There was no summer holiday rest for St Paul’s Swim Club as they competed in the National Open Water Championships finishing as the second place club overall in New Zealand.
Five St Paul’s Collegiate School students represented the club at the New Zealand Open Water Championships in Taupo where competition distances ranged from 1km to 10km endurance races.
St Paul’s Swim Club won gold in the NZ Open Water 4x1km girls relay squad which included St Paul’s Laura Littlejohn, she also placed 2nd in the Mid Epic 1km race
St Paul’s Swim Club also won the boys under 16 NZ Open Water 4x1km event which included our own Boston Tordoff and Samuel Peoples.
Boston Tordoff also placed 3rd in the Mid Epic 1km and 14th in the NZ Open 2.5km races.
Samuel Peoples placed 8th in the Mid Epic 1km, 3rd in the NZ Open Water 2.5km and 13th in the NZ Open Water 5km races.
St Paul’s Swim Club placed second in the boys 16 and over NZ Open Water 4x1km relay which included Matthew Chanwai.
Matthew also placed 4th in the Mid Epic 1km and 19th in the NZ Open 2.5km races.
Ben Haskell placed 5th in the Mid Epic 1km and 5th in the Epic 2.5km races.
Well done to our St Paul’s students who contributed to the club’s top national ranking.
New Zealand Open Water Championship Results:
- Laura Littlejohn (Year 12): 1st in the girls 4x1km and 2nd in the 1km.
- Boston Tordoff (Year 11): 1st in the boys 4x1km, 3rd in the 1km and 14th in the 2.5km.
- Samuel Peoples (Year 12): 1st in the boys 4x1km, 8th in the 1km, 3rd in the 2.5km and 13th in the 5km.
- Matthew Chanwai (Year 11): 2nd in the boys 16-18yrs 4x1km, 4th in the 1km and 19th in the 2.5km.
- Ben Haskell (Year 12): 5th in the 1km and 5th in the 2.5km.
Auckland Open Championships:
At the Auckland Open Championsips, Laura Littlejohn competed in December claiming nine Waikato pool records across all four strokes, including three open records (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle). Following the meet, Laura participated in the New Zealand Senior Squad training camp which proved a great opportunity to learn from and train with New Zealand’s leading swimmers.