Swimmers make coach ‘super proud’

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Performing well. . . The Hokonui Aquatics swimmers who took part in the Neptune Swim Club’s Queens Birthday swimming meet are (from left) Ava Wiegersma, (14) Roxanne Le Roux, (17) assistant coach Meagan McCabe (Assist ant Coach), Shakayla Brown (14) Clark Jamieson, (16) Wyatt Jamieson, (13) Bryan Bennett (16), Joel Wilson (14) and Marlin Bennett (13) PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Hokonui Aquatics swimmers continue to perform well.

Eight swimmers took part in the Neptune Swim Club’s Queens Birthday meeting in Dunedin.

Head coach Mariano Garcia Nani said the swimmers were consistently finishing in the top three of the events they entered.

“We’re probably competing with some of the best swimmers in the region.

“I was super pleased.”

The highlight of the weekend came from Joel Wilson who swam 800m freestyle for the first time.

He finished just three seconds off the New Zealand short course qualifying time.

“That just made me super proud. It’s a long way.”

Top placegetters were Marlin Bennett, first in 50m freestyle and second in 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly, Clark Jamieson, second in 50m and 100m backstroke, Roxanne Le Roux, second in 50m breaststroke and Ava Wiegersma second in 200m backstroke.

The 50m freestyle relay team also finished third and won a swimming towel for its efforts.

Garcia Nani could not be at the meet but assistant coach Meagan McCabe filled in.

At the weekend 20 Hokonui swimmers also took part in the Swimming Southland Winter Series held in Gore.

More than 80 swimmers from throughout Southland entered the event. It was the first of two events which would be held in Gore because Splash Palace in Invercargill is closed for maintenance.