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31 Medals, 16 Otago Records & 2 NZ Records at NZSC

After an anti-climactic (and incredibly short lived) edition of the New Zealand Short Course Championships last year, the 2022 edition held from 23-27 August in Auckland provided our Otago athletes the opportunity to test out their short course racing on the national stage. And they did not disappoint! 

A jam-packed five days of racing had us on the edge of our seat with busy schedules each and every day.

It was our age group stars who shined each and every morning. Day in and day out, they delivered marvellous performances and personal best times! The four athlete strong team of Alexandra Swimming Club delivered a number of break out performances over the championships, firmly staking their spot as a force to be reckoned with on the national stage by placing 22nd on the Age Group Club Points Table - the highest ranked Otago club and the fourth highest ranked club from the South Island - a particularly impressive feat with only four athletes in attendance!

Seven age group athletes won medals at these championships, taking home a total of 12 Age Group medals between them - another amazing accomplishment. Congratulations to Heidi, Caleb, Liam, Maddie, Eva, Georgia, and Erika on your age group medals! We are so proud of each and every one of you, and all the hard work you have put in to get to this point.

On top of this, six Otago Age Group records were broken across the week. Neptune athletes Eva and Georgia both set new records in the 50m Butterfly, in the 17 Years and 14 Years age groups respectively. Two Kiwi athletes were on fire in the Backstroke events, with Alfie and Neo breaking records in the 14 years 200m Backstroke and 13 Years 50m Backstroke, respectively. Then, in the evening of the final day of competition, Erika set two records during her 800m Freestyle - one at the halfway point and another at the end. It was a new NZ 18 Years Age Group record for Erika at the 400m mark, dipping below the national record for that distance, and another at the end of the race by setting a new NZ 18 Years Age Group record in the 800m Freestyle and gaining a FINA 'A' Qualifying Standard, and securing a spot on the NZ team headed to the 2022 FINA World Short Course Championships in Australia later this year.

But it wasn't just our age group stars that shone - our senior athletes rose to the occasion as well. Our senior athletes managed to come home with an impressive haul of 19 medals. Congratulations to our individual open medallists: Caitlin, Luan, Ruby, Esme, and Erika. And congratulations to those athletes that competed in the relay teams that won open medals: Caitlin, Ruby, Eva, Paris, Mereana, Curtis, Luan, and Erika.

For many of our top athletes, it wasn't just medals that they were after. They were also chasing qualifying standards to be selected for the New Zealand team headed to the 2022 FINA World Short Course Championships. Congratulations to Caitlin and Erika for gaining FINA 'A' times, booking their spot on the team to represent New Zealand at these upcoming international championships. Three other Otago athletes gained FINA 'B' times - putting them in contention for selection, subject to the decision making of the selectors - a big congratulations to Luan, Ruby, and Esme.

Caitlin kick started the championships by gaining a FINA 'A' Qualifying Standard in the 1500m Freestyle, and demolishing the Otago Open Record in this event along the way, landing herself a spot on the NZ team headed to the 2022 FINA World Short Course Championships in Australia later this year. She then proceeded to pick up a handful of FINA 'B' times as well throughout the week.

Luan had a huge weekend of racing, taking golds in the 200m and 400m Individual Medal - both in FINA 'B' standard times, he also picked up a FINA 'B' time in the 200m Breaststroke. As the fastest in the field, this puts Luan in a great position for selection, which will be announced within the next week.

Ruby made huge strides throughout this week of racing, posting personal best times in every event she contested and picking up a handful of silvers and a bronze. Ruby posted FINA 'B' times in the 200m, 400m, and 800m Freestyle - potentially putting her in contention for relay selection.

Esme had a break out swim in the 200m Butterfly, posting a huge personal best time to take her first national title, and dip under the FINA 'B' Qualifying Standard. A shocked Esme post-race expressed that she didn't even have the standard within her sights coming into the competition, and she hadn't got her head around what she had just achieved. Our fingers are crossed for Esme to gain selection in this event.

A summary of the entire week of racing, including medallists, records, and top ten placings is detailed below.

