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Webby and Scott win New Zealand Ocean Swim Series

2016/2017 New Zealand Ocean Swim Series winners Matthew Scott and Charlotte Webby post swim (c) Cameron Walker

Charlotte Webby retained her title in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series for 2016/17 despite being pushed into second place in the final race of the series, the King of the Bays swim, held on Auckland’s North Shore on Saturday 8 April.

First woman across the line in the 2.8km swim was Emma Robinson, who represented New Zealand at the 2016 Olympics in the 800m freestyle. She finished second overall in a time of 35:58, with Webby 9 seconds behind in 36:07. Robinson’s win lifted her into second place overall in the series.

Matt Scott was the clear winner in the men’s race in a time of 35:16, more than a minute ahead of second place Brent Foster. Scott also collected the overall male series title.

The King of the Bays was the seventh event in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, which runs annually from November through until April.

New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, Event Director, Scott Rice, said: “It was a really good end to the season. We had a big crowd of spectators and a fantastic number of kids participating in the Banana Boat OceanKids event, probably the most we have ever had. The day started really calm, with an easterly wind picking up which created slightly choppier conditions for the swimmers, but we had beautiful weather overhead for most of the day.”

The New Zealand Ocean Swim Series caters for swimmers of all skill sets and ages, offering an opportunity for recreational swimmers to take the plunge alongside top name swimming elites.

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