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2017 NZ Short Course Champs
Starting Tue 03 Oct, 2017
Ending Sat 07 Oct, 2017
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2017 NEW ZEALAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY 5

Kyla Alexander upset club mate Gabrielle Fa’amausili in the women’s 50m backstroke final to win her first open short course title and breaking a national age group record in the process.

The sixteen-year-old from United Swimming Club was seeded second behind Fa’amausili heading into the final. Alexander shot out of the blocks to lead at the turn and held on to win in 27.71, breaking Fa’amausili’s national 16-years record.

“It feels amazing to break her NAG (national age group) record. It’s the icing on the cake to go with winning my first open title.”

Training together under United coach Igor Polianski has brought the two athletes closer.

“Gabby is not only my biggest competition, but she is also a really close friend. I have looked up to her for a long time and it feels good to know that I can compete with her.”

Fa’amausili responded by saying, “I’m really proud of her, we always make training a blast for each other, cracking jokes and giving each other stick. She got the last laugh in this one.

In finishing second, Fa’amausili did break her own national girls 17-years 50m backstroke record with a time of 27.73 seconds.

“Overall I’ve absolutely loved racing with my United team this week and seeing everyone's training really pay off.”

Earlier in the final evening session, Fa’amausili added the open 100m freestyle title with a national girls 17-years record to cap off a successful week. Fa’amausili also admits that there is work to be done before Commonwealth games trials in December.

“I’m happy the week, but I’m not satisfied with my performances. There's a lot that needs working on especially heading into trials, says Fa’amausili.

Michael Mincham (United), 21, rounded out the individual events with a win in the men’s 1500m freestyle final. Mincham finished in 14:50.61, over 20 seconds ahead of 17-year-old Zac Reid (Aquabladz). Earlier in the week Reid beat Bradlee Ashby and Mincham in the 400m freestyle open final.

“It feels good to get the open title especially since Zac Reid performed well earlier in the week picking up great times with his 400m and 200m free, so I was really happy to get this win and overall happy with my performances this week,” says Mincham.

Day 5 Records:

Kyla Alexander (United)
Record: Female 16-years age group
Event: 50m backstroke
Time: 27.71

Gabrielle Fa’amausili (United)
Record: Female 17 years age group
Event: 50m Backstroke
Time: 27.73

Gabrielle Fa’amausili (United)
Record: Female 17 years age group
Event: 100m freestyle
Time: 54.96

Michael Pickett (Enterprise)
Record: Male 15 years age group
Event: 100m freestyle
Time: 50.71
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DAY 4

Sophie Pascoe and Mary Fisher closed out their national short course championships with a world record each, as youngsters show glimpses of a bright future for swimming in New Zealand.

Sophie Pascoe (QEII) has had an outstanding national short course campaign which included breaking a staggering six world Para swimming short course records. Pascoe ended her campaign by reclaiming the S10 100m butterfly world record with a time of 1:03.13, beating the old record held by Australian Paige Leonhardt by almost four seconds.

“It’s been a pleasure to be back home to race and be a part of a great week,” says Pascoe.

Wellingtonian Mary Fisher (Capital) also got a world record of her own. Fisher set a new S11 100m butterfly world Para short course record with a time of 1:16.77, taking almost four seconds off her personal best.

13-year-old Erika Fairweather (Neptune) from Dunedin has also put on a record-breaking display this week. Tonight Fairweather broke the national girls 13-years 800m freestyle record with a time of 8:58.05.

Fairweather admitted after the race that she was gunning for the record.

“It feels great, I’m really excited. The body is a bit sore now, but it should be good for the 100 free tomorrow.”

This week Fairweather has also broken the national girls 13-years 400m individual medley (4:55.18), 400m freestyle (4:22.52) and 200m freestyle (2:03.57) records.

Brearna Crawford (MAGS), 14, is another youngster who has been in scintillating form this week. In the morning session Crawford set a national girls 14-years 100m butterfly record with a time of 1:00.88.

This adds to the 200m individual medley and 50m butterfly records she’s broken earlier this week.

After suffering from a bout of illness over the last couple of days, Daniel Hunter teamed up with his Howick Pakuranga club mates to dominate the men’s 4x50m freestyle over North Shore A and Heretaunga Sundevils. The crowds wait to see if Hunter is well enough to compete tomorrow in the 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke.

