Strong Showing from Ace Swim Club at Waikato Christmas Meet

Sophie Hay was delighted at collecting her gold medal for 1500m freestyle at the recent Waiakto Distance Cahmps 2018

Ace Swimming Club displayed some great swimming over the weekend of 15th -16th December at the Swimming Waikato Christmas Meet held at Waterworld, Hamilton. The Te Rapa swimming club had 26 swimmers competing over the weekend and there were some simply awesome results!

The meet was held long course (50m) attracting over 430 swimmers from around New Zealand and travelling teams from Auckland, Canterbury and Bay of Plenty.

The team posted 93 Personal Bests from 125 swims, an awesome PB rate of 74.4%. There were many fantastic races, many younger swimmers taking double figures off their times! Every swimmer walked away with at least 1 PB. The largest PB went to Sean Young, taking 30.90secs off his 400m IM. However, the biggest PB as a percentage was Scout Loten taking a massive 18.65 secs (22.14%) off her 50m breaststroke time, well done Scout!

Ace Swimming Club are the only year-round residential club at the Hamilton Pool’s Waterworld Facility. “We were very proud to welcome visiting teams to what we identify with as our pool.” said Director of Coaching, Paul Dowey. “There is certainly a sense of pride amongst the Ace swimmers over the centre and the investment Hamilton City Council have made. The club is still recovering in terms of swimmer numbers, but what better environment to train in than the premier swim centre in the Waikato region.”

And it was evident the swimmers were competing with the pride of home advantage. Ryan Roche collected two more Division 2 times in the 400 IM & 200 IM to bulk out his racing agenda for March in the South Island. Sean Young also qualified in 400m freestyle and 400m IM. With the recent thunderstorms there certainly is an advantage to being the only club in Hamilton to operate indoors.

Ryan Roche was delighted to pick up more NZ Division 2 times alongside training partner Sean Young

The meet also doubled as part of the Waikato Distance Championships. Danyon Hardie took a gold medal in his 800m freestyle. Sophie Hay was the first swimmer home for the 12yr old girls despite being just 11yrs old and swimming the event for the first time. Taniko Shane was delighted with taking over 48 seconds over his 800m PB and collecting a gold medal in the 13yrs olds. Haydn Leeming achieved a bronze medal in his 800m PB, a first for him in the pool.

The full team are listed below:

Madison Marlow, Scout Loten, Gemma Hay, Sophie Peters, George Loten, Cooper Young, Caitlin Wolmarans, Emily Taylor, Issac Jeffrey, Lily Marlow, Hayley McIntyre, Chloe Peters, Sophie Hay, Sam Loten, Ashlee Musto, Imogen Barnes, Ryan Roche, Danyon Hardie, Diny Zhou, Georgia Bruton, Gabriel Duran, Orlando Hardie, Sean Young, Taniko Shane, Ryan Leeming and Haydn Leeming.