Claims Busselton Jetty Swim, top finish at Rottnest

South West Academy of Sport athlete Kyle Lee edged out more than 2000 competitors in a tight race to claim first place in the solo category of this year’s Busselton Jetty Swim.

In a super close finish, the 18-year-old completed the 3.6 kilometre open water swim in a time of 39:41.5, just ahead of Lars Bottelier who crossed the line second at 39:42.8.

“It was very exciting,” Lee said.

“It was a very close finish. I didn’t really know I was going to win it.

“It came down to the run. When I got over the finish line, it was a second or something.”

The event was held in early February and experienced a record number of entries, resulting in the most swimmers competing in its 25-year history.

All up, a total of 3275 swimmers took part in the event across five categories, with the solo swim drawing 2089 entrants into the waters of Geographe Bay.

The Busselton Jetty Swim isn’t the only iconic Western Australian open water event that the Australind teenager has excelled at recently.

He also showed excellent form in this year’s Rottnest Channel Swim, earning third place in the 19.7 kilometre swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island.

“It was very different,” Lee said.

“The Busselton Jetty Swim is pretty much just a sprint, whereas the Rottnest Channel Swim you have to pace yourself.”

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