Mainstone and Gubecka Take 10K Titles at Aussie Open Water Swimming Championships

  0 Mike Lewis | February 09th, 2013 | Featured, News, Open Water

Rhys Mainstone topped a fast group of open water swimmers to grab the 2013 Australian Open Water Swimming championships at Lake Macquarie.    Mainstone from Western Australia has been on a rip recently winning 2013 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series and $15,000 prize.   The second spot went to Simon Huitenga also from western Australia.   Bronze went to 2012 1500 free Olympian Jarrod Poort.  Mainstone’s plan was to hit the race full tilt with confidence in his training he took the lead and left to the others to try and stay with his pace.

14 year old Chelsea Gubecka took the gold ahead of two time open water Olympian Melissa Gorman.   It was Gubecka’s third competitive open water swimming race.  It was an exciting sprint finish in the women’s race with Gubecka hitting the touchpad a mere 3.18 seconds ahead of Gorman.   For much of the swim it was a three woman race but Danielle De Francesco was unable to hang with Gubecka and Gorman on the final lap, but she gained a respectable bronze medal.

With their top performances Gubecka, Gorman, Mainstone and Huitenga are now all qualified for nomination to the 2013 Australian Open Water championship team.

Full results are here.



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About Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis has nearly three decades of open water swimming experience as both an athlete and coach. He has worked with a wide range of athletes including Olympians and World Record Holders. Mike was as an administrator in the U.S. Olympic movement for 10 years and was a team director for the 2000 Olympic games. Mike himself is an avid swimmer and has notched several top 10 rankings in US Masters swimming. Mike and his wife Cynthia founded "Did you swim today?" – a global gathering place for swimmers to share their positive experiences in the pool and the open water. Read More »