Tawa club up in the rank­ings

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Tawa Swim­ming Club im­proved its rank­ing against big­ger clubs at the Swim­ming Welling­ton Long Course Sum­mer Cham­pi­onships.

Tawa fin­ished fourth out of 38 clubs at the com­pe­ti­tion, held at the Welling­ton Re­gional Aquatic Cen­tre from Jan­uary 18 to 21. Tawa had been ranked sev­enth in 2012.

Swim­mers Cal­lum Sin­clair, 15, and first-time com­peti­tor Danika Viskovic, 10, topped their re­spec­tive age groups. Joel Cramp­ton, 10, broke the Welling­ton age group record in the 50 me­tre but­ter­fly.

Eigh­teen club records were also bro­ken dur­ing the three-day event, in­clud­ing one dat­ing back to 1987 in the 14-year-old girls’ 100m but­ter­fly. Tawa swim­mers col­lected 42 medals: 19 gold medals, 14 sil­ver medals and nine bronze medals. Nine­teen medals were awarded to ju­nior swim­mers aged 12 and un­der.

De­spite swim­mers only re­turn­ing to their home Tawa pool in Novem­ber af­ter it was closed for a year for ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment and earth­quake strength­en­ing, head coach Ja­son McPhee says the re­sults are re­flec­tive of the train­ing pro­gramme and the ad­di­tion of new and younger swim­mers.

‘‘The qual­ity and de­liv­ery of our coach­ing pro­gramme con­tin­ues to at­tract swim­mers to the club, re­gard­less of the dis­tance they are trav­el­ling to train.’’

De­spite the success at the week­end there is no let up in train­ing, with the fo­cus for many of the swim­mers shift­ing to the Ju­nior Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Welling­ton next month for swim­mers aged 12 and un­der, and the Na­tional Age Group Cham­pi­onships for swim­mers aged 13 to 18, fol­lowed by the NZ Open in March.

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