Before one race was started Waikato was winning this evening with parents from the Ace and Hillcrest clubs generously giving their time to make up the numbers for timekeeping, once again showing how we roll south of the Bombays.
The evening started out with the 400 IM for women Waikato represented by Katlyn Steedman (Ace) and Gina McCarthy (Hillcrest) in the A final. Katlyn lowered her time from this morning with a 5:02.52 to secure 7th in the open final. Gina also lowered her time from this morning and lowered her own Waikato record with a 4:54.55 good enough to secure another Open Bronze medal.
Next up was the Men’s 200 back with Andrew Jeffcoat (Fairfield) and Cameron Stanley (St. Peter’s) in the A final. Andrew swam a blinder to come through for Silver and breaking the two minute mark for the first time with a 1:59.78 a mere 0.04 seconds behind the gold medal mark. This means Andrew unusually picked up silver in both open and age group. Cameron came in a credible 6th with 2:00.95.
With no representation in the womans 200 back interest turned to the 100 fly. The Men’s finals had Cameron Voykovich and Ben Littlejohn (St. Paul’s), Maxwell Stubbs (Te Awamutu) and Danyon Hardie (Ace). Cam and Maxwell improved on their morning swims with Danyon repeating his time, Ben could not repeat his sub minute effort and was slightly over his morning time.
The womens 100 fly was without record breaking Vanessa Ouwehand with her concentrating on the 800 free which meant Waikato was represented by Katlyn Steedman in the A final. Backing up from the 400IM final Katlyn still managed to lower her time to 1:02.84 to get 7th in the pool and the 5th NZ swimmer home. Grace Soo Choon (Hillcrest) followed up her solid morning swim with a faster effort in the evening and Amber Booth and Peyton Tofaeono (Fairfield) were consistent with their final swims of the day.
The final 800 free heat had the fastest seeded swimmers and saw Vanessa Ouwehand (Te Awamutu), Claudia Ashby (Fairfield) and Gina McCarthy line up to sort out the open and age group placings, Claudia was over her personal best but was well good enough to take Bronze in the 17-18 age group with 9:08.82. Vanessa finished a fine day for her with 6th in the 16 year old age group and a solid 9:10.99. With Kaitlyn Sosa (Fairfield) setting the mark to beat in the morning heat Gina knew what time she needed and made sure of the Waikato quinella with a solid 9:05.78 to take gold in the 14 year old age group. This repeated the results of the 400 free and confirmed the strength of our 14 year old freestyle talent pool.