Swim­mers do well at NZ short course

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

The com­pe­ti­tion was fierce at the re­cent NZ Short Course swim­ming champs in Auck­land, among the field of in­ter­na­tional and na­tional swim­mers for medals, top 10 rank­ings and a place in the evening open ABC fi­nals.

Swim­mers from the Taupo¯ Swim­ming Club had a very suc­cess­ful week, with out­stand­ing re­sults.

John­son Bishop won gold in the 17/18 age group 200 breast­stroke and sil­ver in the 50 and 100 breast­stroke. John­son qual­i­fied for A fi­nals in these events and won open bronze in the 200 breast­stroke. He swam per­sonal best times in the 50 and 100 breast­stroke which also broke his own BOP records.

Keira Al­lott raced in the 14 year age group. She won sil­ver in the 400 freestyle and bronze in the 200 freestyle, also mak­ing the open fi­nals for both. She is the youngest swim­mer in the team. Keira con­sis­tently swam per­sonal best times and placed top 10 in her age group.

Toni Saun­ders raced in the 16 year age group.

She won bronze in both the 50 and 100 back­stroke.

Toni con­sis­tently qual­i­fied for evening fi­nals. As well as back­stroke fi­nals she also made fi­nals for the 50 fly, 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley, 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley and 100 freestyle.

Toni con­sis­tently swam per­sonal best times and ranked in the top 10 in her age group.

Thomas Bishop raced in the 16 year age group. His best re­sult came in the 100 breast­stroke where he placed eighth in a good per­sonal best time.

He also swam per­sonal bests in the 100 In­di­vid­ual Med­ley and the 50 and 100 back­stroke.

Nathan Row­land raced the 50,100 and 200 breast­stroke in the 15 year age group. He came away with three per­sonal best times and three top 10 plac­ings.

Nathan’s best plac­ing was fifth in the 100 breast­stroke.

Cuda Tawhai raced in the 50 freestyle para class.

He swam a solid heat swim to qual­ify for the evening fi­nal where he placed sixth.

Cuda was right on his per­sonal best time.

It is many years since Taupo¯ Swim­ming Club has re­turned from a na­tional meet with such out­stand­ing re­sults.

Coach Peter McCal­lum en­joyed the week with his team, and they were man­aged by Lisa Row­land and Janet Bishop.

Photo / Sup­plied

Taupo¯ Swim­ming Club medal­lists from the re­cent New Zealand Short Course Cham­pi­onships. From left: John­son Bishop, Toni Saun­ders and Keira Al­lott.

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