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2018 Australian State Teams Championships

The 2018 Australian State Age Short Course Championships were held at the Australian Institute of Sport, and the 40 strong New Zealand Team of some of our top Age Groupers travelled to Canberra, to compete against representative teams from each of the seven Australian States.

The competition pits teams of some of the best up and coming age group swimmers from each Australian State, and one team from New Zealand, against each other, giving athletes a taste of high-level competition in a fun and exciting, team orientated format. This meet is an essential competition at the base of Swimming New Zealand’s high-performance swimmer pathway.

The New Zealand representative team members were selected from swimmers who had satisfied the selection criteria and were made based on their individual performances at the 2018 NZ Age Group Championships.

Eight of Swimming Canterbury West Coast’s rising stars were selected to the NZ Representative Squad, with six attending: Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Wharenui), Holly Rahurahu (North Canterbury), Angus Kelliher (North Canterbury), Riley Taylor (Swim Timaru), Lochlan McKenzie (Vikings) and Zeke Pine (QEII). Jeri Masangkay (Aquagym) was forced to withdraw due to illness, and Quinton Hurley (Jasi) elected to compete at the NZ Short Course Championships (qualifying meet for the World Championships).

The meet saw outstanding personal bests from all of the Canterbury athletes. None more so than 16yr old Angus Kelliher (North Canterbury), who set a new New Zealand Age Group Record in the 50m Butterfly putting up a blistering time of 24.73, storming under the 25 second mark, and shaving an amazing 1.24sec of his previous best time. And he didn’t stop there, breaking his own SCWC Age Record in the 50m and 100m Backstroke, and in the 200m Butterfly for good measure, and was selected to an NZ Relay team, scoring valuable points for Team NZ.


Also in top form was 17 year old Zeke Pine (QEII), who claimed the SCWC Age Records in the 50m and 100m Backstroke, and in the 400IM taking a massive 9.21sec off in this event. Zeke joined Gus in the 4th placed NZ 16-17yrs Medley relay team adding to NZ’s team score.

Not to be outdone, 15 year old Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Wharenui), took out the SCWC Age Records for both the 50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke, in new personal best times, placing third on both events. Taiko also took a massive 3.11sec of his 50m Butterfly and an equally impressive 1.49sec and 2.00sec off his 100m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke respectively, earning him spots in both the NZ 14-15yrs Medley Relay, and the final 8 x 50m Freestyle Relay.

Lochlan McKenzie (Vikings) also put up some great performances, shaving nearly 2sec off his 200m Breaststroke time, finishing in 4th place and swimming the Breaststroke leg of the NZ 14-15yrs Medley Relay which touched the wall in 3rd spot.

Sole SCWC female athlete on the NZ Team, 14yr old Holly Rahurahu (North Canterbury) added to the list of outstanding swims, putting up personal bests in the 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke where she placed top 10, as well as a strong personal best swim in the NZ 13-14yrs Freestyle Relay, contributing valuable points to the NZ Team total.

Swim Timaru’s Riley Taylor scored three top 10 finishes, including a solid swim in the 1500m Freestyle which earned him a 5th place finish, and a spot in both the NZ 16-17yrs 800 Freestyle and 400 Freestyle Relay teams, putting up a strong 100 freestyle leg in that event.

In all there were two New Zealand Age Group Records broken at the meet, and all of these talented and dedicated young athletes, including our six Cantabrians put in outstanding performances and represented New Zealand with pride. In this, the first year that Team NZ were allowed to score, the Kiwi kids finished in a strong 5th place.

Congratulations to our SCWC athletes on their selection to the New Zealand team and fantastic results.