Waikato swimmers impress in Aus
The Waikato swimming duo of Matt Stanley and Georgina McCarthy were standout Kiwi competitors on the opening night of the Queensland Championships in Brisbane.
Stanley returned to competition in the pool after a break following the Rio Olympics earlier this year to finish third in the 200m freestyle in a time of one minute 49.38 seconds.
The Australian-based Matamata swimmer, who has moved to Bond Swimming Club in Queensland under new coach Richard Scarce, was beaten by the Australian duo and fellow Rio swimmers Thomas Fraser Holmes (1:47.70) and new clubmate Cameron McEvoy (1:48.05) in the final.
Stanley had been home in Matamata a few months ago and was the guest speaker at the Matamata College sports prizegiving awards.
He is now among 86 New Zealand swimmers from 33 clubs are competing in Australia this week at the Queensland Championships and the Victorian Age championships in Melbourne.
McCarthy, from the Hillcrest club, broke a national age-group record when she finished second in the girls’ 14 years 200m medley in Brisbane. She clocked 2:20.69 to be nearly one second under the previous mark set by Carissa Thompson in 2000.
Matt Stanley won bronze in the final of the men’s 200m freestyle at the Queensland champs.