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Long Course Championships 2021: Review

The 2021 Swimming Wellignton Long Course Championships kicked off the regions events for the year with 326 swimmers attending from around the country, including Olympic bound (with a decision on Tokyo 2020 still pending) Lewis Clareburt and Zac Reid and a large contingent from the Nelson-Marlborough region. 36 clubs in total competed, with athletes from Australia and Fiji who have attend in previous years unable to attend this years championships.

  

The first preliminary heats on day 1 saw Bronson Lloyd surpass Atakura Julian's 50 Fly record in the 16&O male category with a time of 25.40, Lloyd went on to win gold in the finals by 0.02s, coming ahead of Lochlainn O'Connor. The evening session saw the 400 Free timed finals competed well by some headline swimmers, with Lewis Clareburt winning gold with a time of 3:50.37, overturning his own record from 2018.

Day 2 saw the 800m races begin proceedings with Bronson Lloyd winning the only Wellington gold medal. The remaining three golds were picked up by Keira Allott, Isaac Williams (both Evolution Aquatics) and Bella Wansbrough (Aquabladz New Plymouth). Lewis Clareburt came in ahead of his teamates from Capital in both the heats and finals in the 100 Fly, breaking his own record from the morning session in the process, alongside a gold in the 200IM final. There were two golds for Estee Jacobs and Cameron Wilkinson and one each for Wellington's Daniel Williams, Danele Botha, Georgina Bell, Maddie Kilgariff, Amy Teekman, Jethro McKenzie, Hannah Campbell and David Zhu.

  

Day 3 saw two of the toughest events in the schedule, the 400IM and 200 Fly, take place with Jenna Rolston-Larking coming away with two golds in the 16&O category for both events. Zac Reid and Chelsey Edwards won their respective 50 Free races with Lea Muellner, returning to Wellington under Auckland club Coast, wrapping up the evening session with a gold in the 200 Breast.

 

A big thanks to the Lion foundation for their support of the Long Course Championships, aiding the region in hosting one of the largest meets of the year and giving swimmers across New Zealand an opportunity to travel to the Capital.

See all the event results linked below:

Results - all sessions       TM results file       Age Group Winners       Club Points leaderboard