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Auckland Retain Caro Cup

Event Wrap of the Caro Cup

Over the past weekend, Swimming Waikato hosted the annual Junior Caro Cup Relay Challenge at Waterworld in Hamilton. The Caro Cup was named after and donated by Harold David Caro, and was first competed for in 1949.

The Cup is a 13 and under dual meet between Auckland and Waikato where swimmers compete against each other in a mixture of relays and individual races for points to come out as the winning team.

6 teams were formed with 4 from Auckland and 2 from Waikato to battle it out for the Caro Cup. Each team was comprised of 40 swimmers (20 boys and 20 girls), 10 from each age group of 10, 11, 12, and 13 years old. Ages 10 and 11 raced 50m of each stroke plus 100m IM, age 12 and 13 raced 100m of each stroke plus 200m IM. There were relays for 4 x 50m Medley and 4 x 50m Freestyle raced in seperate age groups with the teams coming together at the end for a Canon relay with 1 boy and 1 girl from each age group per team.

Auckland team 1 come out victorious on the day with Waikato team 2 taking second and Auckland team 2 taking third place.

Swimming Waikato CEO, Darren Ward, speaks to the importance of Caro Cup.

“The Caro Cup is a great opportunity for swimmers to come together and represent their respective regions. In doing so, they get to compete alongside new teammates from various clubs, building new friendships along the way.”

Events like these are great opportunities for our younger swimmers to race, providing a unique opportunity to unite swimmers from different clubs to represent their respective regions and make new friends. Thanks to Swimming Waikato and Auckland Swimming for delivering this 2023 edition.

We look forward to hearing of and celebrating similar dual meets occurring across the country.

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