35 medals won by club
Matamata Swimming Club had a successful carnival at the Waikato Swimming Championships held over the weekend at Te Rapa.
Eighteen swimmers represented Matamata at the carnival with nine of the swimmers bringing home medals.
In the senior division, all three swimmers won medals. Matt Hyde collected six gold medals and one silver, Jamie Leach won three golds and two bronze medals and Abby Dickinson brought home one bronze.
In the junior division, Kyle Fannin won three silvers and a bronze, Rhys Dickinson collected one silver and one bronze medal, Marijke Hattingh brought home three gold medals and one silver, James Raymond collected one silver medal, Tian Daniels won a silver and two bronze medals and Tyler Tapper collected one gold, six silvers and one bronze medal.
A total haul of 35 medals was won overall by the club. Matamata finished fifth in the Waikato in the junior division and ninth in the senior division.
To top it off, Matt Hyde, Jamie Leach, Shonelle Eccles, Kyle Fannin, Marijke Hattingh and Tyler Tapper have all qualified for the National Championships to be held early next year.
Matamata Coach Graeme Laing said: ‘‘The kids went really well and I was very pleased with all of our squad swimmers.’’
The Matamata Swimming Club would like to thank Graeme for all his efforts.
Matamata will be hosting a swimming meet on February 4 next year with top swimmers from around the region usually making the trip to try to win some of the big cash prizes kindly donated by local Matamata businesses.