Taranaki makes waves in Auckland

Last updated 05:00 05/12/2012

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Three Taranaki swimmers won their age-group races at the Harbour Crossing open-water swim in Auckland on Sunday.

Inglewood 17-year-old Jay Cadman-Kennedy won the men's 15-19 years division in a time of 40 minutes 12 seconds, while New Plymouth's Sonia O'Connell, 48, won the women's 45-49 years in 49min 27sec, and New Plymouth's Ross Doyle won the men's 55-59 years in 49min 17sec.

Cadman-Kennedy was competing in his fifth Ocean Series race.

"My time was a bit slower than last year. They were challenging conditions on Sunday, but I enjoyed it," he said.

O'Connell agreed: "It was rough and crowded to start with . . . survival.

"I was tempted to pull out about half a k into it, but once I got into it, I was fine."

Two other New Plymouth swimmers recorded fourth placings - David Wright in the men's 50-55 years division in 50min and Valda Walsh in the women's 65-69 years division in 1hr 23min 55sec.

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