DAY 5 ‘MATCH UP’S TO LOOK OUT FOR’:

Men’s 100m Freestyle – Bradlee Ashby, Daniel Hunter (TBC), Julian Weir and Dan Caldwell.
Women’s 100m Freestyle – Carina Doyle, Ebony Maikuku and Paige Flynn.
Men’s 50m Backstroke – Julian Weir, Corneille Coetzee and Daniel Hunter (TBC).
Women’s 50m Backstroke – Gabrielle Fa’amausili, Bobbi Gichard and Cassie Wright.

The 2017 NZ Short Course Championships are held at the Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre, Auckland, from Tuesday 3rd October till Saturday 7th October. Morning sessions start at 9am with evening finals sessions starting at 6pm.

LINK TO RESULTS: https://swimming.org.nz/event.php?id=2279
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VISION: The meet is live-streamed on http://jxsport.tv/swimmingnz/ 

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For further information contact:

Johnson Raela
Swimming NZ Communications & Digital
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E: johnson@swimming.org.nz

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2017 NEW ZEALAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY 3

Sophie Pascoe has broken two more world Para swimming short course records, whilst 16 year old Ciara Smith upstaged the field on day three of the national short course swimming championships.

Pascoe (QEII) set two world Para swimming records in the women’s SM10 100m individual medley (1:05.01), and women’s S10 50m freestyle in 27.22.

Even after fifteen years with her coach Roly Crichton, the pair are still looking at ways to improve her strokes.

“We really have been working on my freestyle for the past few months. We’ve been looking at the stroke rate, shortening the stroke rate, to be able to get that drive from the front and obviously the work has been paying off.”

Whangarei swimmer Ciara Smith (Northwave) earned a rapturous applause from the crowd after winning the female 200m breaststroke A final, and setting a new open women’s and 16 years age group record with a time of 2.25.82. Smith finished ahead of Rio Olympian Helena Gasson (Coast) and Cassandra Van Breugel (Coast and Valley).

“Breaking the record was definitely one of my goals, but I tried really hard for it not to distract me going into the race. When I touched the wall and turned around and saw the time, I was really happy and surprised. I then looked around for Mum and she had a huge smile on her face”, says Smith.

The race marked the end of a successful championships for the young Northland swimmer, and she’s now looking forward to taking a break.

“I’m going to take five days off to enjoy the school holidays and then it’s back into training for Auckland age group champs”, says Smith.

Daniel Hunter (HPK) has been on antibiotics over the last couple days with illness. Hunter managed to gather enough strength to win the men’s 50m freestyle A final in 22.16, ahead of Julian Weir (Aquabladz) and Dan Caldwell (St Peter’s).

Having to scratch from events these championships has irritated Hunter. “Being under the weather and not being able to perform at my best is really annoying, with the timing and all, it’s frustrating more than anything.”

Gabrielle Fa’amausili won the women’s A final event in a new 17 years age group record of 24.95. Fa’amausili also set a new age group record (1:02.04) in the 100m individual medley.

New Plymouth Swimmer Zac Reid (Aquabladz), 17, upstaged Bradlee Ashby in the men’s 400m freestyle A final, winning by 0.10 seconds and setting a new 17 years age group record time of 3.46.11.

Day 3 Short Course Records

Sophie Pascoe
Record: World Para swimming SM10
Event: 100m individual medley
Time: 1:05.01

Sophie Pascoe
Record: World Para swimming S10
Event: 50m freestyle
Time: 27.22

Ciara Smith (Northwave)
Record: Open NZ women’s and 16 years age group
Event: 200m breaststroke
Time: 2.25.22

Helena Gasson (Coast)
Record: Open NZ women’s.
Event: 100m individual medley
Time: 1:00.45

Gabrielle Fa’amausili (United)
Record: Female 17 years age group
Event: 100m individual medley
Time: 1:02.04

Gabrielle Fa’amausili (United)
Record: Female 17 years age group
Event: 50m freestyle
Time: 24.95

Michael Pickett (Enterprise)
Record: Male 15 years age group
Event: 50m freestyle
Time: 23.15

Zac Reid (Aquabladz)
Record: Male 17 years age group
Event: 400m freestyle
Time: 3.46.11

DAY 3 ‘MATCH UP’S TO LOOK OUT FOR’:

Men’s 200m Backstroke – Andrew Trembath, Matthew Pender and Bradlee Ashby.
Women’s 200m Backstroke – Kelsi Boocock, Karolina Hajkova and Bobbi Gichard.

The 2017 NZ Short Course Championships are held at the Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre, Auckland, from Tuesday 3rd October till Saturday 7th October. Morning sessions start at 9am with evening finals sessions starting at 6pm.

