Impressive results at regional event


Oamaru Swim Club athletes have left their best in the water.

The club sent a team of 14 swimmers to the Neptune Queen’s Birthday meet recently, and they brought home 29 medals and recorded 25 new personal best times.

Olivia McLean (12) led the pack, securing personal bests in all eight of her races for the girls 12-13 age group, and winning five golds and a silver.

Olli McDiarmid-Jones (15) was close behind, taking personal bests in all six of his events, winning a gold , four silvers and a bronze.

Eric Strachan (13) had five personal best times, and picked up a silver in the 200m breaststroke and a bronze in the 400m freestyle, and Hannah Burke (13) gained six personal best times and picked up a bronze medal.

Oamaru took a clean sweep of the girls 12 to 13-year-old grade 200m breaststroke, with Olivia taking gold, Frankie McDiarmid-Jones silver, and Hannah bronze.

Other stand-outs were Samuel Petrie (16), gold in the 400 individual medley, Jorja McDiarmid-Jones (17), gold in the 50m breaststroke, and Angus Burke (10), gold in the 200m backstroke.

Oamaru Swim Club president Michelle McLean said she was proud of all the swimmers’ efforts, against 300 others from across Otago, in the biggest Otago regional event for a long time.

‘‘It was also the biggest team Oamaru has taken to a meet since prior to Covid restrictions,’’ McLean said.

‘‘The atmosphere, camaraderie and noise within the team was beautiful to watch. [I’m] really impressed with the way the team supported each other and the amount of amazing personal best times achieved.’’