Otago competitors claim four medals at nationals

Jessica Scott.
Jessica Scott.
Otago competitors have made a strong start in the age-groups at the national aquatic centre in Auckland, claiming four medals on day one of the national short-course championships.

Wanaka's Benjamin Silipo led the success with two medals, bagging a gold and a silver.

He swam 4min 40.45sec to win the 14 boys 400m individual medley, while his 1min 59.22sec secured silver in the 200m freestyle.

Jessica Scott also claimed a silver in her first event.

The Neptune swimmer finished the 17-18 women's 50m butterfly in 28.44sec to finish just behind North Shore's Gina Galloway.

She had Otago's best result in the open finals as well, finishing eighth in the A final.

Kiwi's Madison Wills also secured her first medal of the week, a bronze in the 15 girls 100m breaststroke.

Her 1min 12.97sec swim left her comfortably in the medals.

The meeting continued yesterday with the age-grade races in the morning and the open finals in the evening.

It goes until Saturday.

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