Open Water and Aquathlon Champs play out on brilliant Queenstown day

By Tri NZ

Queenstown turned on a stunner for the final day of action at the Calder Stewart National Schools Triathlon Championships, with the athletes moving to Lake Hayes for the running of the Open Water Swim and Aquathlon National Championships.
One of the highlights of the day and indeed the entire festival came late in the piece with the run of Hamish Miller (Bethlehem College) as he outlasted a fast finishing Janus Staufenberg (Mt Aspring College) that had the crowd cheering right through to the line. The effort of Miller and Staufenberg highlighted what it means to win while representing your school, in particular for those in their final year and Miller emptied the tank in racing to victory.
The day had dawned a little ominously with low cloud and cool temperatures in the wake of the weather front that had moved through overnight, but by late morning that had given way to beautiful sunshine and temperatures approaching the low twenties as beanies and gloves made way for sunglasses and ice creams.
The open water swim did test the athletes however, with a water temperature of a cool 15.4 degrees, it was very much wetsuits and a sharp intake of breath upon entering the water.
Once again there was some brilliant racing, with the highlights including a blanket finish for the U16 boys with Danyon Hardie (Hamilton Boys High) just edging a thrilling race that saw the first four athletes all over the line inside a five second spread.
Amongst the most impressive efforts in the open water swim was that of Rebecca Cheyne, (Pukekohe High School). With a beautiful swim stroke, Cheyne proved a class above the competition to win by 8 seconds, making the swim look effortless as she cut through the top of Lake Hayes with ease.
It was then time for the aquathlon (swim/run) Championships, with many athletes backing up after the swim and enjoying the by now perfect conditions with the sun streaming down and the support of schoolmates, coaches and parents ringing around the Lake Hayes venue.
As mentioned Hamish Miller took out the feature U19 men’s race in close fashion but Ari Graham (St Andrews) was too strong in the women’s, running into the lead early on the final leg and easing away by 15 seconds from a fast finishing Jacey Cropp (Rangitoto College) and early leader Bayley-Rose Van de Coolwijk (St Mary’s Wellington).
Other winners on the final day included a double up for Dylan McCullough (St Kentigern), taking out the U16 aquathlon title to go with his triathlon win yesterday and a strong performance from Hannah Knighton (Waikato Dio) who overcame a constant cold and cough to win the U16 Girls aquathlon title.
Hosted by the Southland Triathlon and Multisport Club, Event Director Sally Hayes reflected on a superb two days, with over 800 entries from all round the country, from as far north as Whangarei and East as Gisborne and of course from many schools in the South.
“The support these past two days has been tremendous, we want to say a huge thanks to all of the schools who have invested the time and resource in these athletes to have them here for the Calder Stewart Nationals. We love it here in the South, we are biased of course but where in the world could you race that is better than this in terms of the scenery and hospitality?
“We can’t put on this sort of event without the support of many, to all of our commercial and trust fund partners we thank you for what you have helped put on for all the schools, in particular Calder Stewart. But also to our volunteers, our marshalls and officials, those on the water and on the course ensuring a safe race, thank you for your part in a great couple of days.”
Calder Stewart National Schools Triathlon Championships
Open Water Swim

U12 Boys
1.    Tom Freeman  00:07:15 Darfield High School
2.    Daniel Johnston  00:07:28 Huntley School
3.    Luke Hair  00:07:46 Saint Kentigern Boys' School
U12 Girls
1.    Sophie Spencer  00:06:08 Saint Kentigern College
2.    Rebecca Hurley  00:06:32 Cobham Intermediate School
3.    Martina White  00:06:35 Verdon College
U13 Boys
1.    Will Bason  00:05:36 Saint Kentigern College
2.    Carlos Hardie  00:05:53 Southwell School
3.    Jack Findlay  00:06:02 Mt Aspiring College
U13 Girls
1.    Courtney Elliott  00:05:56 Mount Hutt College
2.    Bree Middleton  00:06:00 Mount Hutt College
3.    Prudence Fowler  00:06:16 Mount Albert Grammar School
U14 Boys
1.    Thomas Bishop  00:11:58 Taupo Nui-a-tia College
2.    Damien Doyle  00:12:00 Otaki College
3.    Andrew Matthews  00:13:10 Sacred Heart College
U14 Girls
1.    Sarah Miller  00:12:39 Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
2.    Chloe Tattersfield  00:12:54 St Cuthbert's College
3.    Olivia Andrew  00:13:16 St Hilda's Collegiate
U16 Boys
1.    Danyon Hardie  00:09:54 Hamilton Boys' High School
2.    Quinton Hurley  00:09:56 St Andrews Secondary School
3.    Ryan Church  00:09:57 Saint Kentigern College
U16 Girls
1.    Rebecca Cheyne  00:10:36 Pukekohe High School
2.    Hannah Knighton  00:10:54 Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
3.    Tahlia Pook  00:11:00 Taupo Nui-a-tia College
U19 Boys
1.    Angus Syme  00:14:45 St Andrews Secondary School
2.    Hamish Miller  00:14:46 Bethlehem College
3.    David Martin  00:14:48 Palmerston North Boys' High School
U19 Girls
1.    Claudia Ashby  00:31:13 Sacred Heart Girls College Hamilton
2.    Jacey Cropp  00:31:15 Rangitoto College
3.    Bayley-Rose Van de Coolwijk 00:31:53 St Mary's College (Wellington)
Aquathlon (swim/run)
U12 Boys
1.    Sam Idiens  00:06:23 Medbury School
2.    Matthew Ney  00:07:00 Gisborne Intermediate School
3.    Charles Lord  00:07:09 Medbury School
U12 Girls
1.    Sophie Spencer  00:06:28 Saint Kentigern College
2.    Sophie Howell  00:06:50 Hilltop School
3.    Emma Faherty  00:06:58 James Hargest College Junior Campus
U13 Boys
1.    William Taylor  00:05:48 Christchurch Boys' High School
2.    Leo Staufenberg  00:06:06 Mt Aspiring College
3.    Jack Findlay  00:06:09 Mt Aspiring College
U13 Girls
1.    Courtney Elliott  00:06:11 Mount Hutt College
2.    Sacha McLeod  00:6:20 Waikato Diocesan
3.    Georgia Hair  00:06:33 Diocesan School for Girls Auckland
U14 Boys
1.    Callum Hockey  00:11:27 Rangitoto College
2.    Caleb Ney  00:11:33 Gisborne Boys' High School
3.    William Leong  00:11:40 Palmerston North Boys' High School
U14 Girls
1.    Natalya Carter  00:11:41 Baradene College of the Sacred Heart
2.    Sarah Miller  00:11:45 Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
3.    Lucy Farrell  00:11:52 Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
U16 Boys
1.    Dylan McCullough  00:14:38 U16 1 Male 1 Saint Kentigern College
2.    Josiah Ney  00:14:50 U16 2 Male 2 Gisborne Boys' High School
3.    Saxon Morgan  00:14:53 U16 3 Male 3 St Andrews Secondary School
U19 Boys
1.    Hamish Miller  00:14:29 Bethlehem College
2.    Janus Staufenberg  00:14:31 Mt Aspiring College
3.    Bradley Cullen  00:14:50 Hamilton Boys' High School
U19 Girls
1.    Ari Graham  00:24:45 St Andrews Secondary School
2.    Jacey Cropp  00:25:00 Rangitoto College
3.    Bayley-Rose Van de Coolwijk  00:25:05 St Mary's College (Wellington)
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