Strong performances at NAGs round off long course season

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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 that Albery would be the Open Water coach for the Junior Pan Pacs. His son Liam Albery was selected earlier in the year to compete as an Open Water swimmer at the Hawaiian competition. 

The swimmers who are taking part in this year’s Swimming New Zealand Outward Bound leadership camp were also named. They include Capital’s Josie Kozyniak and Maggie Burns. Kozyniak had a very productive week at NAGs securing four gold medals.

The Outward Bound camp is designed to help swimmers develop valuable life skills.

The NAGs were held at Wellington’s Regional Aquatic Centre from 29 April – 3 May. Full results can be found here