In the early hours of Saturday morning, a strong field of new and experienced open water swimmers congregated at the southern end of the Goldfields Reservoir for the annual Ramp to Ripples swim.
The event, conducted by the Maryborough and District Triathlon Club, saw swimmers choose between two courses, the 500 metre or one kilometre swim.
The fastest long course swimmer of the day was English Channel swimmer Rick Seirer, producing a stellar performance to finish the one km swim in the impressive time of 21:07, winning the 50+ male long course category as well.
Second place in the 50+ male long course was Geoff Macilwain (21:35), joint third place-getters were Brian Park and Tony Collings (24:55), and fifth place was Frank Crameri (27:18).
James Macilwain won the 50+ 500 m short course in the time of 15:20.
Adam Lowery was the fastest open male long course swimmer (21:25), with Joe Lacey (21:38) in second place, third place was Paul Bates (21:54), fourth place was Matthew Bartlett (23:10), and fifth place was Liam Palling in his first open water swim (24:07).
For more on this story see Page 38 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, March 9.