Raumati relay girls stun Capital team

BEN STRANG
Last updated 11:45 24/05/2012
swimming

Stunning win: Raumati Swimming Club's team of Renee Lawton, Dayna Lawton, Chrystel Neilson and Emily Malaulau won the women's relay.

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Raumati Swimming Club caused the upset of the Wellington regional swim relay championships at the weekend when they won the 4x50 metre senior girls' relay.

Coach Jon Winter said the team, Emily Malaulau, Chrystel Neilson, Renee Lawton, and Dayna Lawton, stunned favourites Capital in the final, winning by half a second.

The Capital team contained three New Zealand high performance swimmers and London Olympics qualifier Samantha Lucie-Smith, he said.

"I think they just thought they had it won and took it really easy to be honest. Their big guns really didn't swim well at all.

"We had our best swimmer, Dayna, going last, where they put their best three first, and she was able to roar back and win it for us."

Raumati were 1.2s behind heading into the final 50m, when Dayna, 17, swam the second fastest time of the meet, behind Lucie-Smith.

Winter said it was an impressive result from Raumati's young swimmers.

"Emily is only 13, and Renee is 14, so they're quite a bit younger than the Capital girls as well. Plus Chrystel had an awesome swim which really helped us."

Capital had won the previous nine senior women's relay events at the championships, Winter said, and it would hurt them to have missed out on their 10th straight.

"I think it opened their eyes, certainly to Dayna. She showed that she can be a really, really good sprinter if she wants to continue the good work she has done of late.

"Next year I don't think Capital will swim like that. They will want the title back."

Raumati's 13 and under medley relay team also claimed gold, with Emily joined by Louis Regnault, Ballad Woodley Hanan and Finn O'Neill in the team.

The golden oldies team of Winter, Michelle Burke, Sarah Strawbridge and Moose Burdan won their relay, with Ajay Waters, Jeremy Brell, Rebekah Winter and Mooch Williams finishing second for a Raumati one, two.

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