Waikato swim­mers im­press in Aus

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - SWIM­MING

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.

IAN MACNICOL

Matt Stan­ley won bronze in the fi­nal of the men’s 200m freestyle at the Queens­land champs.

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