Wanaka Swim Club had 10 swimmers competing at the Otago Short Course Swimming Championships over the weekend, held at the Moana Pool in Dunedin. The team consisted of: Max Bagley, Kate Bennie, Jack Findlay, Jojo King, Lachlann Mactaggart, Coast Morland, Cruz Morland, Maya Parker, Benjamin Silipo and Douglas Wise.
The team achieved 100 percent personal bests in the first session of the competition. “[This is] an awesome achievement and a testament to how hard they have worked over the past term leading in,” said head coach Cameron Stanley.
“Most importantly, everyone learned a lot from the experience of being at a meet, as a team, and competing against the best swimmers in Otago.”
The following swimmers won gold medals and were Otago Champions for their age group in the following events: Max Bagley – 100 fly, 200 IM; Kate Bennie – 50 free, 100 free, 50 back, 100 back, 200 back; Jack Findlay – 100 back, 200 back; Cruz Morland – 50 back; Benjamin Silipo – 200 free, 100 back, 200 back, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM.
Further medals were won by Kate Bennie, Jack Findlay, Lachlann Mactaggart, Coast Morland, Cruz Morland. All team members achieved a top 10 placing and improved their ranking going into the competition, which is extremely encouraging for the future, especially given that approximately half were at their first Otago SC Champs.
The next competition on the calendar is South Island Champs held in Dunedin from August 16-18, and then New Zealand Short Course Champs held in Auckland at the beginning of October. Many of the swimmers on the team are working towards these competitions, and made big progress towards times that will put them in contention at these events.