Individual Medallists at 2022 New Zealand Short Course Championships
Caitlin Deans - Neptune
🥇 Female Open 200m Freestyle
🥇 Female Open 400m Freestyle
🥇 Female Open 1500m Freestyle
🥈 Female Open 800m Freestyle
Luan Grobbelaar - Neptune
🥇 Male Open 200m Individual Medley
🥇 Male Open 400m Individual Medley
🥈 Male Open 200m Breaststroke
🥈 Male Open 200m Butterfly    
Erika Fairweather - Neptune
🥇 Female Open 800m Freestyle
🥇 Female 17-18 Years 800m Freestyle
Esme Paterson - Neptune
🥇 Female Open 200m Butterfly
🥈 Female Open 100m Butterfly
Ruby Heath - Neptune
🥈 Female Open 200m Freestyle
🥈 Female Open 400m Freestyle
🥈 Female Open 1500m Freestyle
🥉 Female Open 800m Freestyle
Heidi Winter - Alexandra
🥈 Female 13 Years 100m Individual Medley
🥈 Female 13 Years 50m Backstroke


Caleb Ludlow - Alexandra
🥈 Male 15 Years 50m Breaststroke

🥉 Male 15 Years 100m Breaststroke
🥉 Male 15 Years 100m Individual Medley
🥉 Male 15 Years 200m Individual Medley

Liam Rees - Alexandra
🥈 Male 15 Years 200m Backstroke
🥉 Male 15 Years 400m Individual Medley
   
   
Eva Borkowski - Neptune
🥉 Female 17-18 Years 50m Freestyle
Georgia Dunn - Neptune
🥉 Female 14 Years 50m Butterfly
Maddie Young - Wanaka
🥉 Female 13 Years 200m Backstroke  

Relay Medallists at 2022 New Zealand Short Course Championships
Neptune Swim Club 'A' - Ruby Heath, Paris Cutler, Eva Borkowski, Caitlin Deans
🥇 Female 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Neptune Swim Club 'A' - Ruby Heath, Mereana Martin, Eva Borkowski, Caitlin Deans
🥈 Female 4x50m Freestyle Relay
Neptune Swim Club 'A' - Curtis Mellsop, Luan Grobbelaar, Esme Paterson, Erika Fairweather
🥉 Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay
Neptune Swim Club 'A' - Erika Fairweather, Caitlin Deans, Luan Grobbelaar, Curtis Mellsop
🥈 Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Individual Otago Records (SCM) broken at 2022 New Zealand Short Course Championships

Luan Grobbelaar

Male Open 50m Breaststroke

Male Open 200m Breaststroke

Male Open 200m Individual Medley

Male Open 400m Individual Medley

28.16

2:08.66

1:57.77

4:10.47

Caitlin Deans Female Open 1500m Freestyle 16:05.52
Esme Paterson

Female Open 50m Butterfly

Female Open 100m Butterfly

27.66

1:00.56

Erika Fairweather

Female Open 800m Freestyle

Female 18 Years 800m Freestyle (NZ Age Group Record)

Female 18 Years 400m Freestyle (NZ Age Group Record)

8:18.63

8:18.63

4:06.29

Eva Borkowski Female 17 Years 50m Butterfly  28.37
Georgia Dunn Female 14 Years 50m Butterfly 28.91
Alfie WeatherstonHarvey Male 14 Years 200m Backstroke 2:10.68
Neo Salomonsson Male 13 Years 50m Backstroke 29.99

Otago Relay Records (SCM) broken at 2022 New Zealand Short Course Championships
Neptune Swim Club Ruby Heath, Mereana Martin,
Eva Borkowski, Caitlin Deans
Female 4x50m Freestyle Relay 1:46.28
Neptune Swim Club Ruby Heath, Paris Cutler,
Eva Borkowski, Caitlin Deans
Female 4x100m Freestyle Relay 3:49.80

FINA Qualifying Marks Achieved at 2022 New Zealand Short Course Championships
Caitlin Deans

