Strong performances at NAGs round off long course season 13/05/2014 10:03pm

A team of 23 Capital A and B squad swimmers put in a strong showing at the recent National Age Group (NAG) Swimming Championships in Wellington to place the club fourth overall.

“Our swimmers competed over five days in both individual and team events to clock up an impressive medal tally,” says Capital’s Director of Coaching Craig Albery.

“Even when not placed in the top three spots, the majority of our swimmers were making finals. It was very pleasing to see five of our 16-year- old girls compete in the final of the 200m Individual Medley.”

The NAGs also served as the official trial for swimmers to be considered for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii and the second Youth Olympics in China, both in August.

At the end of the meet it was announced... more

Capital puts its stamp on NZ Opens 17/04/2014 10:11pm

Finishing second club overall, winning medals and making finals were highlights for the Capital swimmers who took part in the State New Zealand Open Swimming Championships from 8 - 11 April.

Capital Swimmers from the High Performance Centre and our A and B squads travelled to Auckland for New Zealand’s premiere swimming event at Auckland’s West Wave Aquatic Centre.

“It was four days of intense competition with our swimmers competing against the best in the country,” says Capital’s Director of Coaching Craig Albery.

“We had swimmers winning medals in individual and team events and others making A grade and B grade finals.”

The meet was televised live on Sky Sport and Craig and our swimmers were frequently acknowledged by the commentators for their... more

Capital swimmers selected for Commonwealth Games 12/04/2014 10:12pm

Congratulations to the five Capital swimmers who have been selected for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Tash Hind, Ellen Quirke, Emma Robinson, Samantha Lee and Samantha Lucie-Smith were named as part of the 16 member team for Glasgow at the end of the State New Zealand Open Swimming Championships in Auckland last night.

Capital has more swimmers than any other club selected for the Commonwealth team.

Details of the events our swimmers have qualified for can be found here:

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Levin meet attracts large contingent of young Capital swimmers 05/04/2014 08:54pm

Capital recently sent one of its largest ever groups of swimmers to an away meet.

Sixty of our younger swimmers (aged mostly between 8 and 12) travelled by bus with coach Cliff Threadgold and parent helpers to Levin’s Autumn Carnival.

The meet was held at the Levin Aquatic Centre on 16 March and gave swimmers the chance to swim all strokes in 50, 100 and 200 metre distances. Ribbons were also up for grabs.

“We decided this was a great opportunity for our younger swimmers to experience the fun of going to an away meet and travelling as a team,” says Cliff.

“Many of them didn’t have times for various races so it was also a chance for them to try a number of new events.

“We had some great results with our swimmers winning a total of 79 ribbons for top... more

Albery secures Junior Pan Pacific selection 24/03/2014 06:29am

Following his success at the New Zealand Open Water Champs earlier this year, Capital Swim Club’s Liam Albery finished 13th in a time of 1:57:07.21 at last month’s Australian Open Water Championships in Perth.

Liam’s performance means he has qualified to be part of the New Zealand Team for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships that will be in Hawaii at the end of August.

Competing in only his second Open Water competition, Liam was the youngest swimmer in the Australian Champs where there was a very strong international field, . He remained in the leading pack until around 8km before the pace of the more experienced swimmers began to show.

Liam said he was really pleased with his performance. “For me, it’s all about learning at this stage. The race got physical a... more