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2017 NZ Short Course Champs – a Hillcrest perspective

Not on Facebook ?  Here’s an awesome overview of all of Hillcrest Swimming Club’s thrills and spills from the 2017 New Zealand Short Course Champs …

#NZSCC17 – The final morning session over and it was the longest one yet! The girls finished their morning swims and then waited through the 1500’s to compete in the 4 x 100 Medley Relay. We had another swimmer getting on to the podium with Grace taking GOLD in the 200 Fly. Last session is tonight!

Session 9 Recap:
100 FREESTYLE
– Emma placed 27th.
– Gina placed 9th and qualified for the ‘D’ Final.
200 BUTTERFLY
– Grace with a 0.54s PB to win GOLD and qualify TENTH for the ‘A’ Final.
– Amber with a 1.05s PB to place 6th and qualify for the ‘D’ Final.
50 BACKSTROKE
– Amber with a 0.07s PB to place 11th.
– Hannah placed 28th.
GIRLS 4 x 100 MEDLEY RELAY
– Gina, Hannah, Grace, and Amber dropped 0.85s off their seed time to WIN their heat and go into tonight ranked 2nd with the final heat to go.

#NZSCC17 – The penultimate night of racing done and dusted! Just the two girls raced tonight with Gina swimming three times and Grace swimming twice. TWO more medals to add to the collection including another Open BRONZE! One more day, two more sessions to go!

Session 8 Recap:
400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
– Gina with a 1.96s PB to get a BRONZE medal in the Open ‘A’ Final, and reset her WAIKATO RECORD.
– Grace placed 5th in the ‘B’ Final.
200 BACKSTROKE
– Gina placed NINTH in the ‘A’ Final.
100 BUTTERFLY
– Grace placed 9th in the ‘B’ Final.
800 FREESTYLE
– After the final heat tonight, Gina came away with a SILVER medal.
GIRLS 4 x 50 FREESTYLE RELAY
– After the final heat was raced tonight our team of Grace, Hannah, Amber, and Gina came 14th overall.

#NZSCC17 – PHEW what a tough morning! All the big races were today but the girls gritted their teeth and finished strong. In the end we came away with 2 Gold Medals, 5 other top-10 finishes, 2 ‘A’ Finals, and 3 Waikato Records. We also said goodbye to Stella who finished the meet with 100% PB’s!

Session 7 Recap:
400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
– Amber took 3.37s off her PB to place 9th.
– Gina won GOLD, set a new WAIKATO RECORD, and qualified SIXTH for the ‘A’ Final.
– Grace with a 7.23s PB to place 4th and qualify 8th in the ‘B’ Final.
– Briony placed 10th.
200 BACKSTROKE
– Stella with a 0.47s PB to place 17th.
– Hannah placed 14th.
– Gina with a 2.55s PB to win GOLD, break the age group WAIKATO RECORD, break her first OPEN WAIKATO RECORD, and qualified SEVENTH in the ‘A’ Final.
100 BUTTERFLY
– Briony placed 17th.
– Grace placed 5th and qualified 3rd for the ‘C’ Final.
– Amber placed 9th.
800 FREESTYLE
– Emma with a 10.37s PB to win her race and place 14th.
GIRLS 4 x 50 FREESTYLE RELAY
– Grace, Hannah, Amber, and Gina took 2.16s off their seed time to finish 3rd in their heat and head into tonight in 4th place with the final heat to be swum.

#NZSCC17 – Not too many PB’s but a lot of finals tonight! We had a few swimmers bumped up so had six finals being swum including an ‘A’ Final for Gina. We’ve said goodbye to the boys while the girls have their toughest day yet with the 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Back, 800 Free, and 4 x 50 Free Relay all on tomorrow. Good luck to you all!

Session 6 Recap:
100 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
– Gina came NINTH in the ‘A’ Final.
– Grace WON the ‘D’ Final with a 2.15s PB.
– Amber placed 7th in the ‘D’ Final.
200 BREASTSTROKE
– Logan placed 10th in the ‘C’ Final.
– Thomas placed 8th in the ‘D’ Final.
– Gina placed 6th in the ‘B’ Final.
GIRLS 4 x 50 MEDLEY RELAY
– Gina, Hannah, Amber, and Grace placed 12th overall after the final heat was swim tonight.

#NZSCC17 – We’re at the halfway point, and our little club from Hamilton is performing better than ever! After last night we’re ranked inside the top 20 clubs based on points, which is a big improvement on our 30th placing last year. More medals, more PB’s, and more Waikato Records to add to the collection from today with the boys making their first finals session too! Let’s keep the ball rolling, go Hillcrest!

