An impressive 12 medals including nine gold, were won by St Paul’s swimmers at the New Zealand Age Group Championships (NZAGC) in Wellington over the April school holidays.
Laura Littlejohn continues to dominate across the country, winning gold in all seven of her individual 16-year-old female events, as well as taking home bronze in the 4 x 100m mixed freestyle relay. During the swim meet, she set two more Waikato Open records in the 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and four more age group records. Her times in the 50m and 100m freestyle races qualified her for the 2021 World Junior Championships, which will be held in Russia later this year. Laura also won the Life Members Trophy award for her 100m freestyle swim which is given to the most outstanding individual performance at the NZAGC.
Oliver Mouat backed up his 2020 national titles winning the 50m and 100m butterfly events in the 14-year-old boys’ category. His swim in the 100m butterfly earned him a New Zealand Swimming Bronze Level standard time and selection into the New Zealand Age Group squad. Ollie also finished 9th in the 200m freestyle, 11th in the 50m freestyle, 12th in the 100m freestyle and 19th in the 50m breaststroke.
Boston Tordoff finished second in his 50m breaststroke taking home a silver medal and his first Waikato Age Group record in the 16-year-old boys’ category. He placed third in the 100m breaststroke, 5th in the 200m breaststroke, 12th in the 200m butterfly and 19th in the 50m butterfly.
Sam Peoples achieved a bronze medal in the mixed 4 x 100m freestyle relay and in his individual events he finished 9th in the 50m freestyle, 11th in the 100m freestyle, 12th in the 200m freestyle and 21st in the 200m medley.
Alina Zabel finished 14th in the 200m breaststroke, 15th in the 100m breaststroke and 22nd in the 200m breaststroke in her 15-year-old girls group.
An excellent performance from all of our St Paul’s swimmers. We look forward to seeing Laura Littlejohn perform at the World Junior Championships in August.