Junior swimmers take on the best
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.
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.