Swimming success for Kowhai

Starting front, from left, Noah Muliaumasealii, Oliver Gipps, Ryan Hewerston, Ruby Taylor, Siina Cooke, Faye Dobson, Mia Morrison, Tiia Cooke, Sienna Morrison. Back, from left, Annika Bayer, Ashley Greig, Thomas Guy, Toby Hewertson, Aaron Skipper, Caroline Gilpin, Matilda Christy, Fern Julian, Grace Richards.

Twenty-one members from the Kowhai Swimming Club in Warkworth competed in the Anthony Mosse Classic swim carnival, which was held over three days in Auckland last month.

The Mahurangi swimmers came up against teams from across the Pacific, including Tonga, Australia and China.

Coach Jill Fayerman said Kowhai produced some fantastic personal best times.

A highlight was Siina Cooke, 11, winning two medals – silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke.  

“We had Ruby Taylor, Mia Morrison and Victoria Bagnall gain the 100m medley Level 2 qualification time,” says Fayerman.  

“The girls managed to come 10th overall, with the boys not far behind in 12th place, which is no mean feat for such a small club.”

The club is now looking toward the Junior Harlequins Festival in March and the NZ Division II champs in May.