FULL SPEED: Ella McKay swims in the 50m butterfly. Photos supplied

FIFTEEN junior Whakatane swimmers aged eight to 12 competed in round three of the Swimming Bay of Plenty Junior League at the weekend.

The event was held in Rotorua on Sunday and drew swimmers from eight clubs across the Bay of Plenty.

Competing in the boys and girls mixed 12-and-under age division, many of the younger Whakatane Swimming Club athletes earned top-10 places.

Caign Boonen proved his strength in the individual medley races.

Going up against 50-plus swimmers in the boys’ 12-and-under 100 metre individual medley, the 11-year-old placed second.

He also placed third in the 200m individual medley and seventh in the 100m breaststroke, knocking more than 12 seconds off his personal best in the process.

Whakatane athletes also showed they were the ones to watch in the relays, with the team of Caign, Alex Wilton, Brooke Leeder and Nikkolas Brown snatching second spot in the mixed 12-and-under 8x25m freestyle relay.

Caign, Brooke and Nikkolas teamed up with Ella McKay for the 12-and-under 200m medley relay, where they took out third place in a field of 14 teams.

Also swimming in the 12-and-under division, Alex, 12, placed fourth in the 50m backstroke and eighth in the 100m freestyle, Nikkolas, 11, finished ninth in the 200m IM, while Ella, 11, finished seventh in the 50m backstroke.

Swimmers also earned massive personal bests.

In the 100m breaststroke, nine-year-old Nicola Harland finished 26.29 seconds faster than her personal best, Ella earned a 21 second PB, and nine-year-old Haley Sullivan achieved an almost 15 second PB.

Whakatane swimmers will next be heading to the Central North Island Swimming Championships, being held in Rotorua over Labour Weekend.