DURING the weekend of June 19 and 20, four local secondary schools sent teams to Timaru to compete at the South Island Secondary School Champs.

Winton’s Central Southland College was represented by Amie Pratt and Brooke Anderson.

Amie, who has been one of Southland’s top-performing swimmers in the past few years until deciding to give away competitive swimming after the 2020 NZ Short Course Champs, made a brief comeback for this competition. On limited training, she placed either first or second in all five of her events. While her times were slightly off her seed times, she still showed that she is a quality swimmer.

Amie was first in the 50m and 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle and second in the 100m individual medley and 100m freestyle.

Brooke, swimming in the multi-class events (for para swimmers) placed first in the 50m and 100m backstroke and second in the 50m and 100m freestyle and 50m breaststroke. Brooke also qualified to compete at the NZ Short Course Champs later in the year to join Jane Fox in the multi-class events.

James Hargest College sent the largest team of six swimmers. Brothers Regan and Sean Cross were competing, with Regan gaining bronze in the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle.

Younger brother Sean, while not making a podium finish, continued his recent run of improvement by taking a massive 19.40 seconds off his 100m individual medley entry time.

Ella Dougherty placed in all five of her events, winning the 50m freestyle and gaining second in the 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly and finishing with a third in the 50m butterfly.

Vivienne Shaw won a silver in the 100m butterfly and bronze in the 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke.

Rounding out the podium finishes for James Hargest College was Rhianna Short who won the 50m breaststroke and was third in the 100m individual medley, 100m breaststroke and the 100m butterfly.

Jackson Herrick, of Southland Boys’ High School, brought home a gold in the 100m breaststroke, silver in the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 100m butterfly.

Jackson was pipped by 6 one-hundredths of a second in the 50m butterfly by Dominic Coleman (Timaru Boys’ High School).