Bags of gold for club


Another meet, another swag of medals for the Oamaru Swim Club.
Local swimmers produced a fine set of performances at the Swim Timaru meet at the weekend.
Thirty-three swimmers returned with 73 medals – 29 gold, 24 silver and 20 bronze.
Samuel Petrie (boys 10 and under) led the avalanche with five golds in his grade, including a massive personal best (by 8.91sec) in the 100m individual medley.
Micah Hayes (boys 13-14) swept the sprint freestyle events in his grade, winning over 100m, 200m and 400m, and Iessha Mansfield was equally dominant in the stroke in the girls 13-14 races, winning over 50m, 100m and 200m.
Imogen Keeling (girls 11-12) won the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley, Penny Keeling (girls 13-14) won the 400m and 800m freestyle and 200m individual medley, Alice Petrie (girls 13-14) won the 100m and 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley and Morgan Baillie (boys 10
and under) won the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke.
Molly Whittaker (200m breaststroke) and Abbey Wilson (400m freestyle) won golds in the girls 11-12 grade, and Corbin Fraser (50m and 100m breaststroke), Danny Gilbert (200m individual medley) and Rhys Charles (400m freestyle) won golds in the boys 11-12 grade.
Hayes, Imogen Keeling, Mequa Smart and Hanna Alegado all posted personal bests in each of their events.
Wilson qualified for two national short-course events and Hayes, Charlie Gilbert, Penny Keeling, Emma Petrie and Alice Petrie all added to their list of events.
Tiana Mansfield, Iessha Mansfield, Tandia Gooch and Jaxson MacDonald-Piner fill out the team competing in the national short-course championships in Auckland in October. For the new Oamaru swimmers, the Timaru event was a chance to improve on their results from the Neptune and Oamaru meets, and Jessie Bayley (main picture), Molly Whittaker, Jocelyn Fellows and Gemma Green were all excited to claim their first medals.


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