2022 Apollo Projects National Age Group Swimming Championships Day Three
Mens 200m Free
Cameron Gray made his intentions clear when he pulled out half a body length ahead of Gus Shivnan by time the swimmers emerged from their first underwater and he never looked back from there, claiming a massive win in the 17-18 age group. Local lad Finn Harland continued his stellar run of form to dominate the 16 year age group. The racing was much closer in the 15 year age group with Kevin Zhang emerging victorious in a tight battle against Blake Faleafa. Kemp Williams and Lucas Knapp went toe to toe again in the 14 year age group, with Kemp coming home strongly to take the title. The front three athletes turned together at the half way mark in the 13 year age group, but Orlando Hardie was just too strong over the final couple lengths as he pulled away to claim the win.
Womens 200m Free
Keira Allott was in a league of her own in the 17-18 age group as she put almost five seconds into her nearest competitor to win the national age title. While the racing was much tighter in the 16 year age group with Summer Osborne showing her strength over the final 100m to squeeze out a tight victory over Talitha McEwan. Bella Wansbrough and Hanna Abdou have had some great tight races at this meet and over the full 200m could only be seperated by 0.54 seconds with Bella claiming the 15 year age title. Chloe Peters got the better of Olivia Emmett to win the 14 year age title, while Ava Wilson cruised to victory in the 13 year age group.
Mens 100m Fly
Taiko Torepe-Ormsby wasted no time getting to the front of the field and came home strongly to comfortably win the 17-18 year age group. Caleb Carlisle also got into his work early in the race edging out a one second lead at the halfway mark which he managed to hold through to the finish in the 16 year old age group. David Zhu and Alex Willis were almost inseparable in the 15 year old age group, but David managed to find another gear over the final few metres to claim the gold. While Mason Wang and Eric Yuan also kept us on the edge of our seats finishing only 0.15 seconds apart with Mason emerging from the splash as the 14 year old champion. Orlando Hardie scooped up his second title of the night with an impressive swim to claim the 13 year old age title.
Womens 100m Fly
Grace Baik made Laura Littlejohn work hard for every stroke, but Laura proved she's the the real deal, adding another impressive 17-18 year age title to her growing list of achievements. Samantha Wilson put a narrow lead into her competition in the 16 year age group at halfway which she managed to cling onto all the way to the finish line. The 15 year age group belonged to Amelia Bray who kept her composure through the first 50m before dispatching her competition and opening up a 1.34 second gap on her way to the wall. Rylee McBridge was pushed all the way by Chloe Peters before the Wharenui swimmer managed to pull out a small margin to win the 14 year age group. Arguably the swim of the night belonged to Milan Glintmeyer who got away quickly off the blocks on her way to swimming the third fastest time overall time to dominate her 13 year age group.
Mens 200m IM MC
Asher Smith-Franklin notched up another New Zealand record in the SM14 classification with a stellar swim across all four disciplines. Bailey Conlon also continues to impress, producing a great time especially in his favoured freestyle discipline on his way to another national medal.
Womens 200m IM MC
Rylee Sayer was spurred on by the crowd as she dug deep during her race to win the SM14 classification. The young Matamata swimmer showed great technique throughout highlighted by her signature smooth backstroke.
4x 100m Mixed Medley u15
United have a dominant team across the younger age groups and showed their strength to back up last night's victories with another big win in the relays. North Shore did their best to hang on for a silver medal, while TBSS Central came home for the bronze.
4x 100m Mixed Medley 16+
North Shore made light work of their competition as they stormed away to victory by over eight seconds. While Coast put together a tidy race to grab the silver ahead of United who managed to hold off TBSS Central for the bronze medal.
Tune In Tomorrow
Make sure to join us for all the action on day four of the Apollo Projects National Age Group Swimming Championships live and free on Maori TV Youtube channel. Which features the:
200m Individual Medley Men
400m Individual Medley Women
200m Backstroke Men
200m Backstroke Women
50m Butterfly Men Final
50m Butterfly Women
100m Freestyle Men Multi Class
100m Freestyle Women Multi Class
4x200m Freestyle Men
4x200m Freestyle Women