Five-medal haul for Oamaru in ‘massive week’

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The 11 Oamaru Swim Club members who competed at the New Zealand age group championships did themselves and their club proud.

The five-day competition was held at the National Aquatic Centre in Auckland last week.

The Oamaru squad, coached by Narcis Gherca, brought home five medals.

Mansfield sisters Tiana and Iessha each won silver – Tiana in the girls 16 200m backstroke and Iessha in the girls 15 and under zonal relay A team 800m freestyle.

Tiana also won bronze in her 100m backstroke race and was fifth in the 50m backstroke.

Micah Hayes was a silver medallist in the boys 15 and under zonal relay A team 800m freestyle.

The other medal-winner was Corbin Fraser, who earned bronze in the boys 12-13 50m breaststroke.

Four more Oamaru swimmers had top-10 finishes: Micah Hayes was fifth in the boys 15 1500m freestyle and eighth in the 200m freestyle; Halalova Asi was fifth in the boys 14 1500m freestyle; Penny Keeling was eighth in the girls 14 400m individual medley; and Alice Petrie was sixth in the girls 15 and under zonal relay B team 800m freestyle and ninth in the girls 14 200m butterfly.

The other four Oamaru Swim Club representatives, Elenoa Asi, Rhys Charles, Mannix Fraser, and Imogen Keeling, swam their hearts out to achieve several personal bests during the championships.

“It’s been a massive week, with lots of swimming and learning,” parent Jan Keeling said.

“A huge thanks to our wonderful management and coaching team of Leigh, Rochelle and Narcis, who’ve masterminded the workings of the logistics, the caterers and the swimmers.”