by Greta Yeoman
Swimmers from Timaru Boys’ High School have been representing the region at South Island and national events last week.
Pupils Riley Taylor and Jack Sands, swimming for clubs Swim Timaru and Geraldine, respectively, both competed at the NZ Open Championships in Auckland last week, while fellow pupils Reed Stevenson and Dominic Coleman represented their school at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Swimming Competition in Nelson over the weekend.
Taylor (17) won a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle, taking 3.44sec off his previous personal best time, while Sands placed fourth in the 400m individual medley, also swimming a personal best time.
Taylor also placed fifth in the 400m freestyle, 12th in the 200m freestyle and 15th in the 200m backstroke, having made it to the finals for each of these events.
Sands (16) placed sixth in the 800m freestyle, taking a hefty 11.64sec off his personal best, while also coming seventh in the 1500m freestyle, 11th in the 400m freestyle and 14th in the 200m individual medley, also getting into the finals for all of these races.
Meanwhile, the two sole South Canterbury representatives at the South Island championships represented the region and their school by claiming a collection of placings during Saturday’s meet.
Dominic Coleman (14) placed third in the boys 14-and-under 100m breaststroke, fourth in the boys 14-and-under 50m butterfly, and second in the boys 14-and-under 100m freestyle.
Reed Stevenson (17) gathered a collection of placings, coming first in the boys 200m individual medley, third in the boys 200m butterfly and fourth in the boys 200m freestyle, as well as placing second in the men’s 15-and-over 100m breaststroke, the men’s 15-and-over 50m butterfly, and the boys 200m butterfly.