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Nice one Mr Jones!

Teenager's Shipwreck Coast Swim Series triumph

MEAGAN ROOTH
The Warrnambool Standard, 03 Jan, 2012 04:00 AM

ANOTHER day, another Isaac Jones special.

The 16-year-old was in a class of his own for opening round of the Shipwreck Coast Swim Series at Port Fairy yesterday.

He breezed through the 1.2-kilometre swim and jogged across the finish line almost a minute ahead of his closest rival.

It was a stunning display by the Warrnambool Swimming Club member who collected the age champion title at the state championships last month and is heading to the Olympic trials in March.

A record 258 swimmers braved the blistering heat to contest the annual Moyneyana Ocean Swim at Port Fairy's East Beach yesterday morning.

Isaac had his sights firmly set on back-to-back victories after winning on debut last year.

The Emmanuel College student made a wide dash into the water to avoid traffic before sprinting about 400m to the first buoy.

"I just tried to get out of the way of people because there were some pretty good runners there," Isaac told The Standard after the race.

"There were a few waves to contend with on the way out."

Isaac powered to the front and was able to relax on the back stretch of the rectangular course.

"I backed it off a bit but then I tried to bring it home on the way back to the beach."

With time to spare Isaac hovered in the breakers and waited for a wave to carry him to shore.

“I was pretty tired,” he smiled.

“I just wanted to catch my breath.”

Isaac posted a time of 15 minutes and 15 seconds ahead of Jack Paulka (16.11) and Chris Russell (16.47).

This weekend’s Pier to Pub in Lorne is next on the agenda for the rising star. Isaac said the ocean swimming season was a welcome addition to his demanding training schedule.

“It’s a bit more fun, not as serious,” he said.

“I’ve been doing a lot of gym which helps in open water.”

Isaac will miss the next round of the Shipwreck Coast Swim Series at Port Campbell on January 22 due to the country swimming championships but will return for the third round in Warrnambool on February 5.

 

MEGAN ROOTH, 2012, ARTICLE: Nice one Mr Jones! Teenager's Shipwreck Coast Swim Series triumph, 03 Jan, 2012 04:00 AM. [The Warrnambool Standard online]. Available at http://www.standard.net.au/ [Accessed 03 January 2012]
DAMIAN WHITE, 2012, IMAGE: Isaac Jones (front) takes to the ocean yesterday in the Shipwreck Coast Swim Series Moyneyana Ocean Swim at Port Fairy, which he went on to win. [The Warrnambool Standard online]. Available at http://www.standard.net.au/ [Accessed 03 January 2012]