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THE Southland swimming team arrived home from Hamilton on Sunday tired but happy with its success at the NZ Short Course Champs. The team won 16 medals

After the disruptions due to the change of venue from Auckland to Hamilton, due to Covid-19 restriction levels, and the lack of racing leading up to the Champs the performances showed their resilience.

Before the start, a bow in the movable bulkhead meant the pool did not conform to the required standard with the centre lanes being 20mm short of the 25m. This meant any records swum could not be ratified and recognised as official.

In the first session, Jane Fox swam two New Zealand Para records, neither of which could be ratified. However, the bulkhead was fixed and met the required standard. Jane then officially set NZ Para records in the S14 100m breaststroke, S14 100m backstroke and the 50m butterfly.

Fellow Southlanders Joseph Koroiadi and Matthew Speight gave Southland a one-two finish in the 14-year-old boys 400m freestyle. Matthew had gone in top seed with Joseph second seed but these positions were reversed during an exciting race.

Other standout performances were Joseph winning the 200m backstroke with an 11-second personal best time, which also qualified him for the Swimming NZ Bronze Development Squad and Matthew Speight winning the 1500m Freestyle 47 secs faster than his entry time. However, his actual short course personal best improvement was 1 min 23 secs.

Southland results:

Matthew Speight (14yo boys): Gold – 800m freestyle, 1500m freestyle, 400m IM; Silver – 400m freestyle.
Joseph Koroiadi (14yo boys): Gold – 400m freestyle, 200m backstroke; Silver – 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke; Bronze – 50m Butterfly, 100m IM.
Jane Fox (Para Multi Class): Results are determined by comparing times to the relevant World Record for their classification. Gold – 100m butterfly; Silver 100m backstroke, 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly; Bronze – 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle.
Amie Pratt (16yo girls): Gold – 50m backstroke, Silver – 200m backstroke, Bronze – 100m IM.
Amelia Black (14yo girls): Bronze – 400m freestyle.
Milli Low (16yo girls): Bronze – 200m backstroke.
Jackson Herrick (16yo boys): Bronze – 1500m freestyle.

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