Stars shine at short course champs

Moana Pool is off-limits during the lockdown. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
The stars were to the fore at Moana Pool over the weekend.

Otago’s three Olympic hopefuls all put on classy displays at the region’s short course championships.

Neptune freestylers Erika Fairweather and Caitlin Deans went head to head in four races, Fairweather edging Deans in each.

In the 50m, Fairweather’s 25.32sec pipped Deans by just over a second, while in the 100m her 54.92sec beat Deans’ 56.50sec.

Fairweather managed a handy 1min 56.17sec in the 200m, beating Deans by four seconds, while her 4min 04.33sec beat Deans by five seconds.

However, the duo teamed up in the 4x50m freestyle and medley relays to claim resounding golds.

They joined Esme Paterson and Sophie Shallard in the freestyle team to clock 1min 49sec and win by seven seconds from Kiwi.

In the medley, Jessica Scott replaced Shallard and the team recorded 2min 03sec to beat Kiwi by just over five seconds.

Breaststroker Ciara Smith also had a dominant weekend, representing her hometown Whangarei’s Northwave club.

She claimed wins in each of the 50m, 100m and 200m races, being pushed along by second placed Meg McLaughlan, Meg Christophers and Madison Wills respectively.

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