The New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships were held over the weekend at Waterworld in Hamilton with over 580 students competing from across the country.
Auckland Grammar School won the last event on the programme – the senior boys 4 x 50 freestyle relay. The team was made up of year 13 students A. J. Falconer, L. W. Tattersfield, O. Chen and C. M. Bradding. For all four students, this was their last ever swimming competition race for Auckland Grammar. Despite none of them being ranked in the top 15 freestyle swimmers individually, they pulled out a supreme effort with all four swimming faster than their individual times, to win the event by nine-one hundredths of a second.
The senior girls medley relay title was claimed by the Baradene College team made up of Simone Lusby (Backstroke), Emily Whitehead (Breaststroke), Summer Miln (Butterfly) and Rebecca Smolcic (Freestyle). The senior boys medley relay was won by Westlake Boys High School.
In the senior mixed category, Pukekohe High School placed first in both the 4 x 50 freestyle and 4 x 50 medley relays.
Auckland students also claimed a haul of individual medals. In the overall points standings, Auckland schools didn’t quite manage to take the top spots but Diocesan and Pukekohe High School placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the girls team rankings behind Waikato Diocesan, and Westlake Boys High School finished in third place behind Tauranga Boys and St Andrew’s College.
Click here for the full results from Swimming New Zealand.
Click here for the official NZSS Swimming Championships photos from BW Media.