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Wieruszowski Breaks NZ Age Group Record Twice To Make Final

Day 1 Wrap of the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships


Kiwi swimming sensation Monique Wieruszowski has broken the New Zealand 16-years record twice to qualify for the 50m Breaststroke final at the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships.


Competing on day one of the Championships in Netanya, Israel, 16-year-old Wieruszowski was impressive in her heat, swimming time of 31.06s to break the New Zealand 16-years record and book a semi-final spot.


The New Plymouth Aquabladz swimmer was even better in her semi-final, sitting up front of the field from the outset and clocking 30.81s to break the New Zealand record again. The result saw Wieruszowski qualify second fastest for the final, 0.33s behind Estonia’s Enil Jefimova.


United Swim Club’s Izzie Gibson was the other New Zealander to advance to semi-finals, competing in the women’s 100m Backstroke. Gibson swam 1:02.60s in her heat but was unable to better her time in the semi, touching the wall in 1:02.81s to place 15th.


Milan Glintmeyer was also in action in the 100m Backstroke, swimming 1:03.64s to place 20th. In the men’s version of the same event Finn Harland swam 57.01s to place 21st.


Day two will see four Kiwis in the pool. Wieruszowski will contest her 50m Breaststroke final, while Zoe Pederson and Summer Osborne will be in action in the 100m Freestyle. Brooke Bennett will contest the 800m Freestyle.



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