Julian Weir won the 16-year-old 50 metre backstroke title on the first night of competition at the New Zealand age group swimming championships in Wellington on Tuesday.
Weir recorded a time of 27.13 seconds to win gold. Other Taranaki swimmers to qualify for finals on the opening night included New Plymouth Aquatics member Ann-Marie O'Donnell, 16, who finished seventh in the 400m freestyle in a time of 4m37.44s.
O'Donnell also finished 10th in the 200m backstroke in a time of 2m30.78s.
Stratford's Brittany Taylor, 14, was eighth in the 200m backstroke in 2m30.29s. D'Ani Allen, 17, of Aquabladz, was ninth in 200m backstroke in 2m24.18s.
Club-mate Isaac Hardie-Boys, 15, finished 10th in the 200m butterfly in 2m25.35s, while Jenna Barrett, of New Plymouth Aquatics, was also 10th in the 400m freestyle in 4m47.25s.
- Taranaki Daily News
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