LINK TO RESULTS: https://swimming.org.nz/event.php?id=2279

Images Credit: BW Media Photography

VISION: The meet is live-streamed on http://jxsport.tv/swimmingnz/ 

Additional reporting by Dave Crampton.

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2017 NEW ZEALAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY 2

Bradlee Ashby and Sophie Pascoe again stared on day two of the national short course championships, with Ashby setting a new open men’s record and Pascoe continuing her world record form.

In the first final of the evening session Ashby (Fairfield) burst out of the blocks and never relinquished his lead. Touching home in 1:55.30, setting a new open men’s 200m individual medley short course record. A record previously held by Dean Kent.

Ashby also took home a second gold medal, holding of a strong challenge from the Coetzee brothers, Corneille and Wilrich (North Shore), in the 100m backstroke final with a time of 52.39.

Sophie Pascoe (QEII) again showed her class by breaking her own SM10 200m individual medley world record in the morning heats before breaking it again in the final in 2:21.45. This follows the two world records she broke yesterday.

“I loved racing my favourite event (the 200 IM) and breaking my previous world record… Racing is feeling oh so good this week”, Pascoe said on social media.

Pascoe also set a new personal best time (34.97) in the SB9 50m breaststroke dipping under the 35 second mark for the first time.

Gabrielle Fa’amausili (United) showed she’s in great form as she builds towards qualifying for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Fa’amausili set a new national 17 years age group record in the 100m backstroke final with a time of 59.66.

Fa’amusili didn’t have it all her own way in the race as Bobbi Gichard (HPK) and Kyla Alexander (United) pushed her right through to the end.

Fa’amausili says, “three laps into the race I didn’t think I was going to win because I saw Bobbi and Kyla so close next to me but thankfully I just pulled away at the end”.

It's not just senior swimmers excelling and breaking records but younger teens are also turning in top performances.

Brearna Crawford (MAGS) set a new girls 14 years age group record in the 200m Individual medley, beating the previous record by over a second with 2:16.15. Crawford was also 8th in the 100m breaststroke A final and 6th in the 50 butterfly A final.

Other age group records to fall today include, Tarquin Magner (Otumoetai) in the boys 13 years 100m backstroke. Magner’s time of 59.37 broke the record previously held by Corey Main.

Cantabrian Kaylee Jackson from the Jasi Swimming Club broke Annabelle Carey’s 16 years age group 50m breaststroke record set in 2005, in a new time of 31.58.

Dunedin Swimmer Erika Fairweather (Neptune Swim Club) set two 13 years age group records in the 200m freestyle (2:03.57) and 400m freestyle (4:22.52).

DAY 3 ‘MATCH UP’S TO LOOK OUT FOR’:

Men’s 100m Individual Medley – Wilrich Coetzee, Bradlee Ashby and Julian Weir.

Women’s 50m Freestyle – Gabrielle Fa’amausili and Carina Doyle.

Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Bronagh Ryan, Cassandra Van Breugel and Helena Gasson.

The 2017 NZ Short Course Championships are held at the Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre, Auckland, from Tuesday 3rd October till Saturday 7th October. Morning sessions start at 9am with evening finals sessions starting at 6pm. 

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2017 NEW ZEALAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY 1

Champion Paralympic swimmer Sophie Pascoe has set the national short course championships alight by smashing two Para swimming world short course records on the opening day of competition.

Day one action was highlighted by Pascoe (QEII Swim Club) breaking the women’s 200m S10 short course world record by almost four seconds in a new personal best time of 2:06.58.

“The 200 free was not just a great race because of the PB and world record but also how I executed the race plan. Being a sprinter, I do tend to go out a little fast but I really backed up my last 100”, says Pascoe.

Pascoe then followed it up by breaking her own 50m butterfly S10 world short course record, which she’d set earlier on the day, in a time of 28.42.

The challenge of short course meets is one Pascoe is embracing, “Short course obviously isn’t in my favour with missing my leg and turning a lot, so it’s been a great challenge to make sure all the turns have to be fast and sharp to get PBs”.

The New Zealand women’s 100m short course breaststroke record was broken twice today. In the morning heats Rio Olympian Helena Gasson (Coast Swim Club) set a new record in the morning heats only be pipped in the final by .03 of a second by Porirua swimmer Bronagh Ryan in 1:07.35.


Nevill Sutton who coaches Ryan was elated after the final. “It’s great to see Bronagh and Helena, who are a little older, in a close final like that pushing each other right to the finish, it’s great for the sport”.

