Swimming champ wins two national golds

Ben Silipo on his way to winning the 400m IM.

Wanaka’s local swim team competed at New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships which were held during the school holidays at the National Aquatic Centre in Auckland. Four swimmers finished well with the most outstanding results going to Benjamin Silipo who took gold in the 400m individual medley, and 1500m freestyle; silver in the 200m IM, 200m breaststroke, 400m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle; and bronze in the 100m IM. He also took three other top ten rankings. 

Kate Bennie placed ninth in 50m freestyle, 10th  in the 100m freestyle. Jack Findlay placed 9th in the 100m backstroke, 10th in the 200m backstroke, eighth in the 200m butterfly. Cruz Morland placed eighth in the 400m IM. 

The qualifying times are tough and it is a significant achievement just to get to the point where you can compete at a National Championship. The team had some awesome results in Auckland with almost all swimmers being PBs, and everyone achieving a top 10 finish.


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