Swim­mer breaks school record

Franklin County News - - SPORT -

Franklin’s Dy­lan Peth­er­ick swam his way to the top when he beat the Dil­worth School’s record and con­tin­ued his nine-year streak of be­ing school swim­ming cham­pion.

At this year’s com­pe­ti­tion the year 13 stu­dent broke two records, as he fin­ished the se­nior 25m back­stroke in 14.44 sec­onds and the se­nior 25m but­ter­fly in 13.53 sec­onds.

The head of se­nior cam­pus Neil Ritchie said Dy­lan’s achieve­ments in the pool were some­thing the school had not seen be­fore.

‘‘What is amaz­ing is that Dy­lan has been swim­ming con­sis­tently well ev­ery year since he started at Dil­worth in year 5,’’ Ritchie said.

‘‘He’s been here nine years and been cham­pion for his age group ev­ery one of those years.’’

Dy­lan said he is pleased with the tally he’s racked up at Dil­worth.

‘‘I’ve re­ally en­joyed swim­ming at the school and it’s great to be able to fin­ish off my last year with two record times,’’ he said.

Dy­lan started swim­ming when he was 10 at the Pukekohe Swim­ming Club.

Af­ter just one year of swim­ming, he com­peted in the New Zealand Ju­niors and was placed sixth in the 50m but­ter­fly.

He has also com­peted in Di­vi­sion 2 for the Pukekohe Swim­ming Club.

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