North teens qual­ify for world champs in China

Smith and McIn­tosh in NZ squad

The Northern Advocate - - Sport -

Two North­land swim­mers will rep­re­sent New Zealand at the 2018 FINA World Short Course Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in China.

Ciara Smith, 17, and Hay­ley McIn­tosh, 19, both qual­i­fied for the world cham­pi­onships at last week’s New Zealand Short Course Cham­pi­onships in Auck­land.

McIn­tosh, who has swum with the NZ High Per­for­mance squad in Auck­land for the past two years, made the A qual­i­fy­ing time in 800m free and the B qual­i­fy­ing times in both 200m and 400m free.

Smith, who trains in Whangarei un­der North­wave coach Mon­ica Cooper, made the B qual­i­fy­ing times in both 100m and 200m breast­stroke. They will join 16 other swim­mers from around New Zealand se­lected to com­pete in Hangzhou, China from De­cem­ber 11 to 16.

Smith ex­pe­ri­enced some drama at the short course cham­pi­onships — she was deemed to be dis­qual­i­fied for a false start in her 200m breast­stroke open fi­nal swim in which she broke her own na­tional open record with a time of 2.25.17.

The dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion was ap­pealed and con­se­quently over­turned, and she was able to claim both her gold medal and record. Smith was first in both 100m breast­stroke age group race and open fi­nal, smash­ing her own na­tional age group record.

She was edged into sec­ond place in the 50m breast­stroke age group race but came back in the evening open fi­nal to win gold. She won sil­ver in the 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley age group race, set­ting a new North­land age group and open time, and won bronze in the open event that evening.

McIn­tosh, up against the coun­try’s top freestyle swim­mers in all her events, won sil­ver in 400m and 800m free age group events, and bronze in the open races. She was third in the open 200m free and sec­ond in 1500m free, tra­di­tion­ally a men’s event.

Annabell Simp­son, 18, of North­wave, shone in her spe­cial­ist back­stroke events. She won sil­ver in her 100m back age group event, set­ting a new North­land age group and open time. She was first in her 200m age group race and sec­ond in the evening’s open fi­nal event. She won sil­ver also in 50m back, again with a new North­land age group and open record time and was fourth in the open fi­nal.

At his first na­tional short course cham­pi­onships Tyler Jepsen, 13, of North­wave was a stand­out, win­ning gold in his 200m back­stroke age group race with a new North­land age group record and mak­ing it into the top 30 open swim­mers for the fi­nals ses­sion. He won sil­ver in three other age group races — 100m back­stroke, 400m freestyle and 50m back­stroke and was fourth in 200m freestyle.

Hard on Jepsen’s heels was team­mate Quin Walden, also 13. He was third in all three of his age group back­stroke races, sixth in both 200m free and 100m IM and 10th in 50m fly.

Nel­lie Clark, 14, North­wave, won gold in 14-year women’s 50m breast­stroke, set­ting a new North­land age group record, also win­ning sil­ver in 100m breast­stroke. She placed fifth in 200m breast­stroke for her age group and swam in the open fi­nal.

Emilia Finer, 13, Bay of Is­lands, swim­ming at the champs for the first time, won sil­ver in 13-year women’s 800m free and placed third in her age group for both 400m free and 200m fly, qual­i­fy­ing for the open fi­nal ses­sion. She was fourth in 13-year women’s 400m free and 10th in 100m fly.

Made­line Whit­tam, 15, North­wave, won sil­ver in her age group for 200m breast­stroke and came 17th in the open fi­nal. She was fifth in 15-year women’s 100m breast and 10th in 50m breast.

Paul Lin­ton, 18, Bream Bay, placed sixth in his age group in 50m back, set­ting a new North­land age group and open record, and was 17th in the open event. He placed ninth in both 100m and 200m back­stroke. Nathalie Hull, 14, North­wave, placed sev­enth in her age group in 200m breast­stroke, eighth in 100m breast and 11th in 50m breast. Archie White, 17, Bay of Is­lands, was 19th in 17 and 18-year men’s 100m breast­stroke, and 21st in both 50m and 200m breast. Re­becca Reade, 16, Bream Bay, placed 13th in 16-year women’s 200m back­stroke.

PHOTO / SI­MON WATTS

Ciara Smith show­ing great form at the Swim­ming New Zealand Na­tional Short Course Cham­pi­onships.

PHOTO / SI­MON WATTS, BW ME­DIA

Hay­ley McIn­tosh dur­ing the Swim­ming NZ Na­tional Age Group Cham­pi­onships at the Welling­ton Re­gional Aquatic Cen­tre.

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