A strong, dusty and hot westerly wind kept numbers down for round four of the Aquatic Centre's Aquathon series with a reduced field of 29 tackling the trying conditions.
Despite this, the club still welcomed another four new members to take club numbers to a four-year high.
In the novice section (100m/2km), Ruby McIntosh was fastest female with the improving pair of Jacqueline Holland and Jasmine McWhirter second and third respectively.
Lachlan Karooz was fastest male with Nicholas Ottley second.
Jill McDonald returned a season best with newcomer Fiona Banham kicking off her season in fine style.
Violet Ottley was the only competitor to begin the sprint distance course (200/4km) however difficult conditions got the better of her and she did not complete the run course.
In the Intermediate division (400m/4km) Damian Ottley continued his reign at the front of the pack with wily veterans Thomas Skeffington and Alan Gowen second and third.
Another newcomer, Shiralee Cousins, was third fastest outright and first female with Jessica Rice second.
Melinda Goad completed the run section and will make up part of a team in the coming weeks.
The Long Distance race (600/6km) saw the largest field this week and it was Mark Gibson who almost cracked the 34-minute barrier topping the time charts.
Kurt Warn and Andy Oberg battled out second and third places with Kurt getting the spoils late in the run.
Olivia Stutchbury once again returned a season best time to be first female with Annette Pattison and Nik Christen taking the minor placings.
Mattieu Paturel performed very well in his first attempt at the discipline and despite breast stroking most of the swim leg he managed to better his father Pierre who continues to progress well in his first season.
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