7 swimmers bring home 17 medals
Oamaru swimmers produced another series of fantastic performances at a major meeting in Dunedin last week.
The team had just seven swimmers but performed superbly to claim 17 medals _ eight gold, six silver and three bronze _ and record four new national age group qualifying times at the Otago 13 years and over championships and combined Otago-Canterbury championships.
It continued a bounteous summer for the small Oamaru club, which is delivering consistently excellent results under coach Narcis Gherca.
The Dunedin meeting was over five days. Regional championships were determined in the morning sessions and the combined finals were held in the evenings.
All Oamaru swimmers achieved at least one final swim with Micah Hayes, Emma Petrie, Tiana Mansfield and Tandia Gooch building on strong regional swims and achieving placings in the combined finals.
It was a good opportunity for Gherca to gauge where some of his squad were at ahead of the New Zealand championships, where Gooch, Petrie, Hayes and Mansfield will be joined by Jaxson Macdonald-Piner, in April.
All seven Oamaru swimmers recorded personal best times in at least one event in Dunedin.
Lance Bogdalski cut 5.05sec off his 200m freestyle time, Jade Rogers dropped 7.50sec off her morning 400m freestyle race, and Petrie also had a strong 400m freestyle race, improving her qualifying time by 7.69sec.
Petrie had some excellent afternoon swims where she improved times and placings in a number of events, notably the 200m and 400m freestyle and the 200m backstroke.
A major highlight for the Oamaru squad was Hayes going sub-60sec and winning the boys 13-14 100m freestyle. He also claimed the Taieri Trophy, which was handed out by former Olympic swimmer Jonathan Duncan.
Further achievements were the four new qualifying times recorded for the national age group championships. Hayes added the 50m butterfly to his list of events, Petrie added the 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke, and Mansfield added the 100m backstroke.