St Kevin’s College carved up at the Aoraki secondary schools swimming championships in Timaru last week.
The Oamaru school had 18 swimmers (nine girls, nine boys) at the meet, and returned with a bulging haul of medals.
Bulging? Yes. St Kevin’s claimed no fewer than 37 medals – 15 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze.
Among the stars was Tiana Mansfield, who dominated the girls 15 and over competition with golds in the 100m medley and 50m and 100m backstroke.
She also joined Tandia Gooch, Emily Hayman and Jocelyn Fellowes to win the 15 and over 200m freestyle relay.
Imogen Keeling also played a starring role, winning gold medals in girls 14 and under competition in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly.
She joined sister Penny, Johanna Alegado and Iessha Mansfield to win both junior girls relays.
Gooch (50m butterfly), Alegado (50m backstroke), Penny Keeling (200m medley) and Iessha Mansfield (50m freestyle) all won golds in their respective grades.
Corbin Fraser (boys 14 and under) continued his sizzling form with two gold medals (100m medley and 50m breaststroke), setting an Aoraki record of 35.63sec in the latter.
Of the 54 records in Aoraki swimming, St Kevin’ssecond to Ashburton College.
Alice Petrie (Waitaki Girls’ High School) produced some cracking swims in the girls 14 and under grade.
She won gold in the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly, and added silver in the 100m medley, while schoolmate Abby Wilson claimed silver in the 50m butterfly in the same grade.
Micah Hayes, one of the many Oamaru swimmers using this meet as a relatively low-key preparation for the national age group championships, led the Waitaki Boys’ High School swimmers with bronze in the 15 and over 200m freestyle, and bronze in the medley relay alongside Jared Mee, Mackenzie Rayne and Ben Tiffen.