There was a small turnout of Nelson swimmers at the Blue Lake, near Rotorua.
Once again, Alec Swan and Oxford Bayley were gazumped by a swimmer starting in a later wave who finished behind them but recorded a faster time. In a finish mixup, Oxford was forced to swim a little extra distance, leaving Alec to take second place with Oxford third.
Abbey Smale finished ninth overall, taking the overall women’s title by 12 seconds.
Fraser Neill (M25-29), Hamish Neill (M55-59) and Christina Harris (F55-59) all won age group gold, while Derek Eaton had to be content with second in M75-79.
In the national secondary schools championships, Alec and Oxford took first and second in M16-19, while Abbey won F16-19.
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