Meet

2017 SNZ NAGS News

Day 5 Highlights

Young swimming talent impress at NZ Age Group Championships

New Zealand’s young swimming talent is in a healthy state according to former Commonwealth Games and World Championship medallist, Gary Hurring.

Hurring, the out-going high performance athlete development coach for Swimming New Zealand, has been impressed with the performances at the New Zealand Age Championships that finished in Wellington tonight.

Nearly 700 swimmers from more than 100 clubs, including several who are targeting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, were in action at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre.

The championships finished with 16 national age records, but it has been the quality of those swims that has most impressed Hurring.

“It has been an outstanding week of results for our young swimmers coming up,” said Hurring.” There have been some really good swims from the likes of Mya Rasmussen, who almost reached world championship qualifying standard, while Lewis Clareburt has moved his swimming in a good direction. We also have some great kids at all levels and in all strokes coming through.

“The development of the sport is looking very good in New Zealand.”

Hurring believes some of the young talent on display this week could force their way into the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“There is a group that will be strong contenders to qualify for the Commonwealth Youth Games which is a direct pathway towards major international meets that lead to Tokyo 2020. And we have a core young group and quite a big one that are capable of not just qualifying for Tokyo but achieving podium finishes.”

The final night of the championships produced two records. Gabrielle Fa’amausili, from Auckland’s United club, won the 17 years 50m backstroke in 29.02 breaking the record of 29.47 set by Australian based Ella Cossil last year.

It was Fa’amausili’s fourth title and fourth record for the week with the others coming in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 100m backstroke.

The other record went to 14-year-old Gisborne swimmer Michael Pickett. He clocked 53.28s in the 100m freestyle to take 0.2s off Sam McKenzie’s record set in 2014. The Enterprise club swimmer also broke the 50m freestyle record earlier in the week.

The leading swimmer was Lewis Clareburt who finished the week with an impressive eight national titles after winning the 200m individual medley and 100m freestyle tonight.

Clareburt clocked 2:04.30 to take out the 200m individual medley before a strong finish in the 100m freestyle saw him come home first in 51.92. He finished the week with a total of nine medals, including one bronze, and two national age group records.

Erika Fairweather, from the Neptune club in Dunedin, claimed two national titles in the 13 years age group today to take her total gold medal count to seven. Tonight she clocked 4:28.57 to win the 400m freestyle before winning the 200m individual medley in 2:25.08.

The other standouts on the final night were Manawatu swimmer Paris Cutler and North Shore’s Yeonsu Lee.

Cutler, 14, concluded a successful meet with a win in the 400m freestyle to complete her freestyle title collection after winning all five freestyle events for her age group this week. Lee also picked up her fifth win for the week in the 400m freestyle for 17 to 18 years.

The championships doubled as a qualifying meet for the Youth Commonwealth Games with a number of top performers now eying the New Zealand Open Championships in Auckland in two weeks.

Day 4 Highlights

Manawatu teenager produces stunning effort at NZ Age Group Champs

Outstanding Manawatu teenager Mya Rasmussen produced a stunning record on the penultimate night of finals at the New Zealand Age Group Championships in Wellington.

Nearly 700 swimmers from more than 100 clubs, including several who are targeting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, are in action at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre.

Rasmussen, from the Kiwi West Aquatics club in Palmerston North, smashed her own national age record for 16 years in winning the 400m individual medley.

She clocked 4:44.89, the fastest than all age group national records, and nearly four seconds faster than her previous record set in Australia in December.

Her time was less than two seconds outside the qualifying mark of 4:43.06 for this year’s elite world championships.

“I was really not expecting it. I was crying at the end, I was just so happy,” Rasmussen said. “Because the Australian Age Groups are so soon we weren’t really focussing on it here so just to PB here was so cool and really unexpected.

“In Australia I’ll definitely be going for it again in the 400m IM as well as the 200m IM.

