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Aon NZ Opens 2019

OPENs 2019 saw 312 swimmers compete over the 5 days of competition at the Sir Owen Glenn National Aquatic Centre in Auckland. 6 Wellington clubs attended the meet, with 30 athletes competing in total.

There were 16 Wellington records broken during the week, 1 record more than NAGs in April (15). Chelsey Edwards, Sophie Irving and Elliot Lundon-Moore (swimming for the first time for Capital) registered 4 Wellington records each, Chelsey Edwards was the most successful swimmer coming away with the largest haul of 2 Golds, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals. Capital finished 2nd in the club points tally, with 497.50 points, 53 points ahead of 3rd place Howick Pakuranga.


The Capital squad were particularly strong, having swimmers entered in all sessions and teams across all 4 Relay events. Pirates, Raumati, SZR and Tawa all had swimmers reach A or B finals, whilst Georgia Wills (PCA) attended her very first OPENs. Capital bought home a total of 20 medals whilst Bronson Lloyd won the Bronze in the Men's 1500m.

Opens was a qualifying meet for Fina World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, in July. Lewis Clareburt and Chelsey Edwards both qualified for this event and will travel with a team of 11 athletes. Thomas Watkins and Elliot Lundon-Moore had previously been selected and will be traveling to the World University Games in Naples as part of a 7-man team 

Top Performances




Chelsey Edwards

50 Free, 50 Fly, 400 IM Relay, 200 Free,

800 Free Relay, 100 Free

Golds – 2

Silver – 1

Bronze – 3

Lewis Clareburt

400 IM , 200 Free, 400 IM Relay

Golds – 2

Silver – 1

Elliot Lundon-Moore

200 Breast, 400 IM Relay, 50 Breast,

100 Breast

Golds – 1

Silver – 2

Bronze - 1