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Junior Pan Pacific Championships

Erika Fairweather (Neptune) gives yourself a well deserved clap on a successful international debut comprising of two New Zealand Age Group Records, Otago Age Group Records and new personal best times, well done Erika! 

Congratulations to Lars Humer (Swim Dunedin) and whole coach and management team, thanks HP Swimming New Zealand for all the posts and the fanastic photos.

200m Freestyle, entry time 2:02.13, prelim time 2:02.11 (NZR and Otago record), finals time 2:03.32

In the morning heats Erika Fairweather (Neptune) broke her own 14 years national age-group record in the 200m freestyle. Fairweather’s time of 2:02.11s qualified her in 6th position for the A-final. In the evening final, Fairweather held pace with the top qualifiers through the first 100m before the American, Australian and Japanese duos started to pull clear. Fairweather finished 7th in 2:02.32s. The final was won by Claire Tuggle (USA) in 1:58.58s followed by Lani Pallister (AUS) in 1:59.00s and Nagisa Ikimoto (JPN) 1:59.02s.

100m Freestyle, entry time 57.19, prelim time 57.55

400 Freestyle, entry time 4:16.89, prelim time 4:19.49, final time 4:13.55 (NZR and Otago record)

Erika Fairweather broke her own 14-years national age-group record on the penultimate final night of the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Suva, Fiji. Fairweather, 14, from Dunedin’s Neptune Swimming Club, finished fourth in 4:13.55s, a vast improvement on her morning swim of 4:19.49s. “This morning I miscounted my laps and thought I was finished at 300m, it made me really upset, but with the help of my coach Lars, I fixed that tonight and I’m really happy with a new personal best time,” say’s Fairweather. The gold medal was convincingly won by Australian Lani Pallister in 4:07.76s. Americans, Claire Tuggle won silver (4:10.31s) and Mariah Denigan (4:12.59s) bronze. Eve Thomas (Coast) finished 8th in 4.21.61s.

200m Individual Medley, entry time 2:21.89, prelim time 2:24.26, final time 2:22.19


Full articles can be found here. Collection of images can be found here