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2019 FINA world junior champs: Day 1 and 2

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We are just two days into the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships, which our team of New Zealand athletes are busy training and competing in individual events across the competition.

The highlight of Day One (Tuesday 20th August) was Zac Dell from Pukekohe Swimming Club making a sem-final in the Men's 100m Backstroke, where he ranked 14th overall. Dell swam 55.56 seconds which was a lifetime personal best.

Day Two (Wednesday 21st August) saw 15-year-old Erika Fairweather from Neptune make a semi-final in the Women's 100m Freestyle. Fairweather placed 12th overall with a time of 55.73 seconds. Almost half a second faster from which she swam in the heats; 56.21 seconds when she placed 16th.

Quinton Hurley from Jasi Swim Club is beating PB's! On Day One, he climbed 8 spaces from the entry list and ranked 20th overall in the heats of the Men's 400m Freestyle. He swam a personal best of 3:55.64 seconds. He then PB'ed again in the Men's 200m Freestyle heats the following Day Two with a time of 1:52.81 seconds. He ranked 27th overall, which was an incredible climb; he was ranked 44th on the entry list.

Luan Grobbelaar from Kiwi West Aquatics placed 42nd overall in the heats of the Men's 100m Backstroke on Day One with a time of 58.09 seconds.

Grobbelaar ranked a lot higher in the heats of the Men's 200m Individual Medley on Day Two where he placed 15th overall with a time of 2:03.52 seconds.

Brearna Crawford from MAGs placed 21st overall in the Women's 50m Breaststroke heats on Day One. Crawford swam a time of 32.69 seconds. Her PB in this event is 32.23 seconds, just 0.02 seconds off the Open Record.

Amadika Atkinson from North Shore also swam in the Women's 100m Freestyle on Day Two. She placed 36th overall with a time of 57.51 seconds.

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