Otago Primary School Swimming Sports

This year Weston School was well represented by 18 swimmers with a total of 38 individual entries and four relays. This event is very popular with 368 racers from 66 schools throughout Otago.


It was a new experience for many with the morning preliminary races taking place in the 25 m pool in mixed aged and gender races. As these races were based on entry times, 9 year olds could be in the same heat as 12 year olds and as a result, all swimmers worked hard and performed very well in their heats. It was wonderful watching and listening to the Weston cheer team in action. All competitors certainly knew Weston was in the pool and there was no excuse for our swimmers not hearing the cheering and yelling from the seating.


We started the morning very well with 17 freestyle personal best times out of 18 swims! An amazing accomplishment. Some very good improvements were Jorja Belt 46.66 (51.62), Lloyd Fellowes 50.30 (55.00), Olivia Mavor 47.89 (51.57), Timmy Sargeant 44.41 (48.99),  and Logan Taylor 38.80 (42.43).

Following the freestyle, Weston had 15 swimmers in the preliminary backstroke heats where again there were a good number of personal best swims. Jesse Cope 48.40 (53.21) and Bailie Lynch 57.08 (1:02.00) and Sen McMaster made great improvements on their entry times.

The last event of the morning was the 50 m breaststroke which is harder to qualify for so we were pleased we had five breaststroke racers who all swam personal best times.

In the afternoon, the fastest eight boys and girls in each age group for each stroke returned to race in the finals and the relays were also held as part of the session. The afternoon racing takes place in the 50 m pool so it was certainly a lot more challenging. All of the swimmers raced really well and again, good personal times were recorded. Our relay teams caused great excitement and it was the youngest team of Jorja Belt, Olivia Mavor, Jesse Cope and Samuel Petrie who had the best placing of second in the 9 Years and Under Freestyle.

Thank you to the parents who supported their children by travelling to Dunedin and spending a lovely Saturday inside a hot, loud swimming pool surrounded by hundreds. It is great to see the children have the opportunity to race in a larger event and perform so well in front of family and friends. Hopefully they are all keen to compete next year as it is a lot of fun.

Weston swimmers, congratulations on your results, your behaviour, your enthusiasm and your great team spirit. You represented your school well.

Individual Finalists and Individual and Relay Place Getters

Girls 9 years and Under

Jorja Belt - 2nd - 9 years & Under Mixed 200 m Freestyle Relay

Olivia Mavor - 2nd - 9 years & Under Mixed 200 m  Freestyle Relay

Boys 9 years and Under

Samuel Petrie - 1st - 50 m Freestyle, 2nd - 50 m Backstroke, 7th - 50 m Breaststroke


Boys 10 Years and Under

Samuel Petrie - 2nd - 9 years & Under Mixed 200 m Freestyle Relay

Jesse Cope - 3rd - 50 m Backstroke, 2nd - 9 years & Under Mixed Relay

Girls 11 years and Under

Alice Petrie - 5th - 50 m Freestyle, 1st - 50 m Backstroke, 7th - 50 m Breaststroke, 5th - 11 Years Mixed 200 m Freestyle Relay, 7th - Mixed 200 m Medley Relay

Nicole Cope - 5th - 11 Years Mixed 200 m Freestyle Relay, 7th - Mixed 200 m Medley Relay

Molly Loe - 5th - 11 Years Mixed 200 m Freestyle Relay, 7th - Mixed 200 m Medley Relay

Boys 11 Years and Under

Sen McMaster - 4th - 50 m Backstroke, 8th - Year 7 & 8 Mixed 200 m Freestyle Relay

Logan Taylor - 5th - 11 Years Mixed 200 m Freestyle Relay

Girls 12 Years and Over

Bailey Collins - 6th - 50 m Freestyle, 5th - 50 m Backstroke, 5th - 50 m Breaststroke, 7th - Mixed 200 m Medley Relay, 8th - Year 7 & 8 Mixed 200 m Freestyle Relay

Kazsandra Cuaresma - 8th - Year 7 & 8 Mixed 200 m Freestyle Relay

Jocelyn Fellowes - 8th - Year 7 & 8 Mixed 200 m Freestyle Relay

For full Weston results, please follow link below

https://sites.google.com/a/weston.school.nz/westonschool/sports/sports-results


Our Weston School relay teams

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Special thanks to Leigh Petrie for supplying the above article and photos, for organising the schools entries and for managing the children on the day.  Also to Mandy Collins who assisted.


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