Last weekend, the Auckland Grammar School Endurance Swimming squad competed in the Rangitoto ocean swim race - a 4.6km swim from Rangitoto Island to St Heliers Bay with over 300 swimmers.
The day produced perfect conditions with near flat water and clear skies. The course was difficult to stick to, due to the strong current in the middle of the channel due to the tides.
Two Grammar swimmers placed first and second in the non-wetsuit grade. Captain of Swimming A. J. Falconer finished second overall, but first in the non-wetsuit grade finishing in 59 minutes - just one minute behind the overall winner. Form 5 student C. Poole gave a strong performance, finishing second in 62 minutes. The School's Junior Swimming Champion J. M. Klink came in seventh in the non-wetsuit grade, which is a fantastic result for a Form 3 student.
These results bode well for the Endurance swimming squad, especially as the team looks towards the English channel swim in 2 years' time.
If you are interested in getting involved in Endurance Swimming, the squad trains most Sundays at high tide at St Heliers. Email the Master in Charge, Mr Lowe at email@example.com.
Captain of Swimming A. J. Falconer exits the water at St Heliers Bay after the Rangitoto Ocean Swim Race