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SATURDAY saw a return to the pool for racing for only the second time this season, the last time being in July.

Since then, swimmers missed the opportunity to race at the Hokonui Sprints and the South Island Champs, which were cancelled because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Saturday’s Southland Short Course Champs featured good racing, with all swimmers giving it their best.

Whether it was due to the break from competition or just being happy to race, there were some big personal best times set during the meet.

The best performed from each club were:

Bluff: Zaedyn Hollands (10) firsts, 1 second, 1 third and 3 time improvements.

Central Southland: Benjamin Elder (9) time improvements.

Fiordland: Max Humphreys (12)

Hokonui: Joel Wilson (12) firsts, 3 seconds and 4 time improvements.

Johnston Waters: Isla Turner (10) time improvements.

Murihiku: Joseph Koroiadi (14) 4 firsts and 3 time improvements.

Orca: Jackson Herrick (16) firsts and 3 time improvements.

Waverley: Amelia Black (14) firsts and 4 time improvements.

The Southland team of Regan Cross, Joseph Koroiadi, Matthew Speight, Janelle Tinker (Murihiku), Ella Dougherty, Jane Fox, Jackson Herrick, Milli Low, Amie Pratt, Rhianna Short (Orca), Amelia Black and Teegan Strudwicke (Waverley), leave on Monday to compete at the NZ Short Course Champs in Hamilton.

The team has had a disrupted build-up. The champs were to be held in Auckland but, due to Covid-19 restrictions, this couldn’t happen. Swimming New Zealand made the call to transfer the champs to Hamilton.

If Auckland goes to Alert Level 1 on the Wednesday night, they will be allowed to take part in the final three days.

Because of this, Swimming New Zealand declared that with Auckland not being allowed to compete due to restrictions, the first two days will not be considered a national meet and national titles will not be awarded.

If Auckland swimmers are allowed to compete for the final three days, those days will be considered a national meet.Best SneakersNike