Murgatroyd takes out 2020 Australia Day Swim Thru

The 21st Australia Day Swim Thru saw 29 competitors take to the water in stellar conditions on January 26.

The race drew a strong crowd to the James Street Groyne as swimmers tackled the 2.5 kilometre open water course.

After placing second in 2019, young-gun Ben Murgatroyd,15, secured this year's overall competition win with a time of 37 minutes and 13 seconds, just seconds off the 37:07 race record.

Mitchell Cooper and Georgia Gregory battled it out until the end, with the pair finishing just one second apart at 39:01 and 39:02.

Gregory took out the overall win for the female division, returning after her record-breaking 2018 swim where she was named the competition's first ever female winner.

James England placed fourth overall and third in the men's division with a time of 40:29.

Last year's female division winner, Maddilyn McGrinder finished fifth overall with a time of 40:37, closely followed by Bailey Fiegert with a time of 40:59.

Alexandra Hackett, Lara McIntyre, Kevin Macneall and Michael Hackett rounded out the top ten with each competitor completing the race in under 45 minutes.

Swim Thru volunteer Lara McIntyre said the race continued to be a great community event which provided solid competition.

Ms McIntyre said she was pleased to see Murgatroyd take out the win ahead of his Rottnest Channel Swim in February alongside fellow competitor Maddilyn McGrinder.

"I'm really impressed that Ben won because I know how competitive it was up the front. He's been keen for a few years to take it out and he did," she said.

"The conditions were sensational this year, it was really clear out there so you could see the bottom and see the sea grass all the way around."

Ms McIntyre said it was wonderful to see long-time competitors such as 80-year-old David Egan take to the water with enthusiasm and stamina.

"We always get such a diverse range of ages and that is some of the beauty of the swim is that you can keep swimming at all ages," she said.

"Those people who are in the water the longest are often the most courageous and best swimmers in a way."

This year's event saw competitors and spectators bring their own swim caps, coffee cups and water bottles to reduce waste.

Ms McIntyre thanked sponsors Esperace Toyota, Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club, Esperance Volunteer Marine Rescue, Department of Transport and all Tri Club Members for putting on the day and keeping swimmers safe.