Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to officially announce the Global Champions of the Gobal Swim Series. It’s been a long season featuring 77 races in 19 different countries, each offering their own different flavor of excitement.
The series got a lot more competitive in a lot of regions this year. With many more races there was easier access for swimmers around the world to get more chances to compete. In addition, we also saw a number of swimmers take trips to travel to different events as well. This is exactly what we try to promote here at GSS, swimmers from around the world planning fun and exciting trips to different races. In particular we saw competition heat up in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, the USA & South Africa.
It was a long season, and we’re proud to announce the 2016/17 Global Swim Series Champions! Congratulations to these 4 who will have their names added to the GSS trophy!
Male Wetsuit Division
Paul Magill was the winner of the Men’s Wetsuit category completing 8 races with a total of 720.13 points. He narrowly beat out Peter Wilson by just 17 points. Stephen Archer was third in the division just cracking the 600 point barrier.
A quick look into the races completed by Magill and one can see that to obtain that 720 point total he completed 5 races in Northern Ireland and 3 in New Zealand. Naturally a few people were wondering if this was in fact the same Paul Magill who completed all the races so far apart. It turns out that Paul Magill is not only a die-hard GSS competitor, but also quite the world traveler. He moved mid-season from Ireland to New Zealand and after enjoying the GSS season in Europe was also able to take part in the some of the Auckland area races as well. So overall an impressive win featuring races on two opposite ends of the world, just what the Global Swim Series is all about, swimming everywhere!
|1||Paul Magill||N Ireland||30-39||720.13|
|2||Peter Wilson||N Ireland||40-49||703.28|
|3||Stephen Archer||N Ireland||50-59||606.73|
|4||Jack Mccullough||N Ireland||19&U||578.7|
Female Wetsuit Division
The 2016/17 GSS Champion on in this division is Heather McLaughlin finishing at 711.56 points with 9 races completed. McLaughlin won by just over 100 points over the teenage Lauren Archer. Both women competed in races in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Both McLaughlin and Archer competed in the GSS European Championships with Archer being the 8th fastest female at the event. Barbara Loeprich of Canada finished in 3rd overall in the division.
|1||Heather Mclaughlin||N Ireland||40-49||711.56|
|2||Lauren Archer||N Ireland||19&U||609.08|
|5||Rachel Lilly||New Zealand||20-29||456.08|
|7||Liz Calvert||New Zealand||60-69||359.17|
|8||Rea Doherty||N Ireland||353.32|
|9||Bronwen Burmester||New Zealand||60-69||351.88|
|10||Jenny Stark||New Zealand||50-59||299.83|
Male Non-Wetsuit Division
In the Non-Wetsuit category it was Jack Boyle of Ireland who was the big winner here. Boyle completed the season just shy of 700 points and 186 points ahead of Sean Campbell who finished 2nd. Dean Halliday emerged ahead in a tight battle for third, giving the Europeans the sweep of the division.
|2||Sean Campbell||N Ireland||40-49||512.2|
|3||Dean Halliday||N Ireland||40-49||464.39|
|7||Mike Cochrane||New Zealand||30-39||372.47|
|8||William Ashforth||New Zealand||19&U||364.61|
|10||John Alexander Mcconnell||N Ireland||40-49||329.16|
Female Non-Wetsuit Division
This one wasn’t even close. Though the division itself was very competitive from top to bottom, at the top end Ciara Doran of Ireland dominated the entire way. Doran crushed the existing GSS points record with 1185.57 points and completed 12 races. The 16 year old was unstoppable as she competed in races all across Ireland and Northern Ireland this season. She was undefeated throughout much of the season, winning her first 7 GSS races outright, posting the fast time overall in each. Doran also was the top female in the 3km at the GSS European Championships and came 3rd overall. She won the division by 520 points over Julie Murphy. Murphy just beat out fellow countrywoman Olive Conroy by just 5 points to take 2nd place (with Conroy finishing 3rd).
|2||Julie Murphy||N Ireland||40-49||666.16|
|3||Olive Conroy||N Ireland||19&U||661.18|
|5||Susan Bryden Cromwell||Canada||50-59||588.48|
|7||Paulette Tasker||New Zealand||40-49||391.66|
|8||Emma Van Loock||N Ireland||40-49||384.9|
With almost 80 races all over the world it’s tough to recap every highlight of the year, but here’s a few interesting facts & stats we wanted to note:
-72% of the age group records were broken from last year. 2 out of the 4 Global Champions broke their respective division records, both in the Non-Wetsuit Category (Jack Boyle and Ciara Doran).
–George Milne of Canada in the 80&O Male Wetsuit Category is the only person to have defended their age group title from last year. With increased competition from different areas of the globe it’ll be interesting to see what happens next year as well.
-The Female Non-Wetsuit division broke every single age group record from last year with the winners averaging 234 points higher than the winners last year. This dramatic increase was of course headlined by Ciara Doran’s dominant 1000 point increase from the 19&U age group winner last year (the average increase with Doran removed is still over 100 points for the remaining age groups however).
GSS Age Group Champions 2016/17
Male Wetsuit Age Group Winners
|20-29||Jonathan Ridler||New Zealand||351.84|
|30-39||Paul Magill||N Ireland||720.13|
|40-49||Peter Wilson||N Ireland||703.28|
|50-59||Stephen Archer||N Ireland||606.73|
Female Wetsuit Age Group Winners
|19&U||Lauren Archer||N Ireland||609.08|
|20-29||Rachel Lilly||New Zealand||456.08|
|30-39||Kate MacPherson||New Zealand||239.35|
|40-49||Heather McLaughlin||N Ireland||711.56|
|60-69||Liz Calvert||New Zealand||359.17|
Male Non-Wetsuit Age Group Winners
|30-39||Mike Cochrane||New Zealand||372.47|
|40-49||Sean Campbell||N Ireland||512.2|
Female Non-Wetsuit Age Group Winners
|30-39||Michelle Chopra||New Zealand||313.2|
|40-49||Julie Murphy||N Ireland||666.16|
Full GSS Global Rankings can be found here.
Finally, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of the race directors, organizers, crew, volunteers, and everyone else who helps keep the Global Swim Series Races going. Without the hard work by a lot of people around the world all these great races wouldn’t be able to run. It takes a lot of hard work and those who help to put on these incredible races deserve a lot of recognition.
And also a thank you to you, the swimmers. The tens of thousands of you from all corners of the globe that came out and took part in a GSS race this year. Your enthusiasm and excitement for our sport is what keeps us at the Global Swim Series constantly motivated to improve. Our motto has always been that life is a participation sport and we’re very happy to have the tens of thousands (and constantly growing number) of you who choose to get off the couch and jump into the water who share our philosophy. Thanks for a great 2016/17 season and cheers to an even better one next year!
-The GSS Team
The beauty of a truly global series is that there’s no off season. There’s going to be plenty of great races and excitement coming up soon! We’ll be kicking off year 3 of the Global Swim Series officially on May 1st so stay tuned for more!