Swimmers eye another medal haul

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Nine of Queenstown’s best young swimmers are chasing podium finishes in upcoming national champs known as the “pinnacle of age group swimming”.

This weekend’s Junior Nationals in Invercargill and the National Age Group Championships starting on March 3 in Wellington feature the top percentage of New Zealand’s young swimmers – and Queenstown Swimming Club has strong representation, coach Frank Wylie says.

Patrick Harris, Sophie Gibson, Isabella Reid and Sophie Lemaire-Sicre head to the Junior Nationals meet, while McGregor Fea, Mark Lemaire-Sicre, Olivia Robins, Garry Dennison and Lauren Kerr travel to the capital for the five-day national age group champs.

The club’s also got seven promising swimmers qualified for the national Div 2 champs in Rotorua, from March 18-21.

The meets follow a successful medal haul from the club at last month’s Otago champs – 17 gold medals, 12 silvers and 18 bronzes were won, Wylie says.

Winter training at Alpine Aqualand has made a huge difference to their progress, coupled with dedication during summer training at the Wakatipu High pool, says Wylie.

“I’m expecting them all to do well.

“If they do well at these meets then it’s possible they can be noticed by national selectors – and from there they could be eligible for national development camps.”