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LAST weekend saw the Murihiku Swimming Club hold its annual anniversary meet.

Eighty-four swimmers took part in the first long course meet of the season. The change from short course to long course is always a big step up and challenges the stamina of the swimmers, especially the younger ones.

Regan Cross (16), of Murihiku, came through in two of the closest races of the day, beating Liam Devery by 0.02 seconds in the 50m breaststroke and then taking out the 50m butterfly over Jackson Herrick by 0.32 seconds.

Tight racing like this always adds to the excitement of the day, it is also good for the swimmers to be pushed to achieve their best.

As always, the main focus of the day for a lot of the swimmers was the 100m handicap events where there was $100 for first place in each stroke.

The top two males and females in the 14 and over and 13 and under categories in the respective 100m heat for the stroke, go through to the handicap race.

However, swimmers are only allowed to compete in one handicap stroke, being the first one they qualify for.

The older swimmers put a lot of thought into which stroke they will compete in to give them the best chance of winning the money. The handicapping is based on each swimmer’s personal best time, not the heat time.

The handicap winners were backstroke – Jackson Herrick, breaststroke – Juliana Hastie, butterfly – Finn Excell, freestyle – Erika Leith.

Riverton Swimming Club is hosting a ‘Have-a-Go Meet’ on Thursday, November
26, at 5.50pm.

This meet is for any non-competitive swimmer who can swim 25m. The races are not timed and no placings are awarded but every swimmer gets a chocolate fish at the completion of each race.

Anyone interested can email Katrina at development@swimsouthland.org.nz before Monday.

This is a great opportunity for new swimmers to have a fun introduction to a bit of racing.

The next official meet will be the Ribbon Day Meet on Sunday, November 29.

This meet is for beginning competitive swimmers who will have the opportunity to shine, away from the shadow of the top tier swimmers.

This meet is run as a short course event, so get online and get your entries in.

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