Davison-McGovern (Yeronga) finished first, Ally Hamilton-Moss (Mt Creek Mooloolaba) finished second and Bailey Wellam (Miami) placed third. While, Chloe Gubecka (Kawana Waters) finished second and Ella Wassing (Pelican Waters) third, in the Girls 16 years. In the Girls 17 Years, Mackenzie Brazier (Kawana Waters) finished first and Kara Svenson (Indooroopilly) finished third. The Girls 18 years, was another top three full of Queenslanders, with Madisyn Armstrong (TSS) first, Laura Brosnan (Yeronga park) second and Jade Slee (Miami) third. While, Riley Clout (Somerset GC) finished third in the Boys 18 years.

Again, huge congratulations to all on some outstanding results! Check out the full live results from the Swimming Australia website here: https://www.swimming.org.au/Events/2017-Australian-Open-Water-Champs-(1).aspx#acc1 

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