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20 Medals and Records Galore for Otago at NZ Swimming Champs

From 5-10 April, fifteen Otago athletes competed at the New Zealand Swimming Championships in Auckland, bringing home thirteen Open medals, seven Age Group medals, and breaking three NZ records and sixteen Otago records over the course of the week.


Swimming Otago would like to congratulate all those athletes who competed at the event. All round, it was a fantastic week of racing with a number of lifetime best swims from our athletes. Not only did our Otago swimmers bring home a healthy supply of medals, but they also broke a large number of Otago Open and Age Group records. Erika Fairweather also broke three National Age Group records in the 100m, 200m, and 400m Freestyle, slipping below the Olympic Qualifying Time once again in the latter event. Check out the video of Erika's 400m Freestyle below, also look out for Caitlin Deans and Ruby Heath in the race!



We would also like to acknowledge those Otago officials that volunteered at the event over the week. If you were watching from home, you may have seen Desiree Crooks, Alan Hale and Mary McFarlane on the pool deck - it is great to see our Otago officials participating at the highest national level, gaining more experience and networking with officials from across the country. Thank you for representing our region so proudly.


Similarly, we would like to thank Emma Young, the Otago contingent team manager. Emma looked after the team throughout the week, ensuring that our athletes were fuelled to race, could get from A to B and so on.

Records broken and Medals won by our Otago athletes can be found below...


Otago Records Broken at NZ Swimming Championships
Tom Gold Neptune 18 Years 50m Freestyle 23.81
Open 50m Freestyle 23.81
Erika Fairweather Neptune 17 Years 50m Freestyle 26.14
Open 50m Freestyle 26.14
Luan Grobbelaar Neptune Open 400m IM 4:18.90
Luan Grobbelaar Neptune Open 100m Breaststroke 1:03.09
Erika Fairweather Neptune 17 Years 200m Freestyle 1:57.58
Luan Grobbelaar Neptune Open 200m Breaststroke 2:15.77
Erika Fairweather Neptune 17 Years 400m Freestyle 4:06.54
Open 400m Freestyle 4:06.54
Luan Grobbelaar Neptune Open 200m IM 2:01.28
Erika Fairweather Neptune 17 Years 100m Freestyle 55.49
Open 100m Freestyle 55.49


Otago Relay Records Broken at NZ Swimming Championships

Neptune Swim Club

Zeke Pine

4x100m Medley Relay


Luan Grobbelaar
Curtis Mellsop
Tom Gold

Neptune Swim Club

Sophie Shallard

4x100m Medley Relay


Madison Wills
Esme Paterson
Jordan Rogers

Neptune Swim Club

Erika Fairweather

4x200m Freestyle Relay


Caitlin Deans
Ruby Heath
Sophie Shallard


Top 3 Placings from Otago Athletes at NZ Swimming Championships
Womens 1500m Freestyle Caitlin Deans Open 16:37.01 2nd
Mens 50m Freestyle Tom Gold 17-18 Years 23.81 2nd
Womens 50m Freestyle Erika Fairweather 17-18 Years 26.14 1st
Mens 400m IM Luan Grobbelaar Open 4:18.90 2nd
Mens 100m Breaststroke Luan Grobbelaar Open 1:03.07 3rd
Womens 200m Freestyle Erika Fairweather 17-18 Years 1:57.58 1st
Open 1:57.58 1st
Mens 200m Breaststroke Luan Grobbelaar Open 2:15.77 1st
Womens 400m Freestyle Erika Fairweather 17-18 Years 4:06.54 1st
Open 4:06.54 1st
Caitlin Deans Open 4:15.95 2nd
Mens 200m Butterfly Curtis Mellsop 17-18 Years 2:09.07 2nd
Mens 1500m Freestyle Jacob Blomfield Open 16:20.14 3rd
Womens 800m Freestyle Caitlin Deans Open 8:46.60 1st
Ruby Heath Open 9:03.88 3rd
Sophie Shallard 17-18 Years 9:25.14 3rd
Mens 200m IM Luan Grobbelaar Open 2:01.28 2nd
Womens 100m Freestyle Erika Fairweather 17-18 Years 55.49 1st
Open 55.49 1st

Womens 4x200m Freestyle

Erika Fairweather

Caitlin Deans

Ruby Heath

Sophie Shallard

Open 8:19.25 1st