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Fairweather, Heath, and Deans take on the World

Three Neptune Swim Club athletes, Caitlin Deans, Erika Fairweather, and Ruby Heath, are set to race against the best of the world this month, competing at the 19th FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest.

Erika Fairweather and Caitlin Deans will be competing at the World Swimming Championships, with racing kicking off on the 18th of June. The championships marks Caitlin's debut as an Aquablack, competing at a major international competition for the first time. But Caitlin is no stranger to competing internationally, having previously raced at the World Short Course Championships and Oceania Championships, as well as the Mare Nostrum Swim Tour just last month. We look forward to seeing Caitlin racing at this new pinnacle, and seeing all her hard work pay off. This year marks Erika's second time representing New Zealand at the World Championships, after competing at the 2019 edition at the ripe age of 15. It has been a whirlwind couple of years for the young Neptune athlete; being crowned World Junior Champion, breaking a New Zealand Open Record, making an Olympic final. We are excited to see what Erika can do at this year's championships, and see her excel as a more experienced, world class athlete in her own right.

Ruby Heath will be competed at the World Open Water Championships, with competition kicking off on the 26th of June. Ruby will be making her international debut as an Aquablack at these championships, flying the New Zealand flag solo as the lone Kiwi participating in Open Water. Ruby committed to pursuing Open Water just a couple of years ago, resulting in the double crown - taking out the top spot in both the 5km and 10km at this year's national Open Water Championships. We are so excited to watch Ruby do her thing against the best in the world, and work towards her goal of becoming the first Kiwi woman to represent New Zealand in Open Water at the Olympic Games.

Schedule of Events - 19th FINA World Aquatic Championships
Event Athlete/s Heat Semi-Final Final
400m Freestyle Erika Fairweather Saturday 18 June
at 7:00PM NZST
N/A Sunday 19 June
at 4:00AM NZST
1500m Freestyle Caitlin Deans Sunday 19 June
at 7:00PM NZST
N/A Tuesday 21 June
at 4:00AM NZST
200m Freestyle Erika Fairweather Monday 20 June
at 7:00PM NZST
Tuesday 21 June
at 4:00AM NZST
Wednesday 22 June
at 4:00AM NZST
Female 4x200m Freestyle

Erika Fairweather
Caitlin Deans
Wednesday 22 June
at 7:00PM NZST
N/A Thursday 23 June
at 4:00AM NZST
Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Erika Fairweather Friday 24 June
at 7:00PM NZST
N/A Saturday 25 June
at 4:00AM NSZT
5km Open Water Ruby Heath N/A N/A Monday 27 June
at 10:00PM NZST
10km Open Water Ruby Heath N/A N/A Wednesday 29 June
at 6:00PM NZST
25km Open Water Ruby Heath N/A N/A Thursday 30 June
at 7:00PM NZST