MAGS claim first NZSS Co-Ed Swimming Title

The Mt Albert Grammar School Swim Team have won the NZ Secondary Schools Co-Ed Swimming Championships for the first time in the school’s history.

The event, which ran from September 12-15 at Waterworld in Hamilton, attracted 733 swimmers from 160 secondary schools.

MAGS Swimming Captain Vasilina Shipilova led the 21-strong team to this inaugural victory in her final year at MAGS with strong personal performances including two bronze medals, 10 Top 8 placings and was a member of the gold medal-winning girls relay team.

FINA World Junior Swimming representative Brearna Crawford was also in devastating form and rewrote the record books, smashing three NZ 16 Years records, one Auckland Open and four Auckland Age Group records as she collected nine individual gold medals and one silver medal.

MAGS Academy’s top male swimmer of the meet Quin Walden produced outstanding results on his way to winning gold, silver and bronze medals. Quin achieved nine Top 8 national placings to lead the male points score for MAGS.

Anna McGowen, who trains with the Central City Swim Club, was the youngest member of the team and won Gold and her first ever national title in the 13 Years 100m Backstroke.

Coach Paul Kent said, “The team came together beautifully to produce this outstanding result for our school. I have no doubt that we will look back on this event with very fond memories, and the swimmers should feel very proud of this achievement. Each team member played their part in producing these outstanding results.”

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