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Central Western Zone Swimming Championship 2023

The Central Western Zones Champs was held at West Wave Aquatic Centre on Tuesday 7th March, with a cohort of 17 Rutherford Students qualifying to attend and represent our school against nine other schools.

The day was incredibly fast paced, with heats moved through quickly and efficiently, giving our swimmers very little downtime to recoup their energy before being called up to race again. Racing was intense, and our students certainly held their own against some fierce competition.
The 100 metre freestyle relays were a real spectacle to watch, with just 2.3 seconds deciding the Girl’s relay, in which our team was 3rd overall, and our Boy’s teams coming 3rd and 4th respectively – an incredible effort given that majority of our members are junior/intermediate, and this was a senior race.

All of our swimmers competed with vigour and enthusiasm, with a couple of our students having stand out performances. Amy Thomson had a stellar day placing in the top six for all four of her races, Lukas Turner placing top three in his three races, Jeremy Lyon placing third overall in the 50m Butterfly for his age group, and Dylan Marais, Dylan Chapman and Theo RobbMarkham just missing out on podium finishes.

A huge thank you to Rosie Simpson for transporting and accompanying the students to the event, and Clair Green, Lachlan Piercy and Jessica Williams for officiating on our behalf.
A huge congratulations to all of our swimmers – you upheld and represented the values of the Kotuku, and should be incredibly proud of yourselves.
We hope that the experiences gained from this event will encourage those to compete even more ferociously next year.

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