Club swimmers impress
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.