Club swim­mers im­press

Franklin County News - - SPORT -

Pukekohe Swim­ming Club sent a team of 26 ju­nior swim­mers to the Har­lequins Zone Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in Hen­der­son last month where they com­peted against swim­mers from Auck­land, Coun­ties Manukau and North­land.

This was the largest team of juniors the club had had qual­ify for a New Zealand event and coaches said the swim­mers ‘‘per­formed out­stand­ingly’’.

The team col­lected 18 medals, 10 gold, 5 sil­ver and three bronze. They fin­ished 7th in the club points com­pe­ti­tion and per­sonal best times were swum by the team in 78 per cent of their races.

Swim­mers who achieved PBs times in all their races were Ab­bie Gib­son, Char­lotte Hy­land-Mills, Grace Per­ham, Amelia De lau­tour and Eliot Williams.

Top fe­male per­former was 11-year-old Janaye Burns. She com­peted in 10 in­di­vid­ual races and won 7 gold and 2 sil­ver medals. Top male swim­mer for the club was 12 year old Thomas Mur­ray. He com­peted in 10 in­di­vid­ual events and won 2 gold, 1 sil­ver and 3 bronze medals.

Other in­di­vid­ual medal­ists were Zahn Cooney - gold in the 11 year old boys 100 but­ter­fly, and Darnika Howe - sil­ver in the 10 year old girls 50m breast­stroke. The freestyle re­lay team of Janaye, Thomas, Amelia and Zeal Jones also won sil­ver.

Coaches Jim Ruiter­man and Maki Jones were ex­tremely proud of their swim­mers and amazed at how well they had per­formed un­der the pres­sure of such a big event.

Pukekohe Swim­ming Club’s star ju­nior swim­mers, from left, Zahn Cooney, Zeal Jones, Janaye Burns, Thomas Mur­ray, Amelia de Lau­tour, Darnika Howe.

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