“I’ve been training hard and making sure I turn up to every training, doing all the little things and making sure I do everything right to keep moving forward.”

It was the only national age record set on the night but there were several other telling performances.

Wellington’s Lewis Clareburt (Capital) continued his winning ways with two further titles to take his tally to six victories this week. He won the 16-18 years 200m backstroke in 2:05.40 and the 100m butterfly in 55.48.

At the other end of the age spectrum was Dunedin’s Erika Fairweather from the Neptune club, who won the 12-13 years 400m individual medley in 5:06.31 and the 200m backstroke in 2:26.07 to make it five titles so far this week.

There was merit in the efforts of Wellington’s Pierce Collins (SwimZone Racing) who was third in the 12-13 years 100m butterfly, but as a 12-year-old he was only 0.3s off the national record in clocking 1:04.45.

The championships that are also a qualifying meet for the Youth Commonwealth Games finish on Saturday with heats from 9am and finals from 6pm and streamed live at www.swimming.org.nz

Day 3 Highlights

Clareburt wins bunch of titles at New Zealand Age Group Champs

Wellington teenager Lewis Clareburt was the star performer on the third night of finals at the New Zealand Age Group Championships in Wellington.

Nearly 700 swimmers from more than 100 clubs, including several who are targeting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, are in action at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre.

Clareburt, 17, won the 16 years and over 400m individual medley at the start of the night, and returned with a stunning effort to win the 200m freestyle at the end of the programme.

The Capital club swimmer clocked 4:21.69 to win the 400m individual medley, which broke the national age record set by Rio Olympian Bradlee Ashby four years ago.

He then clocked a superb 1:51.70 to win the 200m freestyle, which equalled the record set by the great Danyon Loader nearly a quarter of a century ago.

“It was pretty cool. I found it hard to pace myself in the 400m IM and I didn’t know how fast I was going so it was good to come out with the result,” Clareburt said.

“I had no idea how I was going to feel after the medley, I just knew I had to warm down well after it to go into the 200m freestyle.

“Since Junior Pan Pacs last year me and my coach have been working on my weaknesses. We’ve really been focusing on my underwater work, although it probably didn’t show in the 200m freestyle tonight.

“I’ve still got the 200m IM this week which I’m targeting but I’m just taking each race and competition as it comes.”

It was Clareburt’s fourth title in three days after winning the 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly.

There were two other national records set tonight, both in the girls’ 200m freestyle in the same race. It was won by 13-year-old Erika Fairweather from the Neptune club in Dunedin, who was timed at 2:06.89 which pipped Ruby Adsett’s mark by 22/100ths of a second.

The second place in the race went to Gisborne’s Tyler Finau from the Enterprise club, in 2:10.77 which broke Kelly Newcombe’s 2001 record for 12 year olds by more than 1.5 seconds.

It brought the total to 13 national age records in three days at the championships that are also a qualifying meet for the Youth Commonwealth Games. They run until Saturday with heats from 9am and finals from 6pm and streamed live at www.swimming.org.nz

Day 2 Highlights

Fa’amausili bags double records at New Zealand Age Group Championships

The outstanding Auckland teenager Gabrielle Fa’amausili staked her claim for higher honours with two records on the second night of finals at the New Zealand Age Championships in Wellington.

Nearly 700 swimmers from more than 100 clubs, including several who are targeting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, are in action at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre.

Fa’amausili, who broke a national age record in the 100m freestyle on the opening night, broke records in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke on the second night.

She was joined by Gisborne 14-year-old Michael Pickett who broke the record for the 50m freestyle in his age group twice today, in the morning heat and again in the final.

The other national records went to Auckland’s Brearna Crawford, from the Mount Albert Grammar club, in the 200m breaststroke and 12 year old Tarquin Magner from Gisborne in the 100m backstroke.

That adds to the four age group records from the opening night.

