Results: OWS Series Round 7 – Koombana Bay

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Round 7 of the 2019/20 SWA OWS Series got underway Saturday morning with conditions still a tad windy from the night before at Koombana bay. Over 250 swimmers took to the water with over 20 trying our new 7.5km swim and for our Club members, the last opportunity to qualify for Swimming Australia Open Water Swimming Nationals.

City of Bunbury’s Mayor Gary Brennan was in attendance to help start the each of waves our six distances. Max Coten (Westside Christchurch Aquatics) swum the 7.5km in 1 hour 40 minutes 43 seconds and to take line honours with Mutya Cartagena crossing the line as the first female with a time of 2 hours 6 minutes 16 seconds.

Swimming WA would like to thank the City of Bunbury and Southern Ports for their support of the round and for enabling so many of the community to get involved in open water swimming.

Congratulations to all our swimmers who chose to come swim with us today and well done to those who challenged themselves to achieve their goals.

New Town Toyota OWS Series Hilux Competition

Congratulations to Kathryn Ashworth for taking out this Rounds New Town Toyota Competition.  Just by posting a picture on social media by the New Town Toyota OWS Series Hilux and tagging @new_town_toyota and @owsseries she will be receiving a $50 gift voucher.  Make sure you enter next Round as we will be announcing a winner every Round of the 2019/20 OWS Series.

Next Round

Up next on Sunday 26 of January is Round 8: Australia Day Swim – Sorrento at Sorrento Beach, presented by New Town Toyota.

This is our biggest event of the Series, start your Australia Day right and come swim with us with you pick from our Splash & Dash right up to the final 10km Rottnest Channel Swim and Port to Pub Qualifier of the season.

Here are our place getters for the OWS Series Round 7 – Koombana Bay proudly brought to you by the City of Bunbury and Southern Ports:

Swimmer Tracking

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For a better viewing experience, get the RACEMAP App!!

The tracking application is provided by RaceMap.  The maps can be used within this website but for best results, the RaceMap app should be installed from either your apple or android store.

Viewer Information

  1. You can locate a swimmer by tapping on the search box and either scrolling down until you find them or type in their name or number.
  2. A swimmer in the search area who is bold means that they are being detected and should appear on the map, a swimmer who is faded means that more detections are required to determine their position and hence appear on the map.
  3. If you click on the person’s name it will highlight them in the map.  You can highlight multiple people.
  4. The information below the swimmer refers to i) their speed, ii) their distance swam, iii) elevation from sea level and iv) distance to finish.
  5. You can zoom in and out on the map and even change its orientation – this is a lot easier to do in the app.

Key points about the tracking we use for the Open Water Swimming Series

  1. The data used for the tracking is collected by transmitters sitting on top of the swim buoys.
  2. It will usually take a few minutes after the race has started for a competitor to appear on the screen.
  3. The race tracking is “predictive” only and the swimmer’s position on the map can change due to alterations in speed and conditions.  It relies totally on the timing chip being clear of the water for certain periods of time so that it can be detected by the transmitters.
  4. This type of tracking technology is 12 months old and Swimming WA are one of the first groups ‘globally’ to use it within a ‘purely’ swimming environment.  The swimming environment is challenging, however, after every race, the data is analysed and modifications are made to the software to continually enhance its accuracy. 



Thank you to The Nomad Company, our official photographer of the OWS Series. If you would like more details or to purchase an image please email or visit