Oamaru swimmers posted yet another impressive set of numbers at the New Zealand short-course championships in Auckland last week.The club returned with five medals, one national title, 25 top-10 placings and 24 personal best swims from 42 individual races. Alice Petrie glided to gold in the girls 13 years 200m butterfly on the last day of the event in a time of 2min 30.33sec, a personal best by 3.28sec. Petrie also had a 4.27sec improvement in the 200m backstroke, and finished with eight personal bests from nine events, three top-10 placings and one open final. Another of the star performers was Charlie Gilbert (boys 13 years), who won silver in the 1500m freestyle in a time of 17min 45.86sec, obliterating his previous best time by an astonishing 40.28sec. Gilbert also improved his 400m freestyle time by 4.48sec, and his 200m freestyle time by 2.31sec, finishing in the top 10 in both events. Penny Keeling (girls 13 years) was a big improver in the 800m freestyle, winning silver in 9min 31.06sec, a personal best by 8.93sec. Keeling finished a successful week with four top-10 placings and one open final. Tiana Mansfield (girls 15 years) scooped a pair of bronze medals and three backstroke top-10 placings in age group and two open finals. Mansfield won her bronzes in the 100m (1.88sec PB) and 200m (4sec PB) backstroke, and followed up with an improvement of 0.47sec in the 200m backstroke open final. other six swimmers but they all produced fine efforts in the pool. Iessha Mansfield (girls 13 years) had three fourth placings in freestyle events, and Jaxson Macdonald-Piner (boys 16 years) was a consistent finisher with five top-10 placings in his age group events and two open finals. Micah Hayes (boys 14 years) was sixth in the 400m freestyle, seventh in the 1500m freestyle and ninth in the 200m freestyle, Tandia Gooch (girls 16 years) posted a 2.44sec improvement in the 400m freestyle, Emma Petrie (girls 15 years) was 10th in the 800m freestyle, and Abbey Wilson (girls 13 years) had consistent splits in her events. Oamaru Swim Club president Sonya Macdonald was beaming when she reflected on the “pretty massive” achievements of the squad. “When you take into account the fact our guys had to train in Timaru for so long, to be able to mentally deal with that and go off to a national event with 670 swimmers and perform, it’s huge. “We couldn’t have asked for any more of the kids.” The next major event on the calendar is the Southland championships in December. Oamaru swimmers Meg Rogers, Elenoa Asi, Halalova Asi, Kari Croucher, Deegan Croucher, Mannix Fraser, Corbin Fraser, and Neighton Fraser competed at the Colin Walker Memorial in Queenstown at the weekend.
There were 26 top-three placings and plenty of personal bests. Deegan Croucher swam a juniors festival qualifying medley time, and Elenoa Asi and Corbin Fraser were top scorers in the girls and boys 11-12 age groups respectively.