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Feb 262018

The O’Connell siblings dominated the Kuranui College annual swimming sports, held on a scorching hot day at Greytown Pool. An impressive total of six records were broken, including one which has stood since before any of the school’s current students and some of teachers were born.

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The highlight of the day was Amelia O’Connell’s victory in the U15 girls one-length breaststroke in a time of 22.16 seconds, beating the previous best of 22.40 set by former New Zealand open breaststroke champion Jolie Workman in 1995.

Amelia also swam new times in the two-lengths breaststroke and two-lengths backstroke, comfortably eclipsing the existing record times which have stood since 2010, as well as the one-length freestyle mark from 2002. She was unbeaten in 10 races to win her age group, a feat emulated by her brothers Lachlan (16+ boys) and Charlie (U14 boys).

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Lachlan was also in record-breaking form, setting new standards in the two-lengths butterfly and breaststroke, both several seconds better than the previous times recorded by Sam Pepper in 2011. He finished the day with nine victories in his nine events, while younger brother Charlie had eight wins and two second places to round off a highly-successful day for the O’Connell family.

Other age group winners were Serenity Wilson (U14 girls), Ceejay Dennes (U15 boys), Ruby Fairbrother (U16 girls), Connor Turton (U16 boys) and Meghan Appelman (16+ girls).

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