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The start of something extraordinary


Over 100 athletes descended on Moana Pool, Dunedin, to welcome on in the summer.

Over the first weekend of December swimmers competed for top honours at the Otago 12 & under Regional Championships and they delivered some fantastic performances.

There were 278 new personal best times set at this meet, with a total of 219 medals and 214 finalist ribbons being award.

There were several amazing performances at the meet:

10 years & under - Madison Foote (Queenstown Swimming Club), took home 5 regional titles along with five new personal best times and Levi Heffernan (Oamaru Swimming Club) lead the boys with an impressive six titles.

11 years – Caitlin Hewson (Zenith Swimming Club) departed with five titles and six personal best times, Morgan Baillie (Oamaru Swimming Club) took out a clean swipe in breaststroke events adding to his six-title haul.

12 years – Elenoa Asi (Oamaru Swimming Club) showed her strength across all breaststroke distances taking home five regional titles with fellow team mate Samuel Petrie taking home 4 titles including at an impressive 16+ second personal time in the 200m individual medley.

Due to depth restrictions at the facility, relay events this year were increased to 4 x 100 meters, dominated by Oamaru Swimming Club taking out both the freestyle and medley relay events.

Fantastic swimming across both sessions, a real credit to this region’s athletes, coaches and parents, and a testament to your hard work and dedication, congratulations!

A massive thank you to all volunteers and officials for their efforts this weekend; without these people, meets such as this one would never take place, so recognition is in order.

Officials are a fundamental aspect of swimming, and the more officials we have the more smoothly meets run.

If you are interested in becoming an official, contact us at soswimmingotago@gmail.com and we can begin your training (if necessary for position) as soon as possible.

Our next event is the Otago 13 & over Regional Championships being held from 17 January 2018, in the meantime check out some of the imagines taken over the weekend on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/swimmingotago/ 

Thank you to Swimming Otago for the article and pictures.