South Canterbury dominated the opening day of the national skating championships in Auckland on Monday, winning seven of the 12 events in which they competed.
As expected South Canterbury went 1, 2 and 3 in the primary girls. Hot favorite Tasha McAuley won as expected, but a total surprise occurred with Amy Dunn second and Anya O'Connor third. In the windy and changing conditions, it became a bit of a lottery in the younger grades.
Nicole Begg was less than a tenth of a second outside her New Zealand record winning the senior women in 19.868, the only female clocking under 20 sec. Jessica van Bentum Wanganui went 20.144 for second and Daina Gibbs, Palmerston North, 20.312 for third.
Guy McDonald won the New Zealand title in 19.258 from Callum Judd Palmerston North 19.442, after visiting German Alex Emele had clocked the fastest time of 19.074 in the intermediate men. Non-New Zealand residents are not eligible for titles.
South Canterbury ran 1 and 2 in the intermediate women with Judah Kelly 20.127, winning from Dahna Penty 20.611 and Wanganui's Rebecca Smith 3rd 20.650.
Junior Girls was another 1 and 2 for the local club with Temuka's Tyler Smith getting her first individual New Zealand title in 21.657, with Leah McDonald just behind in 21.761, with Sophie Tang Wanganui 3rd in 21.946.
Auckland skater Zachary Biggs won the junior boys in 19.347, ahead of the South Canterbury team with Jan Kuepper second on 20.294 and Nick Frame third on 20.301.
In the Juvenile Girls Ella Benson retained her New Zealand title in 23.483 from Mikayla Biggs of Auckland, 23.609, and Renee Teers of Wanganui on 24.146. Benson was just beaten by Chinese visitor, Qi Miao, on 23.467.
Juvenile Boys saw Keaton Swindells find form, winning in 23.692, from Campbell McRobbie from Hamilton, with 24.279, and Kaylum McAuley from South Canterbury with 26.326.
In Primary Boys Scott Hall put in a top performance for second in 28.529, Chase Morpeth Wanganui won in 26.670 and Jackson Fellows of Hamilton placing third.
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