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We’re really proud of the Western Springs College Swim Team, who competed at the 2022 New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships on 28-31 July 2022 at Waterworld in Hamilton.

Our six swimmers really punched above their weight coming back with five medals.


Tess Whineray took Silver in the 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke and Bronze in the 200m backstroke (17 years Girls), and Sam Kenny won Silver in the 100m and 200m fly (16 years Boys). They both swam personal bests in a variety of events and together were 0.04 seconds outside a medal in the 2x50m freestyle relay losing to St Andrew’s Christchurch on the touch.  Sam’s Silver in the 100m fly was from the outside lane and a fantastic upset result! He also qualified in the top 8 in the individual medley, which meant he was one of only eight boys who swam in the elimination skins event.

Our relay teams produced amazing results. All of the relay teams swam faster than their entry times with the boys in the over 16 years 4x50m freestyle relay swimming into the top 8 and the over 16 years mixed 4x50m freestyle and mixed 4x50m medley relay teams also coming in the top eight! Superb performances by young relay teams of mostly 16y olds, including Liam France and Abigail Sharp who are still 15 years old. Plenty of promise for those teams in the future!

As well as contributing to the relay team performance, Abigail Sharp, Koen Dettling, Tobias Beaumont and Liam France swam personal bests in multiple individual events over the four days.

Thanks to Sandra Burrow from the Central City Swim Club who coached the team and to the parents for their support in Hamilton. It was terrific!

Sandra Thomas

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