2022 Apollo Projects National Age Group Swimming Championships Day Four
Is there anything Cameron Gray can't win at the moment.... The North Shore big rig put himself out front early in the butterfly leg and pulled away even further during each discipline to dominate the 17-18 year age group. Joseph Koroiadi pushed Ryan Peck all the way to the wall with Ryan stretching out to finish just 0.37 ahead and claim the 16 year age title. Kevin Zhang continued his winning ways with a strong performance that put him over four seconds ahead of his nearest competition in the 15 year age group. Hunter Lloyd managed to cling onto a tight victory over a fast charging Kemp Williams in the 14 year age group. While Nemanya Markovich surprised everyone over the final fifty metres swimming three seconds faster than anyone else to come from behind and claim the 13 year old title.
Womens 400m IM
Charlie Twose produced a classy performance in each discipline to pull away from the field on her way to a great win the 17-18 year age group. While Talitha McEwan was in a league of her own out front in the 16 year age group, winning by a whopping 14.3 seconds and swimming the fastest overall time by more than five seconds. You could've thrown a blanket over Alexandra Campion and Danielle Asiata from start to finish, with the pair only separated by less than half a second when Alexandra touched first to win the 15 year age group. Napier Aquahawks teammates Breeze van Veldhuizen and Kate Hurley took home the gold and silver for their club with Kate managing a narrow victory to win the 14 year age group. Completing the impressive performances from the Napier Aquahawks girls, Lola Nicholls dominated the 13 year age group on her way to gold.
Mens 200m Back
Cooper Morley looked like he had the race all sewn up when he turned three seconds ahead of everyone else with only fifty metres to swim. But, the night belonged to the fast charging Ollie Lutton who managed his effort perfectly to come home strongly and win the 17-18 age group by 0.04 seconds. Finn Harland left himself with a lot of work to do in the 16 year age group, falling a body length behind Hunter Dobson by time the swimmers turned for home. Even a lightning fast finish for Finn wasn't enough to catch Hunter who won the the 16 year age group in 2:07.28. James Crosbie and Jasper Cornish were never more than half a body length apart until the final few metres when Jasper put in a big finish to win the 15 year age group. Hamish Gidden's collected the 14 year age group title with an impressive swim. While Osbert Gu just outstretched Elwin Bao into the wall to win the 13 year title.
Womens 200m Back
Zyleika Pratt-Smith's winning run came to an end when Molly Player finished strongly to secure a 0.16 second victory in the 17-18 year age group. Talitha McEwan was back in the water not long after her dominant win in the 400IM, but was unable to do the double on the night with Hope Chmiel proving to be the stronger athlete and winning the 16 year age group. Isabelle Gibson went out like a rocket and was all class on her way to a big five second win in the 15 year age group. While Breeze van Veldhuizen went one better than her earlier silver medal to claim the gold in the 14 year age group. Milan Glintmeyer was unbeatable again, streaking away to a massive 6.38 second victory in the 13 year age group.
Mens 50m Fly
Cameron Gray broke out of the water half a body length ahead of everyone else and continued his special run of form with a lightning quick 23.87 to win the 17-18 year age group ahead of Taiko Torepe-Ormsby. The 16 year age group belonged to Caleb Carlisle as the Greendale swimmer pulled out a big 1.12 second margin to claim the title. The top four in the 15 year age group were all separated by less than 0.71 seconds with William Seymour nailing his finish to secure the national title. You almost couldn't pick a winner between Nathan Tebbutt and Angus Lovatt with the race decided by only 0.03 seconds in favour of Nathan as he won the 14 year age group. Orlando Hardie is on fire at this championships, bagging another 13 year age group national title.
Womens 50m Fly
Fresh after touching back down on home soil, Aimee Crosbie didn't let the jet lag slow her down on her way to winning the 17-18 year age group ahead of Laura Littlejohn. Summer Osborne might be need to add an extra bag for her flight home, after the North Shore swimmer picked up another gold medal in the 16 year age group. Amelia Bray produced the third fastest overall time of the night on her way to winning the 15 year age group by half a second. While Rylee McBride showed why she's the girl to beat in the 14 year age group, winning by a body length over Chloe Peters. Milan Glintmeyer once again showed why she's being touted as a start of the future when she pulled away from her competition to win the 13 year age group.
Mens 100m Free MC
The boys turned on the theatrics and got the crowd going ahead of their battle in the pool. Where Bailey Conlon proved to be the stronger athlete on the night in his favoured freestyle discipline. Taking the win ahead of Asher Smith-Franklin with Finn Russ completing the podium in the S14 classification.
Womens 100m Free MC
Rylee Sayer is in record breaking form, claiming another S14 national age group record on her way to winning the classification. While Nia Wallace produced another great swim to win the S7 classification. Brooke Anderson swum well under her heats time from this morning to claim the S8 title. With Sionann Murphy of Coast coming home strongly to win the S6 classification.
Mens 4x200m Free Relay
It was a massive team effort by the North Shore boys who pulled together to claim another dominant relay win by over 13 seconds back to Nga Tai Tuatea a Taraika who came home strongly to claim their silver medal. Local lads Capital Swim Club rounded out the podium with a solid swim across the board.
Womens 4x200m Free Relay
The race looked to be controlled by Aquabladz and North Shore who swapped the lead between themselves for the first 700m of the race. Before they got swallowed up by the fast charging TBSS Central City who stormed home to take the gold ahead of Nga Tai Tuatea a Taraika who claimed their second silver of the night. Aquabladz just managed to cling on for bronze while North Shore slipped out of the medals to finish fifth behind Howick Pakuranga.
Tune In Tomorrow
Make sure to join us for all the action on day five of the Apollo Projects National Age Group Swimming Championships live and free on Maori TV Youtube channel. Which features the:
100m Freestyle Men
100m Freestyle Women
200m Breaststroke Men
200m Breaststroke Women
50m Butterfly Men Multi Class
50m Butterfly Women Multi Class
4x100m Medley Men 15 & Under
4x100m Medley Women 15 & Under
4x100m Medley Men 16 & Over
4x100m Medley Women 16 & Over