Fa’amausili, 17 from the United club, was impressive in winning the 16-18 years final in the 50m freestyle. She was only 2/100ths of a second outside the age group record in the morning heats when she clocked 26.19, but won the final in an outstanding 25.39s which was 0.8s inside Sophie Batchelor’s 2013 record. It was only 0.21s outside the qualifying mark for the world championships.

Fa’amausili, coached by former Olympic champion Igor Polianski, returned to win the 100m freestyle for the 16-18 years’ division in 1:02.67 which also beat another national mark previously held by Batchelor of 1:03.04.

“Tonight’s plan was to just go out there and swim as fast as I could and see how close I can get to a PB. I was happy to go 0.1s off my 50m Free PB and then just to win the 100m backstroke was awesome,” Fa’amausili said.

“To also have my teammates pushing me as well and do well themselves tonight was cool. This is my last New Zealand Age Group Championships so I’m just going to enjoy it this week and swim as fast as I can.”

Pickett, who holds the 12 years and under and 13 years national age records in the 50m freestyle, broke the 14 years mark by 1/100th of a second when he clocked 24.54 in the morning heats. The Enterprise club swimmer returned to win the final and lower the record further in 24.25s.

Crawford impressed in winning the 14 years 200m breaststroke in 2:34.84, which was well under the previous record of US-based New Zealand representative Natasha Lloyd of 2:35.58.

Tauranga’s Tarquin Magner set a new record for 12 year olds in the 100m backstroke. The Otumoetai club swimmer clocked 1:04.69 in finishing second in the 13 and under final, which was the first time a 12-year-old has gone under the 1:05 barrier.

The other impressive performance came from 14-year-old Auckland swimmer Jonathan Selman who won his 14 years final of the 100m backstroke in 59.51 which was only 0.2s outside the 1996 record of Ross Dunwoody.

The championships, also a qualifying meet for the Youth Commonwealth Games, run until Saturday with heats from 9am and finals from 6pm and streamed live atwww.swimming.org.nz

Day 1 Highlights

Record-setting start to New Zealand Age Group Championships

Three new records and one equalled sparked an excellent opening night of finals at the New Zealand Age Group Championships in Wellington.

Nearly 700 swimmers from more than 100 clubs, including several who are targeting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, are in action at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre.

World junior champion Gabrielle Fa’amausili (United, Auckland) led the way with a record in the 100m freestyle, clocking 56.21 to win the 16-18 years final. Her time was 0.34s under the 17 years record set by Lauren Boyle 12 years ago.

She was joined by fellow New Zealand representative Yeonsu Lee (North Shore) – the pair winning 11 titles between them at the championships last year. Lee, 17, won the 200m butterfly in a time of 2:14.39 which took a significant 1.31s off the previous mark set in 2010 by Wellington’s Samantha Lee.

“I have been battling with the 200m butterfly race for two years now so going into this race I had to trust myself, trust my trainings, relax and focus on the process which was the most important thing,” Lee said.

“In the end I got the results that I wanted today so I’m really happy.

“I didn’t have a very good meet at Junior Pan Pacs last year so I’ve just been getting back in the water and enjoying it. My main goals right now are working on my personal bests and chipping off my times.

Thirteen year old Wellington swimmer, Orlando Cristobal-Mandel set an age group record in winning the 12-13 years final in the boys’ 50m breaststroke. The Capital club swimmer was timed at 31.38s which was under the old mark by half a second.

Northland’s Ciara Smith (Northwave, Northland) equalled Annabelle Carey’s long-standing record in the 16 years 50m breaststroke, clocking 32.33s.

The other standout was Lewis Clareburt from the local Capital club. Clareburt, who won five gold medals last year, started strongly with two wins in the 16-18 years 400m freestyle in 3:56.59 and the 16-18 years 200m butterfly in 2:03.91 in a demanding opening night for the talented Wellington swimmer.

The championships, also a qualifying meet for the Youth Commonwealth Games, run until Saturday with heats from 9am and finals from 6pm and streamed live here.

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