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Sixth Place Finish Rounds Out Strong World Junior Champs

Day 6 Wrap of the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships


Coast Swim Club’s Zoe Pedersen has recorded another top 10 finish for New Zealand at the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships.


Swimming in the 50m Freestyle final, Pedersen clocked 25.59s to place sixth equal, New Zealand’s second-best result at the meet.


Summer Osborne and Brooke Bennett were also in action on the final day of competition in Netanya, Israel.


Competing in the 200m Freestyle Osborne was the pick of the pair, placing 10th with a personal best time of 2:01.19s to just miss out on finals. Bennett was 29th in 2:06.98s.


Finn Harland then finished his campaign, placing 20th in the men’s 200m Backstroke in 2:05.82s.


Pedersen, Milan Glintmeyer, Isabelle Gibson and Monique Wieruszowski were then back in the pool for the 4x100m Medley Relay. Having qualified 7th for the final, the team was nfortunately disqualified on its last change over.


While it wasn’t the ideal end to the competition, the Kiwi team will be proud of a strong meet which saw the New Zealanders win a silver medal and record an impressive seven top-ten finishes.


Gibson says it has been a fantastic event which has taught the team a lot.


I feel so lucky to have represented New Zealand at the Junior World Aquatic Championships,” said Gibson.
“Competing at World Juniors has reassured me that swimming is my passion and has given me ambition and the motivation to strive for new heights in my swimming.
“Reflecting on my racing, I will leave this meet with confidence in myself, newfound determination, and improvements I can take back and work on in the pool. I am now excited to get back home to New Zealand, establish new goals, and begin my next journey in swimming.”
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