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NSW 2013 State Open Water Swim Championships

Held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, thunderstorms had been predicted but luckily missed us so we ended up having lovely weather after all. Actually, it got quite warm and had I had a break, I might have jumped in to cool off a bit!

A little hectic at the start but it soon sorts itself out. The strong and experienced open water swimmers pull out ahead right from the beginning and mostly maintain this pace throughout.
Some get clear of the pack and find their pace by themselves whilst others stay in a group.

What really surprised me was how closely the top swimmers stayed together after such a long race. It really was a fight to the end! 

Boats patrol the lake and watch for swimmers that miss the buoy turn or who may need some help. I only witnessed one or two cases of this.

NSW 2013 Metro Championship Highlights

A pretty fast meet as there aren't age group qualifying times on the 50m races, only Open times. This means I am not as busy because the majority of the families wanting action shots of their swimmers are of the younger age group! I had a little more time to watch a number of amazing swimmers here chasing PB's or National times when I would normally be running frantically around the pool. Here are some of them...

It isn't very often that the 1500m comes down to a sprint but it did today! This was the absolute highlight for me. What a race. After 15 + minutes stroke for stroke, the last 50m came down to a sprint. To top this off, a Trifecta for Auburn Swim Club when young Nathan Robinson took third!

One of my favourite times to shoot is right after the break when the water is untouched and looks like glass!

At this level, the sprints are really tight. It is usually pretty difficult to photograph more than one swimmer at a time but luckily for me, James Magnussen breathes to le…

James Magnussen - Dive Sequence Metro Champs 2013

Personally, I just like to watch James in action. I am not a swimmer but I have to say, his technique looks pretty good to me! And don't you just love the new Arena jammers...
 There were some other great swims at Metro from David McKeon, Bobby Hurley and Emma McKeon. I will post some highlights shortly.