World Junior Champion Gabrielle Fa’amausili, 13, Blasts New Zealand Age Group Record

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, October 1. GABRIELLE Fa’amausili earned top billing this evening at the New Zealand State Short Course Championships as the 13-year-old World Junior champion blasted her New Zealand age group record in the 50-meter freestyle.

Fa’amausili took down her national age group record twice, finishing the 50-meter finale with a sizzling 25.33 for the win.

“I’m so excited. It’s such a privilege to race people like Lauren Boyle and Hayley Palmer. It’s just great, I feel awesome,” said Fa’amausili. “I wanted to go into every race being confident, feeling good, and just wanting to win.”

Meanwhile, Kurt Crosland checked in with his second victory of the meet as the 29-year-old clocked a 1:58.05 to top the men’s 200-meter IM. Bradlee Ashby (1:58.70) and Steven Kent (2:00.37) took second and third in the finale. Ashby’s time stands up as a national age group record for New Zealand.

Another national age group mark fell when North Shore’s Caroline Baddock, 18, surged to a 2:06.76 in the women’s 200-meter backstroke with Kate Godfrey taking a distant second in 2:10.26. 13-year-old Bobbi Gichard blitzed her age division record with a third-place 2:13.85. Baddock then doubled up with an age group record time of 1:01.39 in the women’s 100-meter IM later in the night.

Olympian Daniel Bell, returning after a long break from the sport, took home the 50-meter fly with a 23.94. Nielsen Varoy placed second in 24.21, while William Benson earned third in 24.29.

Results, Day 3:
Men 200m individual medley: Kurt Crosland (Neptune) 1:58.05, 1; Bradlee Ashby (Fairfield) 1:58.70, 2; Steven Kent (Coast) 2:00.37, 3.

AWD Multiclass: Daniel Gaualofa (Bay of Islands) 2:31.24, 1; Christopher Arbuthnott (Ice Breaker) 2:37.93, 2; Hamish McLean (Wanaka) 3:48.39, 3.

Women 200m backstroke: Caroline Baddock (North Shore) 2:06.76, 1; Kate Godfrey (Neptune) 2:10.26, 2; Bobbi Gichard (Greendale) 2:13.85, 3.

Men 50m butterfly: Daniel Bell (Aquabladz) 23.94, 1; Nielsen Varoy (Roskill) 24.21, 2; William Benson (Heretaunga Sundevils) 24.29, 3.

AWD Multiclass: Daniel Holt (North Shore) 28.33, 1; Christopher Arbuthnott (Ice Breaker) 32.14, 2; Hamish McLean (Wanaka) 51.70, 3.

Women 100m individual medley: Caroline Baddock (North Shore) 1:01.39, 1; Laura Quilter (North Shore) 1:01.92, 2; Chloe Francis (North Shore) 1:02.73, 3.

AWD Multiclass: Sophie Pascoe (QEII) 1:06.68, 1; Tupou Neiufi (Howick Pakuranga) 1:33.29, 2; Bryall McPherson (North Shore) 1:37.07, 3.

Men 400m freestyle: Matthew Stanley (Matamata) 3:43.59, 1; Ewan Jackson (Howick Pakuranga) 3:47.33, 2; Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (Coast) 3:47.39, 3.

AWD Multiclass: Daniel Holt (North Shore) 4:17.66, 1; Jesse Reynolds (Fairfield) 4:27.57, 2; Daniel Gaualofa (Bay of Islands) 4:47.80, 3.

Women 50m freestyle: Gabrielle Fa’amausili (Laser Mt Eden) 25.33, 1; Laura Quilter (North Shore) 25.44, 2; Hayley Palmer (North Shore) 25.60, 3.

AWD Multiclass: Tayla Clement (North Shore) 33.72, 1; Tupou Neiufi (Howick Pakuranga) 35.98, 2; Bryall McPherson (North Shore) 36.57, 3.

Men 200m breaststroke: George Schroder (Aquagym) 2:11.19, 1; BenWalsh (Porirua City) 2:11.39, 2; Alex Peach (United) 2:11.70, 3.