Over this last week three swimmers from the Whangarei Swimming Club competed at the National Division Two Championships held in Dunedin. All three swimmers competed with distinction and represented our club with great effort and pride.
Madison Brooke had a fantastic swim meet coming home with 3 Golds in the 50 Free, 100 Free and the 100 Back while also being a member of the Bronze winning Northland Freestyle Relay team. Madison just missed out winning a medal in the 50 Back coming home in fourth place. This race had a very exciting finish where there were only 4 splits between 2nd and 4th. The moment that we will all remember for a long time was Madison’s swim in the 100 Back. Everything was going along very nicely with Madison only just in front through the 25 then still leading at the 50 metre mark. With about 30 metres to go from somewhere Madison found a boost of power, strength and speed that absolutely left her rivals in her wake winning easily by 6 – 7 metres - WHOA. I will remember that race for a long time. To round out her meet Madison also reached the NAGS qualifying times for the 50 free, 100 free, 50 back and the 100 back. Congratulations Madison a fantastic effort one to be really proud of.
Cameron Ludgate competing for the first time at this meet also had a fantastic competition performing at a level that clearly demonstrated all of the effort and dedication that he has shown this season. There is a really neat feeling when you finally get to witness the moment when improvements in speed, success and achievement all comes together. For Cameron this meet was that moment. What a way to start the meet coming home with Gold in his first swim the 200 Back. This was followed up with Silver in the 100 Back, Ten another close race; while cheering and shouting all through the 50 Back final sure from our position mid pool that Cameron had won Gold we then looked up at the screen to find he had just been edged out to Bronze only splits separating the first three. Cameron also reached NAGS qualifying times in the 50 Back while needing under 1 second for the 100 Back and just over 1 second for the 200 Back to achieve this milestone.
Teegan Farr also attending his first National meet put in some huge efforts performing right up to his best. Teegan made 3 finals being the 200 Back the 50 Back and making top 8 in the 400 IM removing a huge 7 seconds from his entry time. He also achieved 7 PBs from his swims. It is with exposure to higher levels of competition that drives improvement and that desire to achieve. Teegan like Cameron and Madison have started this journey and we will continue to witness ongoing improvement driven by their success at this meet.
30 swims 25 PBs
4 Gold Medals
1 Silver Medal
5 NAGS Qualifying times
Conor Willy from the Dargaville Club who has been training with our squad – Silver in the 50 Fly and Bronze in the Northland Free Relay team. Not bad – very HAPPY.
It would be remiss of me if I didn’t highlight another great achievement that happened in Dunedin. Elly entered in the National Div 2 over 21 years of age shopping event exceled all week long. The first day was spent mainly eying up the competition, checking them out. By day two Elly was ready to strike. We were not prepared for the explosive, dedicated and totally committed approach that she brought to the task. As the sun set on day three of the meet Elly had amassed a huge total surely a massive PB. With the dust settling and the tally done she had achieved
10 Tops, 2 Thingies that go over other clothes, 1 Polo fleece jacket, 1 Pants and top thing, Just to show that she is more than an endurance shopper I was asked on Saturday (day 4) if I would like to go down town for a coffee - silly me I said “sure”. You will not believe what happened next, we were walking past MacPac (finding a coffee shop – yea right) Elly as quick as a rattle snake on a hot rock sprinted into the shop, bought a padded jacket and was back on the footpath before I even knew she was gone. Can’t even remember if I had a cup of coffee.
Great Meet, Great Time, Great Team. Thanks to all for the memorable journey. A special thanks to the Trusts Community Foundation for funding accomodation.
One happy coach. Photo album HERE