Ju­nior swim­mers take on the best

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata swim­mers com­peted against the coun­try’s best ju­nior swim­mers in Welling­ton at the New Zealand Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships re­cently.

Rep­re­sent­ing Mata­mata Swim­ming Club was Tyler Tap­per, 12, who com­peted in nine events in­clud­ing two Waikato B re­lay team events.

Jor­dan Roger, 12, com­peted in three events, as did Mia Roberts, 11,and Caleb Lawrence, 10, com­peted in two events af­ter they had met very strict qual­i­fy­ing times through­out the sea­son.

The best re­sult was from Tap­per, who came ninth out of 35 swim­mers in 400m freestyle, team manager Kazuko Tap­per said. Tyler took nearly 11 sec­onds off his per­sonal best time. This plac­ing se­cured the swim club its only club points from the meet.

The coun­try’s top per­form­ing club, How­ick Paku­ranga, se­cured 1032.50 points from the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. They took home the Top Devel­op­ment Club tro­phy, which is awarded at each of the NZ Ju­niors and Di­vi­sion II com­pe­ti­tions.

Tap­per also came 11th in the 100m but­ter­fly, 21st in the 200m freestyle, 18th in the 50m but­ter­fly and 28th in the 100m freestyle. He also com­peted in two in­di­vid­ual med­ley events, plac­ing 13th in the 400m event and 21st in the 200m event.

This was Tap­per’s fourth and last par­tic­i­pa­tion in this meet, as he will now go on to the na­tional age group swim­ming cham­pi­onships. The event at­tracted 457 swim­mers from 83 clubs from through­out the coun­try.

More suc­cess for the swim club has come in the form of re­sults at the New Zealand Di­vi­sion II com­pe­ti­tion. Four lo­cal swim­mers headed to Dunedin, with James Ray­mond re­turn­ing with five sil­ver medals and a bronze plus two sil­vers for re­gional free and med­ley re­lay. Alana Wil­liams won a sil­ver in the girls re­gional med­ley re­lay and both Teri Bennett and Sean Mil­ward qual­i­fied for fi­nals and swam great per­sonal best times.

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Mata­mata Swim­ming Club mem­bers, from left, Jor­dan Rogers, Caleb Lawrence, Tyler Tap­per and Mia Roberts with coach Graemme Laing, com­peted at the New Zealand Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships re­cently.

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