The first group of swimmers in this year’s huge swim challenge have arrived at Rottnest Island, breaking a lot of records in the process.

Bailey Armstrong won first place with a record time of 3 hours, 48 minutes, and 14 seconds, breaking Solomon Wright’s 2018 record of 3 hours, 59 minutes, and 28 seconds.

Kyle Lee came in second with a record-setting time of 3 hours, 52 minutes, and 21 seconds, trailing closely behind him.

Also breaking the record for fastest solo male were Bryon Kimber (3.54.12) and Max Coten (3.54.12) in third and fourth place, respectively (3.57.39).

Chloe Truscott finished first among female solo swimmers with a record-breaking time of 4 hours, 14 minutes, and 31 seconds, breaking Heidi Gan’s 2018 Thomson Bay record of 4 hours, 21 minutes, and 55 seconds but narrowly missing overall record holder Tamara Bruce’s 1993 time at the natural jetty (of 4 hours, 10 minutes, and three seconds).

Earlier in the day, thousands of swimmers in brightly coloured lycra lined the shores of Cottesloe Beach in preparation for this year’s Rottnest Channel Swim.

Wave after wave of competitors entered the open ocean for the epic channel race on Saturday morning, and the atmosphere was electric whether it was due to nerves, excitement, a quick pre-race breakfast, or the chilly morning air.

Katrina Porter OAM, the world record holder, was among the fluorescently dressed swimmers eager to get into the water.

“Pumped, enthusiastic, elated, and anxious.” “This is how I feel,” she stated.



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