1500m Freestyle

800m Freestyle

400m Freestyle

200m Freestyle

FINA 'A' World SC Championships Qualifying Standard

FINA 'B' World SC Championships Qualifying Standard

FINA 'B' World SC Championships Qualifying Standard

FINA 'B' World SC Championships Qualifying Standard

Erika Fairweather

800m Freestyle

FINA 'A' World SC Championships Qualifying Standard

Luan Grobbelaar

400m Individual Medley

200m Individual Medley

200m Breaststroke

FINA 'B' World SC Championships Qualifying Standard

FINA 'B' World SC Championships Qualifying Standard

FINA 'B' World SC Championships Qualifying Standard

Ruby Heath

800m Freestyle

400m Freestyle

200m Freestyle

FINA 'B' World SC Championships Qualifying Standard

FINA 'B' World SC Championships Qualifying Standard

FINA 'B' World SC Championships Qualifying Standard

Esme Paterson

200m Butterfly

FINA 'B' World SC Championships Qualifying Standard

Top 10 Open Placings at 2022 New Zealand Short Course Championships
Event Athlete Time Placing
Female 100m Backstroke Nicole Lockie 1:03.00 8th
Male 100m Individual Medley Luan Grobbelaar 54.84 4th
Female 100m Individual Medley Esme Paterson 1:05.24 6th
Male 200m Breaststroke Luan Grobbelaar 2:08.66 2nd
Male 800m Freestyle Ben Silipo 8:30.94 9th
Female 1500m Freestyle Caitlin Deans 16:05.52 1st
Ruby Heath 17:03.73 2nd
Female 4x100m Freestyle Relay Neptune Swim Club 'A'
1) Ruby Heath
2) Paris Cutler
3) Eva Borkowski
4) Caitlin Deans
3:49.80 1st
Neptune Swim Club 'B'
1) Jordan Rogers
2) Nicole Lockie
3) Georgia Dunn
4) Esme Paterson
3:59.75 10th
Female 50m Butterfly Esme Paterson 27.69 5th
Male 400m Individual Medley Luan Grobbelaar 4:10.47 1st
Curtis Mellsop 4:30.74 6th
Ben Silipo 4:33.26 8th
Female 200m Freestyle Caitlin Deans 1:59.10 1st
Ruby Heath 1:59.58 2nd
Paris Cutler 2:05.72 7th
Female 4x100m Medley Relay Neptune Swim Club 'A'
1) Nicole Lockie
2) Emma Maultsaid
3) Caitlin Deans
4) Ruby Heath
4:20.96 5th
Neptune Swim Club 'B'
1) Mereana Martin
2) Emma Morton
3) Poppy Henderson
4) Eva Borkowski
4:26.59 7th
Female 100m Backstroke Nicole Lockie 2:15.33 4th
Female 100m Butterfly Esme Paterson 1:00.56 2nd
Male 50m Breaststroke Luan Grobbelaar 28.16 5th
Male 400m Freestyle Curtis Mellsop 4:02.60 6th
Female 400m Freestyle Caitlin Deans 4:09.06 1st
Ruby Heath 4:13.49 2nd
Female 4x50m Freestyle Relay Neptune Swim Club 'A'
1) Ruby Heath
2) Mereana Martin
3) Eva Borkowski
4) Caitlin Deans
1:46.28 2nd
Male 200m Butterfly Luan Grobbelaar 1:58.33 2nd
Curtis Mellsop 2:03.86 10th
Female 200m Butterfly Esme Paterson 2:12.99 1st
Caitlin Deans 2:17.01 4th
Nicole Lockie 2:20.68 9th
Male 200m Individual Medley Luan Grobbelaar 1:57.77 1st
Female 200m Individual Medley Paris Cutler 2:23.61 8th
Male 1500m Freestyle Ben Silipo 16:18.21 5th
Female 800m Freestyle Erika Fairweather 8:18.63 1st
Caitlin Deans 8:30.75 2nd
Ruby Heath 8:41.05 3rd
Mixed 4x100 Freestyle Relay Neptune Swim Club 'A'
1) Erika Fairweather
2) Caitlin Deans
3) Luan Grobbelaar
4) Curtis Mellsop
3:36.78 3rd
Mixed 4x100 Medley Relay Neptune Swim Club 'A'
1) Curtis Mellsop
2) Luan Grobbelaar
3) Esme Paterson
4) Erika Fairweather
3:54.02 2nd

