Wanaka lands gold in South Island Swimming Championships

Pictured: Five Wanaka Swim Club swimmers competed in the South Island Swimming Championships at Moana Pool in Dunedin last weekend. Photo: Kathryn Bennie.

Five Wanaka Swim Club swimmers competed in the South Island Swimming Championships at Moana Pool in Dunedin last weekend: Kate Bennie, Jack Findlay, Lachlann Mactaggart, Cruz Morland and Benjamin Silipo.
Fourteen-year-old Silipo won four gold medals in the 400 individual medley (IM), 100 individual medley, 200 backstroke and the 200 freestyle. In the 400 IM, he also placed third in the open age final.
Morland won five medals—silver in the 400 IM, 200 breaststroke and the 100 breaststroke as well as bronze in the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke. Findlay swam several personal best times and won three medals—silver in the 200 backstroke and 100 fly and bronze in the 50 backstroke.
Mactaggart had a strong finish to the meet with some big personal bests on the last day of racing, as well as three close fourth places, finishing just 0.16 of a second off a medal in the 50 freestyle.
Bennie had some solid racing on day one, but had to withdraw from the remainder of the meet due to illness.
Overall, the team performed well, racing hard in the morning and then backing up those performances in the finals in the evening. This meet was primarily about gaining qualifying times for nationals, as well as race practice and sharpening up on race skills to prepare themselves for the New Zealand Short Course Championships in Auckland from October 1 through 5.


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