Gasson later returned to win gold in the 50m butterfly final in 27.07 ahead of Rebekah Bradley (27.36) and Gabrielle Fa’amausili (27.41) from United Swimming Club.

The highly anticipated finals showdown in the men’s 400m individual medley between Bradlee Ashby (Fairfield) and Lewis Clareburt (Capital) never eventuated. Clareburt was disqualified in his heat.

Ashby won gold in a time of 4:10.12 with North Shore club swimmers Andrew Trembath (4:18.87) winning silver and Callum Prime (4:20.68) bronze.

DAY 2 ‘MATCH UP’S TO LOOK OUT FOR’:

Women’s 100m Backstroke - Gabrielle Fa’amausili and Bobby Gichard.

Men’s 200m IM - Bradlee Ashby, Wilrich Coetzee and Lewis Clareburt are top three seeds.

The 2017 NZ Short Course Championships are held at the Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre, Auckland, from Tuesday 3rd October till Saturday 7th October. Morning sessions start at 9am with evening finals sessions starting at 6pm.

 

2017 NEW ZEALAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1 PREVIEW

The largest ever National Short Course championships kicks off tomorrow, as close to 800 national and international swimmers compete across 5 days of competition on Auckland’s North Shore.

In day one action Rio Olympian Bradlee Ashby (Fairfield), 21, and Lewis Clareburt (Capital), 18, will go head to head in the 400m individual medley. Ashby’s top seed time is only 0.10sec ahead of Clareburt.

"The show down between Lewis and I is one I’m definitely looking forward to, it will come down to whoever executes their race plan the best, I just cannot wait to get out there and compete”, says Ashby.

Sophie Pascoe brings some serious star power to the event. The champion Paralympic swimmer was a late inclusion into the meet due to the postponement of the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City, as a result of the recent devastating earthquakes.

“My thoughts are still with the people of Mexico during this time... I'm really looking forward to racing at home after a months hard preparation over in Colorado Springs”, Pascoe said in a social media post last week.

Para swimmers such as Jesse Reynolds, Chris Arbuthnott and Celyn Edwards will be looking to continue to improve their times in the pool and create some stand out performances as they aim for Commonwealth Games nomination and ultimately selection in the coming months.

A total of 20 Para swimmers will compete this week.

Fresh from competing at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, Carina Doyle (North Shore), 23, heads the women’s 200m freestyle field by almost two seconds from Northwave’s Hayley McIntosh.

“It is a quick turnaround from Taipei but I’m really excited to go out there to have some fun and see how the winter training work I’ve done will play out”, says Doyle.

Daniel Hunter (HPK), 23, is the top seed in the men’s field ahead of Clareburt and Ashby.

The 50m butterfly is shaping up to be a fizzer with Hunter top seed again followed by former Olympians William Benson (Heretaunga Sundevils), 29, just 0.2 ahead of Orinoco Fa’amausili-Banse Prince (Roskill), 27.

A trio of young guns to watch out for in this event include Courtland Ellis (Neptune), 18, Ollie Rayner (North Canterbury), 17 and Finn Kennard-Campbell (North Shore), 17.

Helena Gasson (Coast), 22, leads all swimmers in the women’s event which also features Slovakian Karolina Hajkova.

The event continues to grow each year with over 150 more swimmers entered from 2016 including international competitors from Australia, Germany, Slovakia, Fiji, Cook Islands and Brazil.

Swimming New Zealand CEO Steve Johns is excited for the week of competition.

“We’re really excited to welcome our hometown and international swimmers to this week’s championships.  There will certainly be some great talent on show and I’m sure we’ll see some very fast times being swum”.

The 2017 NZ Short Course Championships are held at the Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre, Auckland, from Tuesday 3rd October till Saturday 7th October. Morning sessions start at 9am with evening finals sessions starting at 6pm.

Image Credit: BW Media Photography.

NOTE: Several of the athletes competing in the event are working towards representing New Zealand at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. This is an opportunity for media to get footage of these athletes competing ahead of the games. The Champs are likely the last time Sophie Pascoe will compete in New Zealand before Gold Coast 2018.

VISION: The meet is live-streamed on www.swimming.org.nz https://www.facebook.com/swimmingnewzealand/ and http://jxlive.tv/

COVERAGE: There will be a daily wrap with results and images after final sessions.

More Details, see event page: https://swimming.org.nz/event.php?friendly_id=2017nzshortcoursechampionships-event

For further information contact:

Johnson Raela

Swimming NZ Communications & Digital
Mob: +64 21 02717007


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