WHAKATANE swimmers earned podium finishes at the Bay of Plenty Short Course Championships over the weekend.
Twenty-three Whakatane swimmers competed at the meet, which was held at Baywave at Mount Maunganui. The event drew more than 450 athletes, including competitors from out-of-region clubs, who raced in 3055 races over three days.
Whakatane Swimming Club’s senior swimmers had a strong showing at the event, with Marley Orr, 14, swimming in the 13-14 age group, claiming gold in his favourite events, the 50-metre, 100m and 200m breaststroke. He had top-10 finishes in three other events.
Jean Daniel-Daniel Rosset, 17, competing in the men’s 17 and over age group, claimed the podium in several races. He earned silver in the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly, and bronze in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, and 100m butterfly. He also placed fourth in the 100m individual medley and 50m breaststroke and had top-10 finishes in three events.
Tessa Dodson, 16, placed fourth in the women’s 13 and over 400m individual medley and had top-10 finishes in the 100m and 200m backstroke.
Ashleigh Lawlor, 13, competed in the girls 13-14 age group, and had strong finishes in the 100m individual medley, 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke, placing sixth in all three. She had three other top-10 finishes.
Paul Rudolph, 15, swimming in the men’s age 15-16 events, had top-10 finishes in the finals of the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke.
Deshan Seneviratna, 13, had a strong finish in the 50m backstroke, where he placed fourth, and earned top-10 spots in three events.
Joshua Hansen, 13, competed in the boys 13-14 events, and finished in the top 10 in the 100m backstroke and 50m breaststroke.
Tyrone Herring, 14, had top-10 finishes in the 50m freestyle, 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke.
For the juniors, Holly Rowland, 10, competing in the 10-and-under girls, showed she was one to keep an eye on after taking out silver in the 50m and 200m breaststroke, and narrowly missed medalling in the 200m and 400m individual medley and 100m breaststroke, where she came in fourth. She had top-10 finishes in her three remaining events.
Kaylee Lawlor, 12, had a good meet, earning bronze in the 200m individual medley, and placing fifth in the 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle, and seventh in the 100m breaststroke and 100m individual medley. She also had a top-10 finish in the 50m backstroke.
Savannah Macey, 9, swimming in the girls 10 and under, managed top-10 finishes in her two breaststroke events.
Coco Wren, 9, also finished sixth in the 50m backstroke.
Coach Mason Pickering said big race loads led to big results for the Whakatane swimmers this past weekend.
“The entire team picked up multiple PBs across the three days of tough competition – the older swimmers got the great experience of racing against Zac Reid of Aquabladz, recently returned from the World Champs/World Cup circuit.
“Great personal results were punctuated with 10 top-three placings and an equal number of new National Short Course qualified events.
“Our swimmers now get straight back into their prep for AIMs Games and Secondary School Championships, both mid-September.”
The junior swimmer will next be competing at the second round of the Junior League this weekend.