Up-and-coming Perth swimmer Max Coten has won the Albany Harbour Swim for the third year running after another commanding display on Easter Saturday. Coten was the only competitor to finish the 4km race in less than 50 minutes, crossing the finish line with a stellar time ofin 48min.42sec. in the Princess Royal Harbour event. He was nearly two minutes ahead of his nearest rival Giacomo Lucivero, who stopped the clock at 50:35. Ben Mackinnon finished in 50:54, while Rene Watson was the first woman out of the water with an impressive time of 53:40, ahead of local swimmer Christine Murray (55:44) in fifth overall. Nearly 100 competitors tackled the annual harbour swim that started at the Princess Royal Sailing Club and concluded in front of Anzac Peace Park and was run by the Albany Surf Life Saving Club. With Coten, Lucivero and Mackinnon making up the top three swimmers in the male category, Benjamin Ruett (57:43) and Angus Bowles (1:01:52) rounded out the top five. In the female category, young swimmers Coco Smargiassi (58:25) and Britt Ackerley (58:58) came in third and fourth respectively, with a sub one hour time while Phoebe Thornton (1:03.35) was the fifth-fastest female competitor. Event organiser Simon Smith said the swim was another resounding success. “It was a great turnout and the weather conditions were fine,” he said. “(There were) lots of contestants and spectators. and the support crew was great. “We had a real carnival atmosphere at the finish line which was awesome.” Smargiassi’s time in the race earned her top spot in the youth female category, while Oliver Pass claimed a win in the youth male category with a time of 1:17.01. In the wetsuit division, Kieran Jon Lawrenson claimed top spot with a time of 56:12, while Tom Fisher (1:01.40), Carl Richardson (1:07.56), John Toomey (1:09.50) and Ken Willis (1:11.07) rounded out the top five. Jennie Halliman (1:14.27) claimed top spot in the open female wetsuit category.