Local swimmers break records

Coach Glen Smith with members of the swim team

Members of the Dargaville Swimming Club have had a successful summer season with their competitions resulting in many placings and even broken records.

At the end of March the best swimmer from all schools in the Northern Wairoa district competed at the Northland Primary Schools Swimming Sports, and swimmers from Dargaville showed their skill in the pool.

Four swimmers: Wil Douglas, Kaitlyn Smith, Hadley Herman, and Matty Douglas, broke 12 records between them. Selwyn Park School relay team won the Super 4 relay and broke the record from 2012, and the Dargaville Intermediate team won the Coates Shield for the fastest relay. Both school teams were made up of club swimmers.

In January, 12 swimmers aged 9–12 years entered in the Rising Stars competition and raced in 89 individual races, resulting in a total medal count of 16 gold, 11 silver, and 13 bronze. Two competitors, Brayden Smith in the boys 12–13 year 400m freestyle, and Kaitlyn Smith in the 10-year-old girls 100m individual medley, both broke previously held records.

“Every club swimmer who participated, demonstrated what their hard work has achieved, and each wore their yellow cap with pride and supported one another despite all being from different schools,” said secretary, Sam Simons.

At weekly club night more than 50 swimmers train for exercise, to develop skills, and improve their competition times. With their coaching team increasing to three, the students can train up to eight hours a week in preparation for upcoming events. 


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