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Aussies impress at French OWS Nationals

by ZwemZa on June 1st, 2019

L-R: Ruben Rees, Madisyn Armstrong, Chloe Green and Reilly Kennedy.

Gaining international race experience in France across the weekend, four of Australia’s emerging open water swimmers competed in multiple events at the French Nationals.

Taking place at the picturesque Lac du Causse in Brive, Chloe Green (Perth City), Madisyn Armstrong (Kawana Waters) and Reilly Kennedy (Perth City) battled it out first in the 10km race – which was a LEN cup race.

In a terrific performance, Kennedy placed 16th overall and with a time of 1:55:45.66, was the second male to finish in the 18-19-year age group. With the water temperature sitting at a chilly 18.8 degrees, young Ruben Rees started the race but was pulled out with hypothermia.

On the starting line!
On your marks – athletes get ready to begin the 5km race.

In the corresponding event for the women, Armstrong touched 23rd overall in a time of 2:05:32.02 and was the sixth female in the 18-19-year age category to finish. Green was not far behind, clocking 2:08:11.66 to claim 28th position while also recording the 7th fastest time in the 16-17-year age group.

In the second event of the meet – the 4×1.25km mixed relay – the Aussies put in a tremendous performance to finish 5th, falling just short of three French teams and the Canadian contingent.

One the final day of the competition there were 168 starters in the Men’s 5km race, with Kennedy placing 21st overall (third in the 18-19-year age bracket) and Rees finishing 32nd overall – sixth in the 15-16-year age group. In a field of 130 for the Women’s 5km race, Armstrong backed up her strong performance to finish 10th overall – and third in the 18-19-year group – in what was touted as a star-studded line up.

Lending support and guidance at the competition were coaches Raelene Ryan and Matt Magee, while former Australian open water swimmer, Trudee Stafford, was team manager.

Swimming Australia recently named its open water team which will travel to Yeosu to compete at the World Championships in July, read more here.


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