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Sisters shine at open-water event

Busselton Dunsborough Times
GMAS Swimming Club open water swimmers and head coach Kate Firth.
Camera IconGMAS Swimming Club open water swimmers and head coach Kate Firth.

More than 300 swimmers took to the water in Busselton on Sunday for the Swimming WA open-water swim event.

Busselton Freight rising sport star Tessa Viljoen added a silver medal to her list of accolades, competing in the 5km event alongside her sister Cara.

The siblings also placed in second and fourth in the under-18 category and took on about 65 swimmers to place 14th and 17th overall.

The girls achieved national qualifying times and will travel to Adelaide in January to compete in the 7km and 10km events at the Australian Open Water championships.

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Georgiana Molloy Anglican School swimming club had 15 swimmers across the 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km and 5km events.

Students Ben Garcia, Kaila Warner and Brianna Deimel took on about 93 swimmers in the 2.5km swim with Ben placing fourth in the under-18 boys, and Kaila and Brianna in fifth and sixth in the under-18 girls.

Spencer Ferguson also performed well placing sixth in the under-15 Boys.

GMAS students Lachlan Murray and Oliver Miles crossed the line in third and seventh place to win silver medals in the 1.25km under-15 and under-18 boys’ events.

Busselton High School student Chelsea White won her first gold medal in the under-15 girls with teammate Coralie Sandor placing third.

Dunsborough Primary School took several awards with 11-year-old Taye Wright finishing 39th out of 81 swimmers and Madison Stephens, who was chaperoned by coach Sam Truran, finishing seventh in the under-11 category.

Nine-year-old Ben Stone was chaperoned by his mum, Julie, and finished 24th out of the 43 swimmers with a time of 11min. 34sec.

Cornerstone College student and multi-class swimmer Maddison Stolp finished fifth in the 500m under-15 category.

GMAS swimming club will head to Bunbury next weekend to compete at the South West Region Carnival.

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