Friday 17 March was a big day for Somerville Intermediate School's best swimmers. The South Eastern Zone Swimming competition was held at Lloyd Elsmore Pools.


Somerville had a squad of 28 swimmers: Jacey Li, Danielle Curlett, Lauren O'Reilly, Jade Schumacher, Emma Kitchingham, Rowan Maclean, Ali Al-Ani, George Buchan, Vian Shah, Aryan Sharma, Matthew Abad, Alex Widvey, Seven Xu, Shay Dawson, Finn Wilton, William Watt and Ashton Smith from Year 7 and Laura Wesseling, Caitlin Schmidt, Maria Wangford, Freya Bould, Alice Fenn, Daniel Cieplinski, Ethan Green, Jared Wee, Dylan Reynolds, Bo Crawford and Kyan Brown from Year 8.


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The squad managed to produce 21 finalists in 14 of the individual events. Of particular merit, are the following swimmers' results from the finals:


Laura Wesseling placed 3rd in the Year 8 Girls' 50m backstroke, 1st in the Year 8 Girls' 50m and 100m freestyle, Maria Wangford placed 2nd in the Year 8 Girls' 50m breaststroke and 3rd in the Open Girls' 50m butterfly, Daniel Cieplinski placed 3rd in the Year 8 Boys' 50m and 100m freestyle, and Bo Crawford placed 3rd in the Year 8 Boys' 50m breaststroke.


In addition to these individual performances, the relay teams placed 1st in the Year 8 Boys' 4x50m freestyle relay and 1st in the Year 8 Girls' 4x50m freestyle relay, 2nd in the Year 7 Girls' 4x50m freestyle relay and 3rd in the Year 7 Boys' 4x50m freestyle relay.


Due to these outstanding results, a squad of 9 swimmers progressed to the Auckland Interzone event.


Reported by: Mr Andy Hamilton