Back-to-back Trygve Cup winners in 2022, Pirates Swim Team, were in fine form last weekend. They managed to notch up 967 team points to take out Top Club! They were pushed to the very last day with Wharenui Swim Club, Tasman Swim Club and Capital Swim Club all in contention of taking out the title. This meet was to be the last for Liam Neal, one of the Pirates’ faithful. Having served the club as a swimmer and a coach for the last fifteen years, it was a fantastic way to send him off as he moves to Auckland.
We had numerous national and regional records broken! Jack Bugler of Blenheim Swim Club broke the Men’s S14 1500m Freestyle New Zealand Record with a new time of 19:36.30 – going under the old record of 20:01.83 by over twenty-four seconds!
Another moment in New Zealand Para-Swimming history was relished when Selwyn Swim Club’s, Ella Benn, broke her own Women’s S9 400m Freestyle New Zealand Record with a 5:07.37.
Monique Wieruszowski broke the Women’s 15 Years 50m Breaststroke New Zealand Record; obliterating the old time of 32.51 with her own 31.49. An outstanding swim for her.
Capital’s Finn Harland and Porirua City Aquatic’s David Zhu had standout performances in their respective events. In the 50m Butterfly heats, David went a time of 25.90, breaking the Men’s 16 Years Wellington Record! He then went on to break his own record in the 50m Butterfly finals with a 25.80! Finn’s 50m Freestyle, in similar fashion to David, saw him break a regional record in two sessions. In the morning Finn went 24.27 – 0.04s under Kyle Barnes’ Men’s 17 Years Wellington Record of 24.31! Finn followed up his morning swim with a 24.05 – just missing out on an Open Men’s Gold from his Capital teammate Zac Reid (by 0.04s). A massive well done to our two new regional record holders!
We look forward to seeing the next Swimming Wellington Long Course Championships being hosted a little earlier than usual - in December 2023. While we cannot wait to welcome the action that this competition brings us – we have a big year ahead of us too, both regionally and nationally!