Oamaru swimmers shine in Wellington

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Local trio Isobel Ryan, Jared Brenssell and Jaxson McDonald Piner performed well at the National Age Group Swim Nationals in Wellington last week.

MacDonald Piner picked up two silver medals in the 200m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly races.

The 13-year-old also competed in the 100m and 50m Butterfly races as well as the 50m and 400m Freestyle event, in which he missed out on a medal by 0.01 of a second.

The St Kevin’s College student said he enjoyed the experience and level of competition.

“I’m pretty proud of how well I competed up there, It was great to experience the level of swimming that was there.”

Isobel Ryan made her return to competitive swimming for the first time in almost a year, but the layoff did not harm her performances, taking first place in the 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle.

Ryan went on to collect silver medals in the 50m Backstroke, Butterfly and open Freestyle final behind Youth Olympic Team member Gabrielle Fa’amausili.

The starlet said the team has benefited from the influence of new coach Narcis Gherca and was surprised by her level of fitness.

“It was a fantastic event and I competed against Lauren Boyle which was a great experience,” said Ryan.

“It was pleasing to have done so well with us having only been involved with Narcis our new coach for a short period of time.”

“I kind of didn’t realise how fit I was despite having not competed in a year.”

Waitaki Boys’ High School student Jared Brenssell also produced fine displays, posting two personal best times in the 200m and 400m Freestyles.

Next on the agenda for the swimmers is the South Island Championships in Timaru at the end of this month where Ryan will attempt to record a time off 55 seconds or better in the 100 Freestyle.

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY – Jaxson MacDonald Piner and Isobel Ryan with their medals from the Wellington competition.