Swimming: Impressive medal haul for Flyers at meet

Nebulite Taranaki Flyers swim squad of 16 competed strongly at the Bay of Plenty short course swimming championships over the weekend, taking 11 gold, 13 silver and six bronze medals and collectively 96 personal best times and two Taranaki records.

The meet attracted 220 competitors from the Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki and Waikato regions.

Joshua Gilbert (11 years) slashed 6 seconds off his own Taranaki record, set in 2011, in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2.52.59.

In the 200m medley his time of 2.41.75 set a new record time lowering the 2.42.70 set by Julian Weir of Stratford in 2007.

Heading the medal count is 10-year-old Claudia Taylor with six gold and one silver; 12-year-old Chris Johnson with three gold, one silver and two bronze; and Cormach Hughson-How with seven silver and one bronze.

Finalists (first three places): Claudia Taylor (10yr and under girls), first in the 50m and 200m backstroke; 50, 100m and 200m freestyle, 200m medley, and second in the 200m breaststroke.

Chris Johnson (11-12yr boys), first 50m, 100m, 200m breaststroke; second 200m medley, third 100m medley and 100m backstroke.

Cormach Hughson-How (10yr and under boys), second 100m medley; 50m, 100m and 200m; 50m breaststroke, 200m backstroke, 50m butterfly; third 100m backstroke.

Mathew Anderson (13-14yr boys), first 400m freestyle 1.

Ryan Cooper (16yr and over boys) second 1500m freestyle, 200m backstroke, third 100m butterfly.

Jordan Wood (13-14 yr boys), second 200m butterfly.

Brittany Taylor (13-14 yr girls), second 100m backstroke; third 400m freestyle.

Joshua Gilbert (11-12 yr boys), first 400m medley; second 200m breaststroke; third 200m backstroke.

Swimmers not already mentioned who placed in the top eight, but not in top three: Zahn Collins, Lauren Wood, Caitlyn O'Connell and Rebecca Brown. Swimmers not in top eight finalists with personal best times: Bailee West (8), Bailee Drummond (3), Bayly Knofflock (3) and Emma O'Connell (3).

- Stratford Press

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