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Swimmers up against the best

Posted at 4:25am Thursday 06 Dec, 2018 | By Sports reporter sports@thewanakasun.co.nz


Swimming Otago held its annual Long Course Championship meet from November 30 - December 2 at Dunedin's Moana Pool with five members of Wanaka Swim Club qualifying for the event.

Kate Bennie, Jack Findlay, Cruz Morland, Hannah Piper and Ben Silipo were up against some of Otago's best swimmers, but the stiff competition did not prevent them from bringing home 22 medals and recording 21 personal best times.

Between them the swimmers placed first 12 times, placed second six times, placed third four times and gained eight ribbons for finishing in places four to eight.

Kate Bennie and Ben Silipo also raced a new National Age Group Championships (NAGS) qualifying time for the 400m free (Bennie) and 50m free (Silipo).

Cruz Morland and Jack Findlay earned several PBs each and came close to their NAGS qualifying times while Hannah Piper bested her times in five out of nine events, working her way towards Division 2 qualifying times.
One final meet of the year lies ahead with the Southland Long Course Championships taking place in Invercargill from December 13-16.



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