Top 10 Age Group Placings at 2022 New Zealand Short Course Championships
Event Age Group Athlete Time Placing
100m Backstroke Male 13 Years Neo Salomonsson 1:06.62 8th
Male 14 Years Alfie WeatherstonHarvey 1:02.32 8th
Male 15 Years Liam Rees 59.29 4th
Female 15 Years Sophie Winter 1:08.17 10th
Female 16 Years Kate Bennie 1:06.71 9th
100m Individual Medley Male 15 Years Caleb Ludlow 1:01.14 3rd
Liam Rees 1:02.73 6th
Female 13 Years Heidi Winter 1:10.02 2nd
Female 15 Years Sophie Winter 1:08.60 7th
200m Breaststroke Male 14 Years Aleksandr Kivilev 2:39.89 10th
Male 15 Years Caleb Ludlow 2:28.38 4th
Female 15 Years Sophie Winter 2:45.60 4th
Female 16 Years Emma Morton 2:48.52 9th
800m Freestyle Male 14 Years Alfie WeatherstonHarvey 8:55.61 5th
Coast Morland 9:11.89 10th
Male 17-18 Years Ben Silipo 8:30.94 4th
Female 17-18 Years Erika Fairweather 8:18.63 1st
50m Butterfly Male 13 Years Neo Salomonsson 28.96 4th
Female 14 Years Georgia Dunn 28.91 3rd
Female 15 Years Sophie Winter 30.07 8th
Female 17-18 Years Eva Borkowski 28.61 4th
Poppy Henderson 29.92 9th
400m Individual Medley Male 14 Years Coast Morland 4:56.74 5th
Alfie WeatherstonHarvey 4:57.11 6th
Male 15 Years Liam Rees 4:49.54 3rd
Male 17-18 Years Ben Silipo 4:40.65 7th
200m Freestyle Female 13 Years Heidi Winter 2:13.69 4th
Female 14 Years Charlotte Aburn 2:14.57 9th
Female 17-18 Years Eva Borkowski 2:09.87 6th
200m Backstroke Male 14 Years Alfie WeatherstonHarvey 2:11.09 4th
Male 15 Years Liam Rees 2:08.63 2nd
William Schurink 2:15.63 9th
Male 16 Years Jacob Marriott 2:11.64 9th
Female 13 Years Maddie Young 2:29.93 3rd
Female 17-18 Years Mereana Martin 2:24.15 8th
100m Butterfly Male 13 Years Neo Salomonsson 1:04.64 4th
Female 14 Years Georgia Dunn 1:06.08 5th
Female 15 Years Sophie Winter 1:07.68 8th
Female 17-18 Years Poppy Henderson 1:07.34 9th
50m Breaststroke Male 15 Years Caleb Ludlow 30.44 2nd
Female 14 Years Aria Bannister 34.78 6th
Female 17-18 Years Meg McLaughlan 33.92 5th
400m Freestyle Male 16 Years Jacob Marriott 4:21.17 10th
Male 17-18 Years Ben Silipo 4:07.48 5th
Female 14 Years Charlotte Aburn 4:39.13 6th
Female 17-18 Years Meg McLaughlan 4:48.70 10th
50m Backstroke Male 13 Years Neo Salomonsson 29.99 5th
Male 15 Years Liam Rees 28.27 7th
Female 13 Years Heidi Winter 31.45 2nd
Female 14 Years Georgia Dunn 31.37 9th
Female 15 Years Sophie Winter 30.92 6th
Female 16 Years Kate Bennie 30.79 6th
Female 17-18 Years Mereana Martin 30.16 6th
200m Butterfly Female 17-18 Years Poppy Henderson 2:31.06 7th
100m Breaststroke Male 14 Years Taka Sugiyama 1:12.37 10th
Male 15 Years Caleb Ludlow 1:07.61 3rd
Female 14 Years Aria Bannister 1:19.34 7th
Female 15 Years Sophie Winter 1:16.38 5th
Female 16 Years Emma Morton 1:18.07 6th
Female 17-18 Years Meg McLaughlan 1:15.19 6th
100m Freestyle Male 13 Years Neo Salomonsson 58.91 6th
Female 14 Years Georgia Dunn 1:00.39 7th
Female 16 Years Kate Bennie 1:00.24 7th
Female 17-18 Years Eva Borkowski 57.76 4th
50m Freestyle    Female 14 Years Georgia Dunn 27.62 6th
Female 16 Years Kate Bennnie 27.25 9th
Female 17-18 Years Eva Borkowski 26.65 3rd
Mereana Martin 27.21 5th
200m Individual Medley Male 15 Years Caleb Ludlow 2:15.35 3rd
Liam Rees 2:16.19 5th
Male 17-18 Years    Ben Silipo 2:11.65   9th
Female 13 Years Heidi Winter 2:32.18 4th
Female 15 Years Sophie Winter 2:29.93 7th
1500m Freestyle Male 14 Years Alfie WeatherstonHarvey 16:58.59 4th