Jessica Roux, fastest over both 10km and 5km courses at Sunday’s Cirrus Bio-Ears Swim Challenge Series at Marina Martinique, is pictured receiving her prize from her father, Kirsten Roux, the EP Convenor for Open Water Swimming. Photo: Zports MediaSA National open water swimmer, Jessica Roux, and her 16 year old brother Jonathan dominated the open water swimming events at Sunday’s Eastern Province Aquatic’s Cirrus Bio-Ears Swim Challenge Series hosted at Marina Martinique.

The Series, which has established itself as one of the South Africa’s premier open water swimming events, enjoyed its best start to the season with over 100 open water swimmers taking part.

SA World Championship 10km swimmer, Jessica, swam the day’s fastest times over the 10km and 5km distances with fast Swim SA qualifying times of 2hr 11min 15sec and 1hr 4min 26sec respectively.

“Today’s time was faster than my 10km swim at the World Championships, so I am very happy with my performance for this time of the season,” said Roux before heading back to Durban, where she trains under SA Swim Coach Graham Hill.

“Conditions in the Marina are perfect for open water swimming and it’s always great swimming here.”

16-year old Kayla Shortt swam her first 10km race of the season, finishing in a time of 2hrs 50min and 36sec, whilst Lise-Mari Goosen and Tarryn Els recorded the ladies second and third best times on the morning.

In the most popular event, the 3km swim, Veruschka Jordaan and Megan van Wyk took the podium positions in the ladies category. In the 1km swim it was Caro de Jager leading Rebecca Baard and Caroline Els on the ladies podium.

For the youngsters, in the 14-and-under 500m swim it was 12-year-old Sanchia Booth who took the honours, while Claudia Zoetmulder won the girls gold medal in the kids 10-and-under bank-to-bank swim.

Full results from the first round of the Cirrus Bio-Ears Swim Challenge Series are available on the website, and the Series next round takes place at Marina Martinique, on Sunday 13th November from 9am.