FIVE swimmers represented Southland at the New Zealand National Age Group Champs last week.
The team of Amelia Black and Sualo Lafoga, of the Waverley Swimming Club, and Liam Devery, Joseph Koroiadi and Matthew Speight, of Murihiku Swimming Club, all made at least one long course personal time, with Koroiadi making personal best times in all nine events.
Black, Koroiadi and Speight all made multiple finals during the week and Lafoga made one.
These finals resulted in a silver medal for Speight in the 1500m freestyle, while Black and Koroiadi both got bronze the 400m freestyle and Koroiadi in the 200m individual medley.
Top 10 finishes were achieved by Lafoga, who was fifth in the 100m breaststroke. Black had a fifth in the 200m freestyle, sixth in the 800m freestyle and a seventh in the 100m freestyle.
Speight complemented his silver with two fifths in the 800m freestyle and 400m individual medley, along with a sixth in the 400m freestyle.
Koroiadi, along with his bronze, had a fourth in the 50m freestyle, five fifths in the 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 200m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke, a sixth in the 100m butterfly and a seventh in the 200m freestyle.
Koroiadi also bettered three Southland long course records which need to be ratified before they became official.
Last weekend, Brooke Anderson, of Orca Swimming Club, took part in the Halberg Games in Auckland.
I’ve heard one of the highlights for the competitors was the opportunity for them to meet Sir Richie McCaw during the weekend.
This was a fantastic opportunity for Anderson to take part in and a big thank you has to be given to Parafed Canterbury who looked after Anderson.