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NZ Age Group Champs 2019

Northland’s swimmers made their presence felt at last week’s National Age Group Championships at the Wellington Aquatic Centre where the team of 16 spent five days competing against around 600 of the country’s top age group swimmers, picking up eight medals.

Five medals went to just one swimmer – Ciara Smith (18) of Northwave Swimming Club. Smith won gold in all three breaststroke distances and in the 400m individual medley, and silver in the 200m individual medley. She broke five Northland Age Group records and set new times for the Northland Open women’s 200m IM and 400m IM. She also took a New Zealand Age Group record, beating Annabelle Carey’s 2007 time of 2.34.31 in 200m breast with a 2.33.64 swim.

The other three medals went to Smith’s Northwave teammate Tyler Jepsen (14) who won silver in 100m back and 200m back and bronze in 400m free. He won two of his medals – for 400m free and 100m back - on the first day of competition, improving his time in both events. Tyler made the finals of all his events through the week and based on his performance at NAGs, has been invited to attend a Swimming New Zealand camp in May along with around 40 other top age group swimmers from which a team to attend the Australian State Teams Championships will be selected.

Other Northland swimmers to make finals were: Quin Walden (14, Northwave) 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke; Emilia Finer (14, Bay of Islands) 200m fly, 1500m freestyle; Madeline Whittam (15, Northwave) 200m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke; Nellie Clark (15, Northwave) 100m breaststroke; Rebecca Reade (16, Bream Bay) 200m backstroke

Top 20 place getters from the Northland team at National Age Group Championships were: Madeline Whittam (15, Northwave) 50m breaststroke; Lucy Nichols (13, Northwave) 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke; Nathalie Hull (15, Northwave) 50m breast, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 200m IM; Nellie Clark (15, Northwave) 50m breast, 50m fly; Jazmine Murray (14, Northwave) 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke; Abby Wright (15, Bream Bay) 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke; Kori Brown (15, Bay of Islands) 50m breaststroke; Rebecca Reade (16, Bream Bay) 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 200m IM; Emilia Finer (14, Bay of Islands) 400m freestyle; Luca Matenga (15, Bream Bay) 100m breaststroke; Quin Walden ((14, Northwave) 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle.

The whole team:

Bay of Islands:

Kori Brown (15): 50m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke

Emilia Finer (14): 200m fly, 800m free, 50m fly, 1500m free, 100m fly, 400m IM, 400m free, 200m IM

Archie White (17): 200m breast, 100m breast

 

Bream Bay:

Kiera Carroll (14): 50m breast, 100m back, 100m breast, 50m back

Samantha Dutton (15): 50m breast, 100m breast

Luca Matenga (15): 50m breast, 100m breast, 100m fly

Rebecca Reade (16): 100m free, 100m back, 100m fly, 200m back, 200m IM, 50m back

Abby Wright (15): 50m breast, 100m breast, 200m breast

 

Northwave:

Nellie Clark (15): 50m breast, 200m breast, 50m fly, 100m breast

Nathalie Hull (15): 50m breast, 200m breast, 100m breast, 200m IM

Tyler Jepsen (14): 400m free, 100m back, 200m free, 200m back, 50m back

Jazmine Murray (14): 50m breast, 100m back, 100m breast, 50m back

Lucy Nichols (13): 50m breast, 100m breast, 200m breast

Evana Piskulic (14): 200m back

Ciara Smith (18): 50m breast, 100m breast, 200m breast, 200m IM, 400m IM

Quin Walden (14): 100m back, 200m free, 200m back, 50m back, 100m free

Madeline Whittam (15): 50m breast, 100m breast, 200m breast, 50m back