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BOP swimmers feature in NZ Sec School Champs

Talitha McEwan from Mount Maunganui College. Photo: Supplied.

Teenagers continue to dominate the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series with the first 17 home in Rotorua’s Generation Homes Legend of the Lake all under 20 years old.

The New Zealand Secondary Schools Open Water 3.5km, 1000m and 500m championships featured winning performances from students at a wide range of schools, including Nayland College, Nelson College, Garin College, Wellington College, Mount Maunganui College, Tauranga Boys College, Tauranga Girls College, Avondale College, and Pakuranga College.

Waikanae’s Bronson Lloyd won the 3.5km swim at Lake Tikitapu, finishing in 39 minutes 38 seconds.

Marlborough's Alec Swan trailed him by 42s and Nelson’s Oxford Bayley was 25s further back. 

Those two were first and second for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Open Water 3.5km championship.

Nelson’s Abbey Smale continues to dominate the women’s field, winning in 41m 49s and the Garin College student won the New Zealand Schools 3.5km title too.

There were plenty of double-ups in the schools championships with Mount Maunganui’s Talitha McEwan second in the open event and winning the 14-15 years old national schools titles for 3.5km and 1000m.

Abbey Smale. Photo: Supplied.

Avondale College’s Alex Dunkley won the 14-15 years old 3.5km and 1000m events in the schools championships and Pakuranga College’s Ella Crowe won the 16-19 year old 500m event and was third in the 3.5km distance.

Banana Boat Series event Director Scott Rice says it's wonderful seeing so many young swimmers succeeding and was delighted to see the strong numbers in the schools national championships.

Scott was also happy to see the Legends of the Lake successfully completed after it was the first event in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series cancelled last year because of Covid-19.

“We had 1599 registrations across all events which was superb,” says Scott.

Bronson Lloyd. Photo: Supplied.

“It was really nice to be back in Rotorua and we are in Mount Maunganui on April 3 and then back in Auckland two weeks later for the two day Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge.

“The numbers are looking good for those events too so we are set to finish the Series on a high.”

Full results can be found at: www.oceanswim.co.nz  

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