Winning double caps off stellar season

Tayler NealeAlbany Advertiser

Peel swimmer Rebekah Weller continued her impressive run this year to take out the women’s category of the Albany Harbour Swim and the SunSmart Southern Ocean Classic Mile at the weekend.

Weller had already won the solo women’s category of the Rottnest Channel Swim, Cockburn Jetty Swim and the Barrett Bunbury Swim Thru before the weekend began.

The 23-year-old finished the Harbour Swim, from Princess Royal Sailing Club to Peace Park, in 51min. 59sec. to be the first woman across the line on Saturday, only two-and-a-half minutes behind overall winner Nicola Fraschini.

Male winner Nicola Fraschin.
Camera IconMale winner Nicola Fraschin. Credit: Albany Advertiser

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In the Southern Ocean Classic at Ocean Beach on Sunday, Weller finished in 22:44, fourth overall, beating the next best woman, Nicole Hodgson, by more than three minutes.

Weller said she was thrilled to have claimed the double.

“I’m happy to have won both races and it was nice to be close to winning overall,” she said.

“It’s been a pretty good year so far.” Andrew Donaldson claimed his third straight Southern Ocean Classic, edging out Rhys Mainstone by one second in a nailbiting finish.

Paul Blackbeard was third overall, taking out the 55-59 male division, while Damien McAleese finished fifth to win the 18-24 male category.

Josh Lynn won the 13-17 male division in a time of 25:49 with Chyan Berliner claiming the 13-17 female category.

In the Harbour Swim, Blackbeard was third across the line behind Fraschini and Weller.

McAleese was fourth overall to claim the double in the 18-24 male division.

Caitlyn James finished fifth in a time of 55:44 to be second among all women.

Max Coten took out the under-17 male categor,y while Molly Bowles was the under-17 female winner.

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