35 medals won by club

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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.

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