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Golden champs for young North Shore swimmer

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Yeonsu Lee on her way to one of the 10 gold medals she won. Pic: BMP Photography/SwimmingNZ
Yeonsu Lee on her way to one of the 10 gold medals she won. Pic: BMP Photography/SwimmingNZ

Life is gold for North Shore swimmer Yeonsu Lee.

The 13 year old finished with a stunning 10 gold medals at the Mayfair Pools national age group championships that finished in Wellington tonight.

Lee, from the North Shore club, was unbeaten in her 10 swims at the five day meet, with a superb performance. Her final two gold medals came tonight in the 13 years 200 butterfly (2.24.59) and the 200 individual medley (2:25.10).

The next most prolific swimmer was Paige Schendelaar-Kemp (Howick Pakuranga) with six wins in her 10 medals and Sophia Batchelor (AquaGym) with six golds and a bronze medal.

In the boys’ competition, Wilrich Coetzee (Coast) claimed nine gold medals, one ahead of Jeremy Hopkins (Neptune) with eight golds, while Satori Dobbie (QEII) enjoyed five gold, four silver and two bronze.

There were two national records on the final night with both breaking long-held marks. The Laser Mt Eden 13 year old, Gabrielle Fa’amausili (Laser Mt Eden) broke the 50m freestyle mark in the heat and then sent faster in the final to record 26.26. This edged under the 1994 record of Olympian Nicola Chellingworth.

The other record fell to the remarkable Christchurch swimmer Sophia Batchelor who established another record, this time clocking 26.31 in the final of the 17-18 years 50m freestyle in 26.31. This broke the old mark of 26.39 set by Olympian Monique Robins in 2001.

The attention now turns to this month’s State New Zealand Open Championships in Auckland which double as the World championship Trials.

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