Swimming: Success for pool Flyers at champs


The Nebulite Taranaki Flyers Stratford were in the winner's circle at the Wellington Swimming Age Group Championships held at the Kilbirnie pool over five sessions last weekend.

The Stratford club finished fifth on points and as the top Taranaki club.

Joshua Gilbert and Claudia Taylor from the Stratford club were named top 11-year boy and girl of the meet in their age groups. The squad collectively won 46 medals: 28 gold, five silver and 13 bronze, and reached 134 personal best times and 17 new national qualifying times.

Joshua Gilbert broke eight Taranaki records for 11-year boys and Brittany Taylor three Taranaki records for 13-year girls.

Medals and finalists at the Wellington meet were: Joshua 11yr boys gold in the 200m, 100m, 50m breaststroke; 400m, 200m, 100m, 50m freestyle; 200m medley; and the 200m and 100m backstroke, and silver in the 50m backstroke.

Claudia Taylor 11yr girls gold 200m, 100m, 50m freestyle; 200m, 100m backstroke; 200m medley and bronze in the 50m backstroke.

Chris Johnson 12yr boys gold 200m, 100m, 50m breaststroke; 400m,100m, 50m freestyle; and silver 200m freestyle.

Brittany Taylor 13yr girls gold 1500m freestyle; 100m, 200m backstroke; and bronze 50m backstroke.

Matthew Anderson 14yr boys gold 200m backstroke; bronze 100m backstroke, and 100m and 200m freestyle.

Lauree Collins 10yr girls gold 100m breaststroke; bronze 200m breaststroke.

Ryan Cooper 16yr boys silver 200m backstroke; bronze 100m butterfly and 1500m freestyle.

Rebecca Brown 11yr girls silver 50m backstroke; bronze 100m and 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle.

Eleanor Gilbert 9yr girls bronze 50m backstroke.

Caitlyn O'Donnell silver 200m backstroke.

Cormach Hughson How bronze 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle.

Finalists: Zahn Collins, Baillee Drummond, Brooke Wells, Jordan Wood, Lauren Wood and Emma O'Connell.

Swimmers to make new national qualifying times: Emma O'Connell, Brooke Millar, Baillee Drummond, Laurie Collins, Matthew Anderson, Chris Johnson and Ryan Cooper.

- Stratford Press

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