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Results of the 2019 Ho’ala Swim

HoalaSwimThis year, the Ho’ala swim is held six days before the Kona race on the swim course. There are slight changes towards the end, the finish is on the small beach at the King Kam hotel instead of back on “Dig Me Beach”, usually resulting in slightly quicker times compared to the Kona swim. It is used by a lot of athletes as an excellent open-water training session, the table below shows just the Kona Pros that I have been able to identify in the results, comparing their times in this year’s swim, their expected swim times for this year’s Ironman race (plus the difference, usually faster) and the same results (as long as they are available) for last year’s Ho’ala swim and Ironman Hawaii swim. (There were probably a few more Pros in the swim, for example, Matt Hanson and Matt Russell posted about their swims.)

Some observations:

  • On average, the Kona Pros swam about three minutes quicker than their “expected swim times” for Kona.
  • The first three athletes swam a time that would have been under the current male Kona swim course record (46:29 by Jan Sibbersen). There were two more age-groupers between Alistair and Josh.
  • With Ali beating Josh, it’s likely he is going to be a front group swimmer next Saturday, probably coming out of the water in a potential Amberger/Frodeno group. As expected, Daniel Baekkegard might also be in that group.
  • Another interesting data point is that Lionel Sanders was about 30 seconds in front of Cam Wurf – that would create an interesting dynamic in the Ironman race.
  • Lucy Charles was on the start list and posted on Instagram that she was looking for a re-match with Josh, but in the end she did not race (neither did husband Reece Barclay).
  • In the absence of Lucy, the fastest female Pro was Sarah Crowley who had a great swim (6 minutes quicker than seeded). Other good swims (relative to the expected swims) were by Jen Annett (5:30 quicker), Nikki Bartlett and Els Visser (about 5 minutes quicker). There were quite a few female Pros with great swims, they might have benefitted from the bigger swim groups.
Athlete Ho’ola Swim Expected Swim Faster By 2018 Ho’ola 2018 Race
Alistair Brownlee 00:46:07 00:50:34 00:04:27
Josh Amberger 00:46:14 00:48:40 00:02:26 00:47:08 00:47:39
Daniel Baekkegard 00:46:19 00:49:21 00:03:02
Andi Boecherer 00:49:20 00:50:16 00:00:56
Frank Silvestrin 00:49:35 00:52:30 00:02:55
Sarah Crowley 00:49:40 00:55:46 00:06:06 00:54:19
Nils Frommhold 00:49:41 00:50:47 00:01:06
Joe Gambles 00:49:41 00:52:29 00:02:48
Philipp Koutny 00:49:47 00:52:23 00:02:36
Ben Hoffman 00:49:50 00:50:45 00:00:55
Timothy O’Donnell 00:49:50 00:49:48 (-00:02) 00:49:41 00:47:45
TJ Tollakson 00:49:50 00:52:44 00:02:54
Will Clarke 00:51:54 00:51:43 (-00:11) 00:50:37 00:50:39
David Plese 00:51:55 00:55:13 00:03:18 00:54:02
Lionel Sanders 00:51:56 00:55:49 00:03:53 00:51:22 00:53:59
Jeanni Seymour 00:52:14 00:55:15 00:03:01
Cameron Wurf 00:52:24 00:53:28 00:01:04 00:50:58 00:50:51
Kimberley Morrison 00:54:33 00:58:37 00:04:04
Kaisa Sali 00:55:08 00:59:46 00:04:38 00:55:47 00:58:23
Els Visser 00:55:54 01:00:59 00:05:05
Mareen Hufe 00:56:58 01:01:17 00:04:19 00:58:47 00:58:34
Jen Annett 00:57:37 01:03:13 00:05:36 00:58:47
Annah Watkinson 00:57:37 01:01:36 00:03:59
Nikki Bartlett 00:57:46 01:02:57 00:05:11
Stefan Schumacher 00:58:05 01:01:30 00:03:25
Mirinda Carfrae 00:58:38 01:00:01 00:01:23 00:59:03 00:58:18
Bianca Steurer 01:01:31 01:03:22 00:01:51
Gurutze Frades Larralde 01:01:52 01:05:47 00:03:55 01:03:02 01:05:03
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