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2020 Short Course Championships Review

With the announcement on Monday 14th that the country would still be locked at Level 2 for a further week, the tough decision was made to change the 2020 SWSC Championships to a 12 & Over, age group sessions meet and restrict entries to bring numbers down to under 100 per session. With so little regional and national racing over the last 6 months, the region was keen to get back into competition in some capacity.  

The swimming itself was of a high standard, as swimmers scrapped for NZSC times and dealt with the abnormality of no spectators at the venue and smaller scale support crews in the stands.

Tawa's Hunter Lloyd, Capital's Estee Jacobs and Pirates' Finn Harland were the most prolific swimmers as all three came away with 4 golds from their 4 events, whilst travelling Manawatu swimmers Alina Wong and Ari Bannister topped their respective age groups in the 12 and 13 year categories.

Jessica Tikao, Charlotte Gibbs, Oliver Rumney and Dillon Raimona-Pahetogia all put in strong performance's as the swimmers competed in their selected maximum of 4 events.

The 16 & Over category finished the event on the Sunday afternoon and Wellington's strongest swimmers produced a session of highlights. The first record of 5, the only 5 at the event, was set in the 200 IM as Lewis Clareburt sprinted to the finish line in the final leg with a time of 1:55.96. Stevie Shipman and Bronson Lloyd then backed that up with two records in the 50 Back and 200 Fly respectively before the 400 IM produced a grandstand finish. Clareburt clocking another Open record, this time beating Thomas Watkins' previously held record by over 8 seconds, and Sam Brown grabbed his first NZ age group record with a time of 4:17.13. 

  

The Mana Swimco Cup was retained by Capital Swim Club as they notched 2,196.50 points (Inclusive of Distance meet) and the Tawa Trophy also went to Capital, with an average points score of 11.5 per individual entry (also inclusive of Distance meet). The Eyeline Cup, usually competed for by all ages 12 and under but this year only by the 12 year old age group, was won by Tawa Swimming Club with a total of 322 points from the Friday evening's session. 

Short Course Nationals have now moved out of Auckland and squads are preparing themselves for a trip to Waterworld in Hamilton for what will be the first national meet in over 6 months. October will also see the rescheduled National Secondary Schools event take place in Hamilton, a busy city for competitive swimming as 2020 continues to serve up one or two curve balls.

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