Littlejohn smashes national records

Littlejohn smashes national records Laura Littlejohn

3 November 2021

Blowing her competition out of the water, Laura Littlejohn (Year 12) has gained multiple medals and broken regional and national records over the course of the year.

On Saturday 3 July, Laura competed at the Waikato Winter Short Course meet where she broke the New Zealand 16-year-old girls’ record for her 200 metre individual medley, with a time of 2.12.85 minutes. Buoyed by this success, she then went on to compete at the New Zealand Secondary School Swim Championships two weeks later, where she was one of the standout athletes of the competition. Not only did Laura collect eight gold and two silver medals, but she also claimed two more New Zealand age group records, eight Waikato age group records and two Waikato Open records.

It was the rapid time of 54.03 seconds in the 100 metre freestyle that landed her a New Zealand record. Her 100 metre individual medley swim in just 1.00.59 minutes was also a New Zealand age group record and under the qualifying standard for the Senior World Short Course Champs due to be held in Dubai later this year.