Signorini, Oestringer Win 2016 Waikiki Roughwater Swim

Australians dominated the men’s race at the 2016 Waikiki Roughwater swim with Ollie Signorini and Jarrod Poort going 1-2, but local university swimmer Cherelle Oestringer topped the women’s race.

Signorini topped Poort by just over 30 seconds to win the 2.3-mile event. Signorini was the only swimmer to crack one hour, going 59:48 for the title. Poort, coming off

On the women’s side, Oestringer crushed the competition, going 1:08:46 to win by almost three minutes. In the overall results, Oestringer beat all but 8 of the men in a race with 446 total finishers.

2016 marks a return for the event, which was canceled last year due to strong surf and currents. The weather again threatened the event, with Hurricane Lester rolling through the Pacific, but Lester was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday night and moved further away from the Hawaiian islands.

That opened the door for a comeback for the event, which had previously taken place every year dating back to 1970. This, considered the 47th Annual event, spans a bay on Hawaii’s famous Waikiki Beach and took place on Monday morning, local time.

You can find full results of the event here.

The meet website with past years’ results and more is here.

Here’s a short video of the men’s finish, courtesy of KAATSU Global on YouTube:

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Go Cherelle!! Go Bows!!


Meanwhile, Alex Kostich was 2nd in the men’s race. He’s 46 y/o ! And he’s placed in the top ten 24 times.


sorry, I meant: Alex K placed 3rd.

Marcy Fraser

Dear Friends – given what happened to the race I have some suggestions. I was able to finish, in part because I’ve done it 10 times. The instructions at the start were confusing: “best conditions in decades”, then “current pushing you towards Diamond Head” all in 5 minutes. “Don’t pay attention to the yellow buoys”. – really? The markings for the race this year were severely inadequate. This could be solved by adding a small pole with a flag on each buoy so it could be seen above large swells. I assisted and was assisted by other swimmers who could site the buoys a various times. In short: more and larger course buoys. And a big shout out to all… Read more »

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