Medal haul for top young swimmers

Medal haul for top young swimmers

A group of young Palmerston North swimmers have been exceeding all their expectations in the pool.

Ice Breaker Aquatics swimmers Ethan Limmer, 15, Josh Carroll, 14, Kohae Cherrington, 13, and Anika Moleta, 13, all got on the podium at the New Zealand division two swimming championships in Dunedin last month.

Josh won five gold medals, two silvers and a bronze. He won gold in the 200m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 100m individual medley, 400m individual medley and the 50m butterfly.

He also won silver in the 800m and 400m freestyle, as well as bronze in the 1500m freestyle.

Ethan set a couple of person bests and won a silver medal in the 200m butterfly, Kohae won a gold medal in the 200m breaststroke and Anika won gold in the 200m breaststroke.

It was their first time at the event for all of them, and they all hoped to qualify for the national age-group championships next year.

Josh said he had been aiming to set personal bests, so to win as many medals meant he had outdone himself.

He said it was a good standard of competition and they had been peaking for the event.

“We were doing quite well, we had done a lot of training.”

Kohae said he was stoked with his efforts and Anika said they all worked hard.

The group all put in a lot of practice with many training sessions every week.

Kohae Cherrington, left, Anika Moleta, Josh Carroll and Ethan Limmer have all been in good form in the pool.

Kohae Cherrington, left, Anika Moleta, Josh Carroll and Ethan Limmer have all been in good form in the pool.
Their coach Emma Mortiboy said the swimmers improved on their previous bests.

“They all way exceeded expectations. We took a team of nine and all of them made a final or a top 10.”

The swimmers will compete at the North Island and national secondary schools championships in the coming school holidays, and are also targeting the New Zealand short course championships in August.

Anika said they would try and keep their fitness up for those events.

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Ethan and Josh are at Palmerston North Boys’ High School, Kohae goes to Manukura and Anika is a Palmerston North Girls’ High School student.

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