Two of the coun­try’s best ju­niors on water com­pete

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata swim­mers James Ray­mond, 12, and Tyler Tap­per, 10, com­peted at the New Zealand Ju­nior Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in Auck­land over the week­end.

Only the best ju­nior swim­mers in the coun­try, 12 years and un­der, are el­i­gi­ble to take part in the cham­pi­onships, so the boys had to meet strict qual­i­fy­ing times prior to the event.

The Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships are held si­mul­ta­ne­ously in Auck­land and Welling­ton. North­ern re­gion swim­mers at­tend the Auck­land meet, while cen­tral and south­ern swim­mers at­tend the Welling­ton meet. The times from each venue are com­bined to work out the even­tual cham­pi­ons.

James com­peted in four in­di­vid­ual freestyle events. He was also part of the Waikato team which took fifth place in the 200m freestyle re­lay. This was third place in the north­ern re­gion.

Tyler swam in six races over the two days of com­pe­ti­tion. He had three top 10 fin­ishes, his best re­sult be­ing sixth in the 200m freestyle, which was third place in the north­ern re­gion.

Next week it is the turn of Mata­mata’s se­nior swim­mers. Kyle Fan­nin, 13, Matt Hyde, 16, Jamie Leach, 15, Thomas Ray­mond,14, and So­phie Wise­man,18, will travel to Welling­ton with coach Graeme Laing to com­pete at the New Zealand Age Group Cham­pi­onships in Welling­ton.

Tyler Tap­per, left, and James Ray­mond at the New Zealand Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships.

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