Session 5 Recap:
100 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
– Amber with a 1.25s PB to place 10th.
– Grace with a 0.56s PB to place 9th.
– Gina with a 0.54s PB to take SILVER, break the WAIKATO RECORD, and qualify for the ‘B’ Final.
50 FREESTYLE
– Hannah placed 29th.
200 BREASTSTROKE
– Thomas with a 7.10s PB to place 9th and qualify for the ‘D’ Final.
– Logan with a 2.99s PB to place 6th and qualify for the ‘C’ Final.
– Hannah placed 16th.
– Gina with a SILVER medal, another WAIKATO RECORD, and qualify for the ‘B’ Final.
GIRLS 4 x 50 MEDLEY RELAY
– Gina, Hannah, Grace, and Amber took 0.67s off their seed time to WIN their heat and are ranked 2nd with the final heat to be swum tonight!

#NZSCC17 – We started Session 4 off with a bang in the 200 IM! In the ‘A’ Final, Gina bagged our first Open medal of the meet as she was pipped for silver by 0.08s to take BRONZE! It was a big PB and another Waikato Record to add to the collection! Grace kept the momentum going with another PB in her final too! Hannah and Gina rounded off our evening in the 50 Breast and 400 Free. Looking forward to getting back into relays tomorrow!

Session 4 Recap:
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
– Gina dropped 2.45s off her morning time to take BRONZE medal in the ‘A’ Final. Re-breaking her WAIKATO RECORD in the process!
– Grace dropped 1.16s from her morning time to take 7th in the ‘C’ Final. 3.32s taken off overall.
50 BREASTSTROKE
– Hannah placed 7th in the ‘C’ Final.
400 FREESTYLE
– Gina placed NINTH in the ‘A’ Final.

#NZSCC17 – Another wicked morning for Hillcrest with 9/15 personal bests, 2 medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver), 2 Waikato Records, 2 ‘A’ Finals, and Top-10 finishes for Gina, Hannah, Grace, Thomas, Stella, and Amber. Hannah even managed to come within 0.07s of a bronze medal with a broken cap after it snapped putting it on! Way to show some resilience!

Session 3 Recap:
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
– Logan with a 0.07s PB to place 21st
– Briony placed 23rd
– Amber with a 0.35s PB to place 11th
– Gina won GOLD, set a new WAIKATO RECORD, and qualified FIFTH for the ‘A’ Final.
– Grace with a 2.16s PB to place 6th, and qualified for the ‘D’ Final
100 BACKSTROKE
– Stella with a 1.20s PB to place 18th
– Hannah placed 32nd
– Grace with a 0.13s PB to place 9th
– Amber placed 10th
50 BREASTSTROKE
– Thomas with a 0.98s PB to place 8th
– Logan placed 18th
– Hannah placed 4th in her age group and qualified for the ‘C’ Final.
400 FREESTYLE
– Stella with a 4.11s PB to get 9th
– Emma with a 3.58s PB to get 15th
– Gina with a 0.08s PB to get SILVER, break another WAIKATO RECORD, and qualify EIGHTH for the ‘A’ Final!

#NZSCC17 – Four finals tonight from our team with Gina, Hannah, and Grace in action. Finals means more bright clothing by the looks! We also had our medals presented from age group finals this morning!

Session 2 Recap:
200 FREESTYLE
– Gina TENTH in the ‘A’ Final.
100 BREASTSTROKE
– Gina 7th in the ‘B’ Final.
– Hannah going 0.03s faster than this morning to place 4th in the ‘D’ Final. 0.56s taken off overall.
50 BUTTERFLY
– Grace took another 0.07s off from this mornings PB to win the ‘C’ Final. 0.68s taken off overall.
4 x 100 FREESTYLE RELAY
– The girls ended up 12th overall after the final heat was swum tonight. Well done girls!

#NZSCC17 – A great first morning for Hillcrest with THREE medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), an ‘A’ Finalist, TWO Waikato Records, and a PB rate over 70%! It must have been down to Gina’s 70’s inspired get up and the support of new ‘club mascot’ Herbie the Octopus. Looking forward to what these guys produce over the remainder of the week! Stay tuned!

Session 1 Recap:
200 FREESTYLE
– Stella with a 3.15s PB for 10th place.
– Emma with a 2.18s PB for 15th place.
– Gina with a 1.35s PB for SILVER medal, TENTH in tonight’s ‘A’ Final, and a new WAIKATO RECORD!
100 BREASTSTROKE
– Thomas 15th in his age group.
– Logan 14th in his age group.
– Hannah with a 0.53s PB for the BRONZE medal and a place in tonight’s ‘D’ Final.
– Gina won the GOLD medal, qualified for tonight’s ‘B’ Final, and broke another WAIKATO RECORD!
50 BUTTERFLY
– Grace with a 0.61s PB for 5th in her age group and qualified for tonight’s ‘C’ Final.
– Amber with a short course PB to get 10th in her age group.
400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
– Logan with a 1.66s PB for 15th in his age group.
4 x 100 FREESTYLE RELAY
– Grace, Emma, Amber, and Gina placed 3rd in their heat and were a huge 5.01s under their seed time! Final heat to be swum tonight and determine overall place.