Swimmers rise to national championship challenge


Oamaru swimming’s marvellous year continued with a string of impressive performances at the New Zealand age group championships in Wellington last week.
The five-strong Oamaru Swim Club squad produced a swag of personal bests and had no fewer than nine top-10 placings against the cream of New Zealand swimming.
The best of the local swimmers was Waitaki Boys’ High School superfish Micah Hayes, who claimed two bronze medals in the 12-13 boys category.
Hayes posted 4min 26.42sec, a personal best by 3sec, to finish third in the 400m freestyle final. He touched the wall less than 1sec behind the gold medallist.
Hayes followed that up with 17min 49.88sec, a personal best by a whopping 24sec, in the final of the 1500m freestyle for his second bronze medal to cap a fantastic week.
Earlier, he swam 5min 16.47sec to finish fifth in the 400m individual medley final, and 2min 7sec to place fifth in the 200m freestyle.
There were plenty of highlights from the other Oamaru swimmers.
Emma Petrie produced a lovely swim in the girls 14 800m freestyle to finish fifth in a personal best time of 9min 50.40sec.
Jaxson Macdonald-Piner followed his seventh in the boys 15 50m butterfly with sixth in the 50m freestyle final (25.45sec), and eighth in the 200m butterfly final (2min 19.43sec).
Tiana Mansfield followed her seventh in the girls 14 100m backstroke with a personal best in the 50m backstroke, and both Petrie and Tandia Gooch swam personal bests in the Otago 4200m freestyle relay and were unlucky not to medal.
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