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LAST week saw the 2021 AON New Zealand Swimming Championships held at the National Aquatic Centre in Auckland.

A team of five swimmers from Southland were in attendance under the watchful eye of Swimming Southland head coach Jeremy Duncan.

The team was made up of Teegan Strudwicke, of Waverley, Regan Cross, of Murihiku, and Jane Fox, Rhianna Short and Jackson Herrick, all of Orca.

All the team, except for para swimmer Jane Fox, competed in the 17/18-year age group.

For the four swimmers, it was the first year of opting to swim in the national championships week off school to compete.

The whole team performed well, with all of them improving personal best times in several events.

Jane Fox brought home a silver medal in the 100m butterfly and bronze medals in the 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke.

Fox also broke her own New Zealand records in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and the 100m freestyle and equalled her record in the 50m backstroke.

Breaking a New Zealand record does not automatically mean winning an event in the para multi-class events.

This is due to the swimmers holding different classifications based on their level of disability. The team did not manage any major open title finishes but achieved well in their age group, with all of them making at least one open final in the evening.

The next Southland team to travel will compete at the New Zealand Age Group Championships from Monday swimmers.

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