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Racing Restart: Relays 2020

The Swimming Wellington Relays marked the return to racing in the region as physical distancing rules were dropped and swimmers reignited old rivalries and returned to compete in the first meet held at WRAC since the national juniors in March.

381 swimmers took part as Wellington's clubs compiled 197 relay teams, including 3 masters teams taking part in the annual Golden Oldies event.

An open relay record was set by the Raumati mens team recording a time of 1:43.73 in the 4x50 medley, usurping a time recorded by a Capital team lead by John Gatfield in 2012. Three of the four, Kokoro Frost, Tawhiti Te Momo and Jack Plummer, then went on to win the open freestyle event with Robin Shen and Eli Litten making up the foursome on each occasion.

Capital's womens freestyle team, made up of Chelsey Edwards, Gabriella Jacobs, Beatrice Fordham Duncan and Ruby Heath set a record time of 1:48.24 in the women’s freestyle 4x50, overturning a record set in 2008 by just over half a second (also Capital). The Raumati womens medley team made it 3 wins out of four in the open categories by reeling in the gold thanks to Stevie Shipman, Tori Grout, Annie Jencova and Isabella Tunnicliffe.

      

PCA juniors once again gave a great showing in both the Karori Shield Flying Squadron and the Walker and Hall Super 5 events. The PCA teams won both events and 9 events in total (inclusive of age group golds), 4 ahead of SwimZone Racing with 5 golds.

Raumati's Golden Oldies won another Masters event, with Jon Winter cruising through for another gold in the 4x50 Freestyle.

Great to see swimming back in the region as we head into the second 6 months of 2020 with anticipation as club, regional and national meets return across the country.

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