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Event Wrap for the 2023 All Stars Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships

With impeccable timing, the capital presented beautiful swimming conditions for the Interislander Swim the Lighthouse in the morning of Sunday 29 January. The 2023 All Stars Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships kick started the School Sport NZ calendar for the new year, with 42 local students from 18 secondary schools across the Wellington, Wairarapa, Manawatu and Whanganui regions getting involved in open water swimming and representing their school.


In the longer 3.3km swim, it was Mitchell Heberley (Hutt International Boys’ School) who took out the fastest swim of the day (43mins 15secs) to claim the boys 16 – 19 year old age group. Hunter Lloyd (Paraparaumu College) was the next fastest across the line (43mins 26secs) to take out 14 – 15 year old age group. Billy Wright (Wellington College) claimed the 12 – 13 year old age group (56mins 17secs).


Neve Tassicker (Wellington East Girls’ College) continued her strong open water form after taking out the national 5km and 2.5km titles at the Orangetheory NZ Open Water Swimming Championships in Taupo by being the first girl across the line (44mins 10secs) to claim the girls 16 – 19 year old age group. Marina Nadilo (Queen Margaret College) was the second fastest girl overall (45mins 49secs) to claim the girls 14 – 15 year old age group. Brodie Becker (Wellington East Girls’ College) claimed the 12 – 13 year old age group (53mins 18secs).


Jack Kennett (Horowhenua College) was the fastest overall in the middle distance 1km event (14mins 20secs) to take out the 12 – 13 year old age group. Eliana Brown (Awatapu College) was right behind as the first girl across the line (14mins 42 secs) to claim the 14 – 15 years age group. Abigail Thompson (Feilding High School) swam strongly to claim the 16 – 19 year old girl age group (15mins 14secs), just ahead of Violet Carter (Freyberg High School) who won the 12 – 13 year old girls age group (15mins 15secs). Connor Gregory (Kuranui College) claimed the boys 14 – 15 year old age group.


Sarah Addenbroke (Feilding High School) took out the girls 12 – 14 year age group in the shorter 500m distance (9mins 3secs).

Horowhenua College took out the Top School Trophy for the All Stars zone, with strong performances from their 6 students. Congratulations to all schools and students for taking part in the event. We look forward to hosting you in Rotorua for the 2023 NZ Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships on 25 March.

Event Results








Don’t miss out on your opportunity for other upcoming Zonal and National Secondary School Open Water events over the coming weeks:


2023 Harlequins Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships

Mission Bay – 11 February




2023 Makos Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships

Akaroa – 25 February



2023 New Zealand Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships

Blue Lake, Rotorua – 25 March




2023 Aquaknights Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships

Mt Maunganui – 8 April



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